Building a Milk Glass Collection

Farmhouse Hens – Milk Glass

Today the Farmhouse Hens are focusing on Milk Glass.  Because I couldn’t find the milk glass paint I wanted in time, I decided to share my milk glass collection and write about purchasing and collecting milk glass.    My talented friend’s posts are located at the end of mine, make sure you click around and see what they have created for you.

When the Farmhouse Hens decided to do a post about milk glass I was excited until I couldn’t find the milk glass paint in time to make something.   Only one of these pieces is real milk glass, can you guess which one?
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It’s not easy to recognize authentic milk glass,  its one of those things you learn with practice and research.  I am still very much still learning how to recognize it, I don’t have a “trained eye” for it yet but that doesn’t stop me.  The platter in the back looks the most vintage,  but its new from Crate and Barrel.  The real milk glass is the compote bowl on the left.
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It was easy to tell because it had a Fenton label and I found it at an antique store.  Not sure how old it is yet, but I read that Fenton did not label their glassware until after 1970.  Fenton is also known for the hobnail pattern, and the ruffled edging you see.

Purchasing Milk Glass

Milk glass is both beautiful and very collectible.   Because antique milk glass is so collectible you have to be careful when purchasing it.  There is a difference between milk glass and white glass and you want to make sure you’re not paying milk glass prices for white glass.
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If I am purchasing a vase at a garage sale for $5.00 that I like and will use, I don’t care if its real milk glass or not. I think the vase is real vintage milk glass, but I don’t know that it is.    Someday I may find out, but it’s lovely as it is.
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But if I am buying a tiny dish for $20 at an antique fair, I don’t buy it if I am unsure of its authenticity.   This little dish is a Fenton.
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When shopping for milk glass,  look for pieces that you think may be milk glass.  Don’t make purchase choices from most dealers labels.  If I like a piece of glass, I see what I can find out about it researching on my iPhone, right then before I purchase it.

The last time I went antiquing, I was unhappily shocked to see pyrex coffee cups from the 1970s labeled as milk glass.  Pyrex glassware is not milk glass.  Pyrex is much more basic, less showy, and much less ornate than milk glass.  Milk glass does not go “from freezer to oven” like Pyrex advertises.  Milk glass is not heat resistant, it’s for display or serving, you don’t ever put milk glass in the oven.

How to Recognize Milk Glass

The best way to buy milk glass is from an authorized dealer you know and trust.  Milk glass is usually very decorative and detailed.  I was surprised to learn that not all milk glass is white.   Look for Fenton, Imperial, Fostoria and Westmoreland markings.
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Want to Learn More?

The internet has all kinds of information on milk glass.  After some research, I found the following informative references that I use.

This webpage has lots of information and different examples of milk glass.  http://www.milkglass.org/

Here are some links to books if your interested in learning more (I am not an Amazon affiliate these are just on my wish list.)

The Milk Glass Book by Frank Chiarenza

Milk Glass – Imperial Glass Corporation by Myrna and Bob Garrison

The Big Book of Fenton Milk Glass, by John Walk

 

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18 thoughts on “Building a Milk Glass Collection

    1. This blog hop is so pretty. Anything you want to serve looks much more appealing on pretty dishware, and your heirlooms are gorgeous. Lucky you!!!!

    1. Hi Debra. I have so many things to spend my spare coin on I don’t get to collect as much vintage glass as I would like. The stuff is gorgeous and I feel sentimental about it, its always exciting when you find a gorgeous piece at a good price. I know for you its the same thing with furniture.

    1. Thank you Denise. I really enjoy milk glass, my collection is small but I really love it. Especially the large compote bowl.

    1. Thank you Sam. I was a little bit offended when seeing stuff from the 70s that I remember being sold as antiques lol. I recently saw the miniature ironing board I played on while I was 4 in an antique store but at least that is the 1960s, so I felt better about it.

    1. I don’t believe that it really matters if its real or not. As long as she loves it and did pay milk glass prices for glass. Milk glass is so easy and pretty to use.

    1. Thank you Michelle, it was way in the back of the display and I had to move a bunch of other stuff to get to it. Worth the persistence.

    1. Thank you Julie. Milk glass is becoming collectible so the prices are going up and like I explained vendors are using the term milk glass for all sorts of stuff that just doesn’t have the monetary value. I am glad you liked it.

  1. I love your milk glass pieces, Leanna. It can be hard to spot authentic pieces since many of the manufactures chose not to include labels of any kind. I have a number of those in my collection. A couple of weeks ago, a close friend of mine was clearing out his mother’s house to sell. He sent a photo of a milk glass compote to me and asked it I wanted it. Yes! I’ve researched it and found that it’s Indiana Glass. He says he knows it had been in his mother’s house since the 50s. I agree with you that serving any food in a pretty milk glass dish just makes it special.

  2. Oh, I love milk glass! It’s so classic and timeless. It goes with just about everything; it’s the little black dress of glassware. I would love to collect if I had the space. Instead I buy and sell to collectors. I still get the thrill of owning it for a little while, haha!

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