My milk glass collection began inadvertently when I inherited some pieces from my grandmother after she died about ten years ago. They were two Fenton Hobnail perfume bottles. To date the collection consists of 24 pieces and will be continued to be added to in the years to come. The pieces range in date of manufacture from circa 1940 to circa 1967.
What is Milk Glass?
Milk glass originated in Venice in the 16th century, but most of the collectable milk glass of today dates back to the 1700’s or newer. During the early 20th century American Gilded Age, milk glass was synonymous with the cultural prosperity of the wealthy American culture and was “often seen on dressers and shelf tops in upper-class American homes” during this time.
Milk glass made during the Depression was considered “less elegant and delicate and more a production of the -harsh times." Today, milk glass still remains a popular collectable for around the home. Although it is not as expensive as porcelain, it makes a beautiful alternative for all sorts of decorations and decor items.