Unique Milk Glass Characteristics

There are some characteristics of milk glass that are quite unique. It is important that you know these characteristics in your collecting endeavors so that you know what to look for. This can help you determine whether a piece is real or not real, especially since there are a lot of faux pieces that are circulating out there today.

So make sure you know these characteristics so that you can identify what is real and what isn’t. You never know when you are going to find a very valuable piece at a yard sale or a flea market. Although it is ideal to purchase from collectors and antique shops, these unique pieces can be found in the most unexpected places.

What to look out for

There are some milk glass items that are simply plain milk glass. This means that they may be white, blue, pink, green, brown, or another color with no patterns on them. They may have ruffled edges or something of that sort, but that is about it. You may have a manufacture date or manufacturer’s name on the bottom, but this isn’t 100%

Then there are those that have certain patterns printed on them. You may find flowers, animals, pictures of places, and other patterns printed on them. But there are some other identifying characteristics. One of those characteristics is Hobnail. The manufacturer, Fenton, was very well known for Hobnail. If you’re not sure what it is, it is a raised pattern of lace and bumps so that lace is simulated by the glass. Some may call this “ruffles” because Hobnail can also simulate a ruffle-like look as well.

The best way to identify

When looking at the unique characteristics of milk glass, it is important to be aware of certain markings and patterns that are common amongst certain manufacturers. For instance, you now know that Hobnail was common amongst Fenton. Now it is important to study what is common amongst such manufacturers as Westmoreland, L.E. Smith Glass Company, U.S. Glass Company, Duncan Glass, and many others that have created milk glass throughout the years. There are books and Internet resources that you can take advantage of.

But when making your choice of milk glass items, make sure that what you’re dealing is 100% genuine. Yes, the milk glass item may consist of its original glass, but are there any replacement parts? For instance, does the salt shaker have its original lid or a replacement lid? This is where you want to evaluate chips, discolorations, and any other features on the rest of the item. If the lid looks too new, then you have a replacement and you can’t completely pass it off as 100% original. Someone else may, though, to try and fool you, but don’t let that happen.

You would be surprised how something as simple as the chips on a piece can tell a story. You can also tell if a piece is very old by looking at the wear and tear on it. This is usually what brings about a lot of attention to a specific piece. When it looks old, the collector then goes on a search for the manufacturer and the date, so be mindful of these things.