Learn about Milk Glass

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.
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A single 19th century ruby and milk glass overlay lustre vase with hanging crystal prisms

19th century ruby and milk glass overlay, swirled rim posy vase with silver flecks, height 17 cm

A candy striped milk glass vase, signed by artist, 1969, 13 x 10 cm

A pair of late-19th century milk glass vases, of tapered form with coloured transfer printed figural scenes on a pink ground, with gilt borders. Height 36 cm.

Pair of 19th century green and milk glass overlay lustres with hanging lustre prisms (some prisms missing) A/F

Pair of antique green milk glass urn form vases with enamelled decoration, each approx 21 cm high (2)

Pair of French blue milk glass vases, with thistle and rose decoration, each approx 13 cm high (2)

Four Milk Glass Covered Dishes, green milk glass, each modelled as a cabbage (4)

Victorian Blue milk glass lustre / comport with drops, gilt foliate designs, approx 28 cm high

A pair of Victorian pink milk glass lustre vases, with seventeen crystal drops and gilt hand painted flower design. Height 31.5 cm. (a/f; minor chips to crystal drop and non matching)

Two various Bakewell kitchen items Etc, including green milk jug; & Bakewells? porcelain green & white rolling pin. Plus Ballantine's advertising jug, height 9 cm (milk jug)

Large Victorian hand painted milk glass vase 33 cm high approx. together with 2 cut glass decanters & 3 silver plated decanter labels

Victorian milk glass pineapple covered dishes, with original naturalistic paint decoration (5). Height 18 cm. Provenance: The Sembera collection, Shapiro, 2002

A pair of Victorian milk glass lustre vases, each bowl with a castellated rim raised on slender columns from circular bases, hung with multiple long clear faceted glass drops. Height 31.5 cm

Victorian pink and milk vaseline glass Jack in the Pulpit vase

Pair of large Victorian milk overlay glass vases with amber applied decoration

Large Danish Kastrup- Holmegaard gul vase, cased milk glass original. Height 52 cm

Pair of antique French milk glass vases, each approx 25 cm high (2)

Victorian large milk glass apothecary jar ovoid body with printed English crest, labeled 'Pure Drugs' on black glass base with matching cover, 66 cm height

A Victorian milk glass basket vase and two early medicinal bottles

A Victorian aqua milk glass frilled floral vase. 30 cm high

A milk glass duck vase, the moulded and enamel decorated duck standing upon a circular base, its upward facing head and open beak supporting a ruffled cup; unmarked. Height 32 cm

Yellow milk glass vases with enamel decoration, approx 23 cm high (2)

Ruby glass and plate surround jam pot along with a pink milk glass dish