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Friday, September 5, 2008

Friday Show and Tell - Milk Glass Collection

Show and Tell

My milk glass collection has been accumulated over the years from visiting antique malls, thrift shops and from gifts. Also, some Avon purchases. The collection now includes a bell, a cake plate, two pairs of candlesticks, two candy containers, compote, cruet, plates, and bud vases. So far I’ve only identified two manufacturers -- Westmoreland and Fenton, but hope to do more research on the pieces I have.

Yesterday’s post for Vintage Thingies Thursday featured "Hobnail Milkglass." Today I’ll show and tell about the collection as a whole. The milk glass makes a lovely display in the room downstairs which functions as laundry, craft area storage, and it’s also a half bath.

Along the window ledge a good part of the milk glass is displayed. The curtains are a floral in turquoise, pink and green. The sheers are a deep pink. For privacy, since the window looks out under the deck, I placed white shutters between the window glass and the sheers.

Two Doric Border three-column stem candleholders frame an Avon bottle called Grecian Pitcher 1972-1976.

Above the medicine cabinet two bud vases flank a small oval bowl.

Nearby, a flower molded dish hangs on the wall.

I like the footed dishes and have several of them.

On a small whatnot shelf, milk glass shares space with a Betsy Ross Avon bottle on the top left and bells on the lower shelf.

The patriotic motif plate next to Betsy is Westmoreland’s Flag Eagle and Fleur de Lis 7 ¼ inch plate.

The lower shelf has a Fenton Square Planter 3699 and a Fenton Candy Jar 3688 which has a scalloped edge at top.

Yesterday I showed the Fenton Candy Jar 3880 round low, Fenton 6" Bonbon, and Fenton Footed Comport.

These plates and the lower footed dish are called Lacey Edge.

The candle holders were purchased at my local antique store this spring; the Westmoreland cup and saucer were from eBay.

To learn more about milk glass you may wish to consult a book like Collector’s Encyclopedia of Milk Glass: Identification & Values by Betty and Bill Newbound. Collector Books, 1995.

The soap dish shaped like two hands is an Avon milk glass piece, a gift from my father’s sister, my Aunt Lorraine. I used it as a soap dish, but the book showed that originally a similar design was for a ‘card holder’ to receive calling cards.

To see more interesting personal treasures, visit Kelli for a list of participating posts.


Charlotte said...

beautiful beautiful milk glass pieces. I had three milk glass lamps for years but got rid of them a few years ago. Should have kept them.
I passed an award on to you today. It is on my doll blog.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Wow girl, you do have quite a collection. I also had some milk glass but gave them away years ago. Sorry I didn't know you then...

Kelli said...

What a great collection you have! I hadn't heard of milk glass before - perhaps it originates America? It's very beautiful!

Anne Fannie said...

What a beautiful collection of Milk Glass you have! I have never collected any of that. I remember my Mom having some pieces, I don't know what ever happened to them.

Carla said...

How lovely! And how wonderfully you have it displayed! I especially love how you hung the mold on the wall! Really shows the design! Thank you for sharing!

Irene said...

I love that bath, Carrie!A lovely collection to help the eye rest while you're going around doing the laundry.Thank you for stopping by and your encouraging comment!Enjoy the weekend.

Hootin' Anni said...

Gorgeous! And I love the pinks and green accents along with it...it just fits so perfectly.

My show n tell is all about Fall. Starting with the fireplace! Stop by if you can find time. Hot mulled Apple Cider is being served!

Lynn said...

I've inherited some milk glass too. I painted my dining room a light green to go with it. I think I have some of those same pieces.

A Hint of Home said...

I used to have a milk glass collection and somewhere in the past got rid of them. Yours are very pretty. I'm sure they keep you busy dusting them all (smile)

Dawn said...

Thanks for stopping by today - I love having new visitors!

What a beautiful collection and displayed so nicely. I would have a real problem keeping them looking so clean! All of those hobs, you know! Good job!

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

Beautiful milk glass! I have several pieces myself, isn't it funny I can remember almost every piece you have, including the bowl on the wall, my Mother may still use hers. Fun post, thanks for sharing!

Have a Fantastic Friday!
Kathi :)

Mary said...


Wow! Your milk glass collection is exquisite. It is one of the most elaborate I've ever seen. I especially love the flower bowl that hangs on the wall and also the hands. I have a ceramic one that I made. One of these days I will post it for show and tell.

Enjoyed my visit and thanks for stopping by my post. Have a great weekend.


Susan said...

What a lovely milk glass collection.

Sandra said...

Oh the milk glass collection is beautiful, there are so many gorgeous pieces :)

Thank you for sharing :)

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Missy Wertz said...

You have a wonderful collection. My mom used to have a few pieces. You have several of the same pieces. She loves milkglass.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

just beautidul!!!!

Kelli said...

Your milk glass collection is wonderful and you have everything displayed so beautifully. Thank you for sharing your treasures with us!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a gorgeous collection of milk glass! It looks so pretty with all the pink! My mother used to collect milk glass, I don't know what happened to it. I have one vase that was hers. I looked to see if you have it, but don't see it.


Lisa Cobler said...

You have a beautiful collection. I remember my grandma having a number of milk glass pieces.

Wanita said...

You have a beautiful collection of milk glass. Thanks for sharing with us.

Have a wonderful weekend!

The Tiquehunters Wife said...

Wow! What a beautiful collection of Milk glass and you've set it off in such an attractive way by grouping it all together!
Enjoyed my visit!
Blessings to You!
Claudia O.

Anonymous said...

Wow! You have such a huge collection and displayed so nicely! I just have vases - I don't really see other milkglass things - sometimes a cup. But really rarely.


Anonymous said...

Wow! Carrie, your milk glass collection is simply too amazing!

bj said...

WOW, you have a fantastic collection of milk glass. It sure looks pretty in your home.