Friday, November 05, 2010

Pink Saturday ----- Burmese Pink

Earlier this week I posted on the meme Mellow Yellow Monday about our visit to the Golden Museum and their collection of yellow glassware. For this Pink Saturday I am going to feature some of the pink Burmese glassware from their collection. For those that missed the yellow post I am reprinting the same text to fill you in on the museum.
Last week the Old Salt and I took a mini vacation and went to visit one of my brothers at his cabin on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri. During our visit my brother and his wife took us to visit a local museum.

I have to admit that I have visited many local museums and most of them are full of nothing but journals, documents and photos telling the history of the area. If they have any displays, they usually contain very little that I had not seen cross over my fathers auction block during my years of working in the family business.

This museum turned out to be a real surprise. Frankly, it is situated out in the middle of nowhere in a unincorporated area known as Golden, Missouri (population 846 ) fifteen minutes from Arkansas. And it is without a doubt the best local museum I have visited. They have all types of Indian Artifacts, Civil War Artifacts, and many great collections. The glassware collection certainly outmatches many collections I have seen in larger city museums.

This is known as Burmese Glass. It was patented by the Mt. Washington Glass Co. of New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1885. Most pieces had a shading of colors from a pale yellow to a blush pink. It originally came in both a shiny and a satin finish. Mt. Washington stop making the glass in the early 1900 because they claimed it was to expensive to make because gold and uranium were the main ingredients.

Many companies have made forms of the glass over the years. The Fenton Art Glass Co. is the only company to successfully replicate the original look of Burmese glass without the use of the expensive ingredients. They began manufacturing the glass in 1970 and continue to this day.
Queen Victoria visited the US in 1885 and was presented with a tea set by the Mt. Washington Glass Co. She remarked that the glass reminded her of a Burmese sunset and the glass has been known as Burmese Glass ever since.
I am linking this post to Pink Saturday, hosted by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound. To join in the fun or just visit the pink post of others visit Beverly and her friends at

The Mellow Yellow post mentioned above can be found by clicking here.


  1. Happy Pink Saturday. Thanks for sharing those beautiful pink treasures. Loved the Nautilus shell. My hubby's retired out of the US Coast Guard- another old

  2. I've never heard of this glass before, but it sure is lovely! Thanks for the history lesson on it too. I know so little about glassware and pottery, that every little bit really helps!
    Happy Pink Saturday!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this. It is truly wonderful. My mother and I collect Fenton and we have numerous pieces between us. How wonderful to know where it truly came from.
    Hugs, LisaKay

  4. I have heard of Burmese glass before but knew nothing of the history. That was a fun little lesson! thanks for sharing.


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