Hello friends! I hope your Monday went smoothly. Mine was rather busy but very productive, which is always good. I also got to package up my first sale from my new Vintage Shoppe on Etsy — ve…. Here they are, my growing family of hands.
Collectible Milk Glass ~ Information, history, overview for glass collectors.
Pressed glass actually is molded glass, since it was made by pressing molten glass into a mold either by hand or by machine. Examples of machine-pressed glass would include most Depression glass patterns along with other types of glassware, and many times mold lines are quite visibly present on these lower quality yet perfectly collectible pieces. This is the type of glassware that would typically qualify as pressed glass. Heisey, among other companies that made fine quality "elegant" glassware, employed the process of manual pressing to produce elegant glassware entirely by hand. Evidence of the mold is rarely seen on these pieces and they're not traditional examples of molded glass. Jeannette and Anchor Hawking are the two companies that made the majority of depression glass.
This vintage milk glass compote in the Hobnail Pattern with a ruffled edge was made by the Fenton Glass Co. Fenton and his brother John W. Fenton in an old glass factory building in Martins Ferry, Ohio. They began by painting decorations on glass blanks made by other glass manufacturers.
This type of glass can also show various degrees of translucency, permitting some light to shine through when held up to a strong light source. Milk glass is believed to have been made at least as early as the s in Venice, Italy. This type of glass was originally introduced as a lower-cost alternative to porcelain, which was highly prized and being imported to Europe from China. Milk glass has gone through several periods of renewed popularity over the years. Opaque glass was being produced in the United States as early as the s, but there is relatively little information available on companies that were producing it during that era.