Although milk glass has been made since the 16th century, it became popular in the mid 19th century, (when it was called opal glass) and almost all the glass that comes onto the market is from this period, manufactured in England and the USA. The opaque porcelain-like white colour is achieved through the addition of white oxide tot he mix. Other ingredients are added to the mix to add colour: blue, pink, yellow, brown, and even black, but it is still called milk glass. The most common objects were lamps, vases, lustres and other table ware.
A Victorian glass lustre vase, circa 1880s, an aqua milk glass waisted vase above a knopped stem and a spreading foot, decorated with gilt and enamel borders and panels and having eight cut crystal prismatic drops. Height 30 cm. Diameter 16 cm.
A pair of large Victorian milk glass vases, circa 1870s, the baluster form white opaque vases with flared rims finely painted with blowsy poppies and roses in shades of maroon and pink with greenery, upon a suffused blue and lemon ground. Height 39.5 cm
A Victorian silver plate and glass epergne, circa 1880, unidentified maker's mark, upon a quatrefoil footed base, an urn with caryatid handles raised upon a socle embellished with two birds supporting scroll arms each holding fluted and optical hobnail mil
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