Fun Facts About Milk Glass

Introduction:I was gifted 15 exquisite pieces of milk glass by a woman, whom I greatly admired. Because I don't believe "orphans" would fit with my beloved collection, I chose not to pursue other pieces.

Here are fun facts about milk glass.

  • 01

    What Is Milk Glass?

    Milk Glass is almost opaque when you hold it up to the light. It is normally pressed, but a few pieces were blown. The milk glass you are likely familiar with is white and looks "milky". It has been popular for centuries. Milk glass is made from silica, sand, soda ash and lime; the "opacifiers" or fluorine compounds provide the opaque nature.

  • 02

    Why Is It Called Milk Glass?

    Glass makers call it opal (oh-pal). To dealers and collectors, it has always been known as milk glass, probably for its milky appearance. Some people call all opaque glass milk glass, such as "red milk glass" or "black milk glass".

  • 03

    What Are Patterns and Pieces of Milk Glass?

    Milk glass is very collectible, the whimsical covered animal dishes are in high demand. Patterns named Dewey or Teardrop and Tassel are difficult to find. During the 19th century, many royalty commemorative items were manufactured in tribute to Queen Victoria.

    Fenton produced over 300 of their famous Hobnail items. The rare items now sell for hundreds of dollars. Characteristic of Fenton pieces are unique ruffled edges.

  • 04

    National Milk Glass Collectors Society

    The National Milk Glass Collectors Society was founded in the mid 1980s. They push out a publication "Opaque News" that is beneficial to milk glass collectors. They hold an annual convention in September where collectors from far and wide gather.

  • 05

    Milk Glass Enjoying Resurgence For Vintage Wedding Themes

    Bride-to-be's are scurrying to grandma's house to borrow white-footed candy dishes in a raised grape motif for their candy buffet. Adding milk glass to wedding décor is chic and classy.

    Milk glass salt and pepper shakers, sugar bowls and creamers are lovely on the tables. Pedestal cake plates are transformed to exquisite cupcake stands or dishes for hors d'oeuvres.

    The thin, tall milk glass vases can be upcycled as delicate taper candle holders. Or, for a pop of color on every table, insert a long-stemmed red rose in milk glass bud vases.

    Vintage Wedding Themes and milk glass are the perfect complement to the bride's elegant vintage gown.


Final Thoughts

My little milk glass family puts out a great deal of ancestor energy. I had them displayed on the mantle, but the mantle is also white and they weren't happy. Now, I've moved them to a lighted glass-fronted cabinet on a black velvet background.

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