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Milk Glass

Milk glass, so named for its milky opacity, has a heritage that dates back centuries. Antique milk glass is celebrated by collectors, but its acclaim continues to grow today with modern producers still creating styles in the glass type.

Though the name of milk glass is relatively recent, the technique dates to the 1500s and its discovery by ingenious Venetian glassmakers. They deduced that the addition of opacifier chemicals such as bone ash could, when added to a molten glass mixture, render the finished glass brilliantly opaque.

The somewhat opalescent effect in some milk glass resulted in the technique being known as opal glass, and it was this luminous effect that catapulted milk glass into celebrity. By the end of the 19th century, milk glass pieces were incredibly popular, with new companies entering the milk glass market from Fenton and Fostoria to Kanawha and Westmoreland.


Quick Facts

  • Milk glass is featured in the faces of the iconic clocks at New York's Grand Central Station and once made up the marquee of the Chicago Theater
  • While white is the most well-known color, milk glass comes in a range of hues from blue and pink to brown and black
  • Some makers, like Westmoreland, marked their pieces with a W through the early 20th century. Others, such as Imperial and Fenton, only began adding marks to their milk glass more recently to help collectors distinguish between antique and contemporary production

Recommended Items at Auction

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West Brothers Luggage Suitcase Milk Glass Glass Candy Container
Oct 29, 10:00 AM EDT
West Brothers Luggage Suitcase Milk Glass Glass Candy Container
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$52 Bids
Uncle Sam's Hat Milk Glass Candy Container
Oct 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Uncle Sam's Hat Milk Glass Candy Container
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$51 Bid
Vintage 1950’s Hazel Atlas Milk Glass Davy Crockett Mug, Red, 3"H, EC
Oct 12, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage 1950’s Hazel Atlas Milk Glass Davy Crockett Mug, Red, 3"H, EC
by Homestead Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$31 Bid
Vintage Mauve Painted Milk Glass Hinged Box
Oct 11, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage Mauve Painted Milk Glass Hinged Box
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $50- $500
$250 Bids
Wonderful Art Nouveau White Milk Glass Oil Lamp
Oct 15, 10:30 AM EDT
Wonderful Art Nouveau White Milk Glass Oil Lamp
by Terri Peters & Associates
Est: $5- $99,999
$250 Bids
Pr. Handblown Ruffle Top Fine Milk Glass Vases
Oct 15, 10:30 AM EDT
Pr. Handblown Ruffle Top Fine Milk Glass Vases
by Terri Peters & Associates
Est: $5- $99,999
$250 Bids
Westmoreland White Milk Glass Vase & Bowl
Oct 08, 10:00 AM EDT
Westmoreland White Milk Glass Vase & Bowl
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $50- $100
$200 Bids
A collection of three Scandinavian milk glass bottle vases,
Oct 25, 9:30 AM BST
A collection of three Scandinavian milk glass bottle vases,
by Sworders
Est: £200- £300
£1600 Bids
MILK GLASS LOT CUPS & CANDLESTICKS
Oct 12, 12:00 PM EDT
MILK GLASS LOT CUPS & CANDLESTICKS
by Converse Auctions
Est: $20- $40
$100 Bids
1907 Horn, Trumpet Milk Glass Candy Container
Oct 29, 10:00 AM EDT
1907 Horn, Trumpet Milk Glass Candy Container
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$50 Bids
A Group of Four Victorian Ornamental Glass Baluster Vases: A pair of milk glass vases enriched with
Oct 09, 11:00 AM BST
A Group of Four Victorian Ornamental Glass Baluster Vases: A pair of milk glass vases enriched with
by Wilkinson's Auctioneers
Est: £30- £60
£200 Bids
Early milk glass boot makers black leather cream bottle
Oct 11, 11:30 PM EDT
Early milk glass boot makers black leather cream bottle
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $35- $40
$200 Bids
porcelain Milk Glass covered figural dove
Oct 06, 11:30 PM EDT
porcelain Milk Glass covered figural dove
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $25- $30
$100 Bids
porcelain Milk Glass covered figural dove
Oct 06, 11:30 PM EDT
porcelain Milk Glass covered figural dove
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $25- $30
$100 Bids
Milk Glass Penny Safe Candy Container
Oct 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Milk Glass Penny Safe Candy Container
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$50 Bids
Milk Glass Refrigerator Salt & Pepper Shakers
Oct 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Milk Glass Refrigerator Salt & Pepper Shakers
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$50 Bids
MILK GLASS HOBNAIL GLASS
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CDT
MILK GLASS HOBNAIL GLASS
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $15- $25
$30 Bids
A Pair of Milkglass Candlesticks
Oct 08, 1:00 PM EDT
A Pair of Milkglass Candlesticks
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $20- $200
$200 Bids
2pc. Vintage Hobnail Milk Glass Lanterns
Oct 09, 10:00 AM MST
2pc. Vintage Hobnail Milk Glass Lanterns
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
Pair of Milk Glass Cups
Oct 08, 1:00 PM EDT
Pair of Milk Glass Cups
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $20- $200
$200 Bids
A Milk Glas Candy Dish Top Only
Oct 08, 1:00 PM EDT
A Milk Glas Candy Dish Top Only
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $15- $150
$150 Bids
A Milk Glass Woven Pattern Bowl
Oct 08, 1:00 PM EDT
A Milk Glass Woven Pattern Bowl
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
A Westmoreland Milk Glass Candy Dish
Oct 08, 1:00 PM EDT
A Westmoreland Milk Glass Candy Dish
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
Brody Milk Glass Vase
Oct 08, 1:00 PM EDT
Brody Milk Glass Vase
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $15- $150
$150 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Milk Glass


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Mebane Antique Auction

Mebane Antique Auction

Theodore Bruce

Theodore Bruce