Sunday, August 30, 2009

The History of Milk Glass

The origin of Milk Glass dates back to the 1700's in England. It was originally called "Opal Ware" by the glassmakers, but due to the milky white coloration of the pieces, it became known by the more popular name of "milk glass". It was meant to be an imitation of china and porcelain when it was first produced in England. The milk glass products did not become really popular until the mid 1800's when it realized a great deal of success commercially. Milk glass produced during the late 1800's - early 1900's is highly prized by collectors.

Milk glass not only comes in the well-known opaque white, but it also comes in pink, blue, yellow, caramel, green and black. The black milk glass is really a dark amethyst that when held up to the light, purple can be seen around the edges. The pink milk glass is one of the more popular colors and these pieces are some of the most highly sought after today.

The most popular pattern in milk glass is the paneled grape pattern by the Westmoreland Glass Co. Westmoreland was in business from 1889 - 1985. It is thought to be one of the most collected of the patterns in milk glass. Another popular type and most expensive of milk glass are the figurals and animals. They were originally used as packaging containers for mustard, ketchup, vinegar, and preserves. These containers were used by manufacturers as enticements for people to buy their product. They were made from the 1890's and early 1900's. Two of the most sought after and collectible manufacturers of milk glass are McKee and Flaccus. Their pieces are the oldest figural containers that were made and most were unsigned since they were considered giveaways. Other well-known manufacturers of "Milk Glass" products are Anchor Hocking, Fostoria, and Indiana Glass.

Monday, August 10, 2009

We are proud to present the Cottage Style Display Shelf, our newest addition to The Roseberry Collection.

This pretty display shelf is built out of solid wood, stands 31" tall, 25 1/2" wide and is 6" deep.

This gorgeous shabby cottage style shelf is the perfect way to show off your best vintage and antique china. We can custom build this pretty shelf to your specifications.