How to Start Collecting Milk Glass
If you are interested in collecting milk glass or you want to get started, it is important to know certain aspects of collecting. If you don’t, then you risk collecting faux pieces and finding out that your collection of 1800s milk glass may not be what you thought it was. This can be quite the disheartening scenario, which is why you want to do what you can to prevent it.
So how do you go about collecting milk glass? First, you have to know what you’re looking for.
Steps to collecting milk glass
It is easy to determine what it is you are looking for when you educate yourself on the appearance of genuine milk glass. You know that it is an opaque white that can also come in a variety of other colors. Blue, green, pink, brown, and black tend to be some of the colors you will find. However, milk glass from over a hundred years ago may appear to be blue or green as well. A color such as pink is something that you may have seen in your grandma’s dish collection when you were a child.
You also need to keep in mind that there are a lot of reproductions out there and it can be difficult to tell the difference because they’re just that good. So here is what you need to do:
Look at the bottom of the milk glass item and see if there is some sort of marking there. You may see something like a company name or a patent date. If a date is present, you automatically have the age of the piece. If you have just a company name, you can get a clue. You can also look at the wear and tear on the item to determine age.
You may find that animal covered milk glass items are quite popular. You have to be very careful about these particular items because there is not always a date or manufacturer imprinted on them. Although they are popular, collectors have to be vigilant to ensure they are not getting a faux piece.
It helps if you purchase a milk glass pricing guide when looking for pieces. This helps you to identify colors, patterns, values, and so much more. The great thing about milk glass collecting is that you can learn as you go.
If you can find it out, ask for the history of the item and its authentication. It always helps to have this information.
Try to collect from antique shops and collectors. However, you may want to scope out items that belong to older relatives because they may have some in their collections.
Try joining a milk glass society or a group in your area. You can learn a lot from these individuals and you never know when they will learn a lot from you.
The most important part of collecting milk glass is to have fun. Looking at the various pieces, pricing them, and buying them make for an excellent hobby that you can enjoy for the rest of your life. Take pride in your collection.