McKee Glass Custard Glass Candlestick Pair

McKee Glass Custard Glass Candlestick Pair
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Vintage From Paul is delighted to offer these antique, genuine Custard Glass, Candlestick Pair from the McKee Glass Company.

The Candlesticks are a creamy yellow custard glass; the raised gold trim like lacing or rope-braid.

Custard Glass was first produced in England around 1880, novelties, salt dips, small baskets, etc were created in creamy custard glass but it was not made in America for nearly five more years. The first American company said to produce custard glass was the Dithridge Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The McKee Glass Company produced Custard Glass in the factories from 1905 to 1927.

Uranium salts, which were also a common ingredient in producing brightly colored yellow and green glass for more than a hundred years. In custard glass, uranium is what gives the glass its deep cream color. In fact, if you have a Geiger counter handy, you will also get a positive reading on custard and any other form of uranium glass. Before you run to store it in a lead-lined container, be aware that the levels of uranium used in even a large collection of uranium glass have been found to be no more harmful the ones we are exposed to each day from our microwaves and TVs. In fact, that unique ingredient is what makes the glass so favored by collectors today.

Little uranium glass has been produced since World War II, when the atomic bomb made it desirable for the military to restrict access to the element and glass workers became hesitant to use it due to its radioactivity. Though the military lifted those restrictions a decade later, few companies use the element in glass creation now. Other chemicals have been produced that can create the same colors, and strict health regulations requiring special handling and storage of uranium in glass production make it highly unlikely that custard glass will ever be produced in any substantial quantity again.

Each of the candlesticks measure 3.625 inches in height and they measure 3.25 inches in diameter at the base..

The candlesticks glow a light green when black light tested.

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