Thursday, March 26, 2009

Milk Glass




Milk glass, to me, is a classic. It's white. It matches everything. It's lady like and a little retro... I never tire of it. This type of glassware has been in production since the mid-1800s (but hasn't been produced in large numbers since the 1980s), so when I shop the flea markets, I often come across some interesting milk glass. With over 150 years of production, there is plenty to choose from. First developed as porcelain for the masses, the white milky glass material was turned into compotes, bowls, etc. But because many of these pieces are not marked, it's really hard to tell the old from the "not so old." One of the largest producers in the twentieth century was Westmoreland Glass Company of Grapeville, Pennsylvania; however, their factory closed in 1985. Only a handful of companies still manufacture milk glass, including the well-known Fenton Art Glass Company of Williamstown, West Virginia.

Here are a few pieces that are listed in the shop...












3 comments:

compulsively compiled said...

I too am a fan of milk glass. My collection is still fairly small (maybe 15 pieces) but I do love it. A few of the pieces were given to me by my mother-in-law. They were wedding gifts to her 50 years ago.

My favorites are the ones that are somewhat translucent and have bumps and bubbles.

High Street Market said...

I love those too-- the Fenton Hobnail milk glass with the bumps. I call them "warty" milk glass. :)

Cheryl @ Vintage Serenity said...

thanks for posting this great article and photos on milk glass!! I blogged today about it and linked to your photos! Hugs and Blessings! ~Cheryl

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