Milk glass originated in Venice in the 16th century. However, did you know that back then milk glass came in all different colors including yellow, brown, black, pink and blue? All of these colors still project a ‘milky’ color. Some of these colors still exist in milk glass, especially blue, but white remains the most popular.
Since the 16th century, milk glass has remained a popular collector’s item as well as a useful item around the house. Most of the collectible milk glass of today dates back to the 1700’s or newer.
During the early 20th century, milk glass was synonymous with the cultural prosperity of the wealthy American culture. Milk glass made in the 20th century remains some of the best ever made. It is known for it’s delicacy and elegance and was often seen on dressers and shelf tops in upper-class American homes.
During the 1930’s, milk glass made during the Depression was considered less elegant and delicate and more a product of the hard times. Because of this, milk glass made during the 1930’s and 1940’s is often considered of lesser quality.
These days, milk glass still remains a popular collectible. It makes a beautiful alternative for all sorts of decorations and decor items.
Milk glass is still manufactured by several prestigious glass companies including Atterbury Glass Company, Fenton Glass Company and Fostoria Glass Company.
Do you love milk glass as much as we do? We’ve gathered a few ideas to help you display and find new uses for your treasured collection.