Vintage Milk Glass

Milk Glass. It’s been around for years. You may have grown up with it, seen it in passing, or started your own collection. And undoubtedly you will have come across Fenton’s hobnail milk glass, a common pattern that was developed in the ’50s. Because of its popularity, and of course its charm and versatility, the hobnail design was a sure seller in its time and for years to come. Now these pieces are common collectibles, generally easy to find, and still reasonably priced.

This is a hobnail pitcher that I recognize well, and you might too.

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I grew up with one of these pitchers in our home. Unfortunately, when my parents moved my Mom put it in a garage sale! If only I knew then what I know now πŸ˜‰

Fenton milk glass was also easily identified by the unique ruffled edges found on many of their pieces.

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Like this candy compote. If you collect milk glass, then this piece will be one you probably recognize.

Milk glass vases have long been a popular choice for styling tables for weddings and other celebrations.

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Isn’t this display effective with the pop of red in the milky white of the vases?

Of courses table scapes don’t have to be limited to vases.

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A little arrangement in a milk glass flower pot can be cheerful and festive too.

Or you might like to add a splash of colour in a tabletop urn.

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An urn always adds an extra feeling of glam, especially milk glass urns like these.

Or how about a goblet instead?

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I love this setting, and it’s the hobnail goblet that really sets it apart to make a statement.

But no place setting is complete without a great set of napkin rings.

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They’re fab displayed just like this… now imagine them on beautiful linen napkins and placed around the table. How can a table not feel dressed with pieces like this?

Here are a few different milk glass collections, just to give you an idea of the range pieces.

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These are just a handful of examples of the assortment you can find in milk glass pieces. Can you pick out the hobnail pattern? Remember, that’s the super popular pattern I mentioned earlier that became Fenton’s sure seller!

Another pattern similar to the hobnail is the sawtooth.

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Like you see here in this sawtooth patterned compote.

No matter what the size, the shape, or the pattern, milk glass pieces are a great addition to any dΓ©cor.

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They can add a sense of whimsy, or an element of elegance and class. It’s really up to you.

Just for fun I have included a few links to DIY projects so you can create your own faux milk glass! You never know when you might need a few pieces πŸ™‚

These three involve painting the exterior of your your chosen pieces:

Ruffled Blog: DIY Tutorial for Faux Milk Glass

Scoutie Girl Blog: DIY Tutorial for Faux Milk Glass

Hey Gorgeous Blog: DIY Tutorial for Faux Milk Glass

And this one, a little more involved, is for coating the inside of your piece with paint:

A Little of This, A Little of That Blog: DIY Tutorial for Faux Milk Glass

This should be enough to get you started!

Do you have any milk glass pieces? Where did your pieces come from?

Thanks for stopping by!

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13 Replies to “Vintage Milk Glass”

  1. I had a nice collection of milk glass before our big move. Unfortunately it was one of those many items that I sold in a yard sale in our feeble attempt to downsize. Miss it now….esp. after seeing that table setting with all the different vases.

    1. I know Linda – I’m such a believer in moving things on if you don’t either love it, need it, or use it… and when you’re moving these considerations take on a whole new dimension. I have moved more in the last 10 years than I ever did in my life before that, and have definitely let a lot of things go. Most I don’t miss, but there is the odd thing that still lingers in my mind that I miss now… Hopefully you will see a great piece in your travels that has your name on it!

  2. I love the photographs you have chosen, so many great uses for milk glass, the cupboard full if milk glass is awesome.

    I too have many MG items as well as sell them, Milk glass has always had a happy appeal to me. I recently added a small bud vase by Imperial to my personal collection that has Logan berries and lots of detail, so pretty, and I found out it is part of a set of 4 vases with different berries, so now I would love to find the rest. Thanks for sharing these great milk glass photos.

    1. Hi Bridget,
      Thank you so much for leaving such a thoughtful comment… I love milk glass! It’s so versatile and has a romantic edge to it no matter what setting you find it in…
      I hope you find the other vases that make up the set with your new addition… would love to see a picture of your vase!
      I’m popping over to your website next πŸ™‚
      Sheila

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