I love looking at pieces online, but will rarely ever purchase anything over the computer because I can't pick up and hold, turn over, or feel it, and my favorite part of finding new pieces is the hunt. Some of my next pieces I'd like to find include hobnail and ruffled edged styles.
A bit of history:
First made in Venice in the 1500's, colors included white, black, brown, blue, yellow and pink. In the 1800's glass makers called milky white opaque glass "opal glass". The white color is achieved through adding an opacifer, e.g. tin oxide or bone ash. Only recently has the name milk glass become widely used.
Milk glass was highly popular during the fin de siecle and was made into decorative vases, dinnerware, costume jewelry and lamps. Pieces that were made for the wealthy during the Gilded Age are known for their delicacy and beauty in color and design, while Depression glass pieces made during 1930-1940 are less extravagant.
Some of the top milk glass manufacturer's
- Westmoreland Glass Company
- Fostoria Glass Company
- Fenton Glass Company
- Imperial Glass Company
- Kanawha Glass Co
- Mosser Glass
Here's a photo from a blog called "High Street Market" that did a blog about milk glass also.