Sunday, January 24, 2010

Milk Glass in White


h said...

Excellent stuff. I didn't know it WAS glass until today. Thought it was a ceramic. Doh!

Happy Mute Monday!

Buzz Kill said...

I'm with Troll, I thought they were ceramic or porcelain. The middle Bud Vase looks like one my mom had in her house when I was growing up. We would always put daffodils in it for her.

Happy MM!

fishy said...

Troll, Buzz,
Milk glass has been made since the 1700's. It is nearly opaque and comes in lots of colors but White is the classic. Tons of the stuff was made but the fluoride used to make the glass, destroyed the molds. Thus vintage milk glass, not repros, are valued for this reason. The rarest was made with arsenic before they started using the fluoride.
I have my mothers milk glass and like your daffodils Buzz, I have fond memory associations.

Good Monday to your each.

Pam said...

Gorgeous stuff. ANd leave it to you to get all antiquey-artsy with it! I have one of those chickens on the nest, except it isn't milk glass, it is pink depression glass, and it isn't a chicken but some other bird. My mom liked pink depression glass. Interesting about the fluoride since I've read up on some of the other dangers it causes to people.

fishy said...

Yep, same fluoride we put in our water and toothpaste. Artsy huh?
Actually, I think some of this Milk glass is a very successful art form. Have a great Monday.

Kymical Reactions said...

am. in. love. with. this.

I want them all. That punch bowl set? I die.

Happy MM, Fishy! x.

Jenny said...

Ohhh, Fishy! My Mother had a collection of Milk Glass and I just couldn't part with it after she died, so it's safe in storage but I think after this post and your last post I know what to do.... my future blue/white room will include her collection.

Isn't it lovely?

you are sending me into my garage and I appreciate that tonight.....

(xoxox. Thank you and thank you for your comment earlier)

fishy said...

You are in luck! That uber fabulous hobnail punch bowl set is available (or was) at Replacements Ltd.

I know I have posted this before but really this Thomas Jefferson quote is my mantra,
" That which we choose to surround ourselves with becomes the museum of our own experiences." This is a fine concept for you to employ.

"Lovely" indeed! Do get the milk glass out of storage, do the room in the spring and make it personal. When you do this, it is yours and so it will feed your heart and soothe your soul.

Can't wait to see your collection.

Karl said...

Good morning Fishy,

Nope nope nope, wishing you a good day and backing out quietly. Having been known as a bull in a China shop, I don't wanna break any of your wonderful things.

Joanna Cake said...

Yup, I thought it was ceramic too! Wha a great take! Happy MM x

Aunty Belle said...

Sigh. How gorgeous!

Love that shell vase, but the swan mug is a winner. But mercy, the Grand Prize has ter be that Tureen!

I have a milk glas cake plate. Must be hand made as it ain't quite level an cakes tilt a bit. T'were Granny's.

I doan much care fer the dots--or pebbly-- versions of milk glass, so those smooth tumblers in last shot is mah idea of milk glass.

Happy MM!

Unknown said...

I never liked milk glass, but your selections are fabulous as always! happy MM!!!

fishy said...

It's okay, I carpeted the floor in bubble wrap for visitors like you!
Happy Monday.

Well, I am learning lots today. It has never once crossed my brain this stuff isn't glass, but then I am not evaluating from a photograph. And I can never remember a time when some of this wasn't in a house I visited, or lived in, so I was admonished to not break the stuff from early on.

Like you I have my Mother's milk glass, including a cake plate. Don't know as I ever tested it for level as I don't bake much. But I do set my Easter tree on it every year and so far it hasn't slid to the floor!

Mom's stuff is the grape leaf motif. She also did not care for the hobnail styles. And those last two, you have a great eye, they are matching urns , rare and very pretty. Plus I really liked the photograph! My Mother had similar urns on her fireplace mantle for years although I believe hers were Lennox rather than milk glass. I haven't a clue what happened to those but expect they are well placed and being loved by a sibling.
Hope your Monday is going fine.

fishy said...

I didn't like milk glass when I was your age either. I associated it with old people. My how my perspective has changed! Hope your Monday is lovely. Have I mentioned you are far too far away?

sparringK9 said...

i like it! it speaks of home and goodness and celebration. i love the hen one (of course) but you cant beat a milk glass cake stand. i think that blue and white cake would look great on there. but who would cut into such art? me@

happy MM!

MinorityReport said...

Awesome. I loved this one.
I don't collect milk glass, but I do collect depression glass, mostly green / green crackle.

fishy said...
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fishy said...

Well put, it DOES speak of home, goodness and celebrations. A good hen on a nest is a thing to be appreciated is it not? I'm not sure I could cut that gorgeous blue and white cake, so I will pass the honors to you. I will occasionally watch those cake decorating competitions on the food network and sometimes witness amazing edible art . ( Not as culinary art, but as an art form)

Maybe Troll will assign "green" as a MM meme and we can all enjoy your depression glass.

Fun Monday everyone!

Aunty Belle said...

Heh..fuuny both our Mamas had milk glass cake stands. Mine ain't grapes.
simple fluted pedestal, and the edge of the plate part is pierced like a lace cloth.

But that TUREEN?? Gimme that !

fishy said...

You can have that tureen if ya want.
It's in the current Jardine du Monde collection from Juliska. Visit I think that tureen is around $600, might can find it for less at an online discounter. Good luck, post photos.