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Thank you for contacting the Rakow Research Library. Here are some sources that my help you with indentification and dating using ultraviolet light. 

Fitz Stephan, Die Lumineszenz von Gläsern im UV-Licht. Eine Methode zur Herkunftsbestimmung? Glück und Glas: Zur Kulturgeschichte des Spessartglases 
Munich: Haus der Bayerischen, Geschichte; Munich: Verlag & Antiquitäten, 1984, pp. 137-143 

The black light book for antiques & collectibles : detect reproductions, fakes and repairs the scientific way / [from the publishers of Antique & Collectors Reproduction News]. Antique & Collectors Reproduction News. Updated 4th ed. Des Moines, Iowa : Antique & Collectors Reproduction News, c1998. 96 p. Cover title. "How to test: glass, china, gemstones, cast iron, pottery, paper, metal, prints, paintings, textiles, ivory, counterfeit currency and more." Includes bibliographical references (p. 109) and index. Glass: p. 56-67. 

The Black light book for antiques & collectibles / from the publishers of Antique & Collectors Reproduction News. Des Moines, IA : Antique & Collectors Reproduction News, 1992. 49 p. Includes index. Mark Chervenka, editor, Antique & Collectors Reproduction News. Includes buyers' guide and sources of supply. 

The Black light book for antiques & collectibles / from the publishers of Antique & Collectors Reproduction News. 2nd ed., rev. and enlarged. Des Moines, IA : Antique & Collectors Reproduction News, 1994. 80 p. Includes index and bibliography (p. 77). Includes buyers' guide and sources of supply. Glass: p. 56-67. 

Modern analytical methods in art and archaeology / E. Ciliberto and G. Spoto, editors. New York : Wiley, 2000. xxiv, 755 p. Includes bibliographical references and index. "X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Auger Electron Spectroscopy in Art and Archaeology," by Giuseppe Spoto and Enrico Ciliberto, pp. 363-404; glass, pp. 377-378. Chemical analysis ; v. 155. 

Ferretti, Marco. Scientific investigations of works of art / Marco Ferretti. Rome : ICCROM, 1993. iii, 81 p. Includes bibliographical references. Discusses analytical methods, including x-ray fluorescence and infrared spectroscopy, and structural methods, including reflectography, laser interferometry, and ultrasound. 


“Using Black Light.” Antique & Collectors Reproduction News, four-part series: v. 1, no. 3, June 1992--v. 1, no. 6, Sept.1992. 

Campbell, Rex R. “The Use of Blacklight to Identify Old Cut Glass.” The Hobstar, v. 12, no. 7, April 1990, pp. 6-7. [See Folb, Martin A., below.] 

Cox, G. A. “X-ray Fluorescence Analysis of Ancient Glass: the Importance of Sample Preparation.” Archaeometry, Part 1: v. 19, Feb. 1977, pp. 45-54. 

Dessau, Ralph B. “Exposing Snuff Bottle Secrets with Black Light.” Journal of the International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society, v. 28, no. 2, Summer 1996, pp. 11-18. 

Folb, Martin A. “The Correct Interpretation of Fluorescence in Cut Glass Subject to Long Wave Ultraviolet Light.” The Hobstar, v. 12, no. 9, June 1990, pp. 7-9. Follow-up to article by Rex Campbell, above. 

Heiple, Paul. “What the Black Light Test Reveals about Glass.” News Journal, v. 4, no. 2, Summer 1997, pp. 10-11. Additional info: Early American Pattern Glass Society 

Hoepf, Tom. “Black Light Weeds Out Many Imposters.” Antique Week, v. 32, no. 44, Jan. 24, 2000, pp. 3-4. Eastern edition. "As a general rule of thumb, virtually all original American-made Victorian clear pattern glass will fluoresce yellow-green under long-wave black light." 

Kierzek, Joachim; Kunicki-Goldfinger, Jerzy J.; and Malozewska-Bucko, B. “Rentgenowska analiza fluorescencyjna w badaniu dziel sztuki. Wybrane zagadnienia.” Ochrona Zabytków, v. 53, no. 2 (209), 2000, pp. 166-181. Offprint. X-ray fluorescence analysis in art; examples include examination of historical glass. English summary. 

Kunicki-Goldfinger, Jerzy J. and others. “Non-Destructive Examination of 18th Century Glass Vessels from Central Europe.” Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on "Non-Destructive Testing and Microanalysis for the Diagnostics and Conservation of the Cultural and Environmental Heritage, Rome," May 17th - 20th, 1999. 

Newbound, Betty. “That Old Black (Light) Magic.” Glass Collector's Digest, v. 12, no. 1, June/July 1998, pp. 55-57+, ill. Fluorescence in glass, and using a black (ultraviolet) light to see it. 

Parks, James L. “Using Ultra-Violet to View Cut Glass.” The Hobstar, v. 11, no. 6, March 1989, p. 5. Also: "Blacklight," p. 9. 

Satchell, Ed. “Testing Glass with Black Light.” The Daze, v. 17, no. 10, Dec. 1, 1987, p. 5. Especially testing Depression glass 

Snively, Robert B. “Black Light and Snuff Bottles.” Journal of the International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society, v. 17, no. 4, Winter 1985, pp. 25-27. 

Audio and Video Tapes 

Corning Museum of Glass 1986 Seminar, tape 2, part 5: Fakes and Forgeries, by Dwight Lanmon Producer, The Corning Museum of Glass. 1986. 60 min. Mr. Lanmon begins with the distinctions between fakes, forgeries and reproductions. He presents techniques other than chemical analysis which can be used to determine the actual date of manufacture - fluorescence, wear marks, weathering, technology/method of production, marks, etc. His examples are selected from all periods of glassmaking. 

Lanmon, Dwight P. Hidden facets some things you can't see in the exhibition / The Corning Museum of Glass, producer. Corning, N.Y.: The Corning Museum of Glass, 1978. 1 sound cassette. Recorded on October 20, 1978, on a reel-to-reel tape. Following the lecture by Lanmon is the first half of the lecture by David Spink on black light. Lecture at the 19th Seminar of The Corning Museum of Glass, 1978. The lecturer's remarks refer to the special exhibition of paperweights at The Corning Museum of Glass, 1978. 


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