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.
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