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Decorating with vintage milk glass is such a joy!

Nothing excites me more than eyeing a beautiful display of milk glass in an antique store. The milky white color just beckons you to come explore it! I love decorating with milk glass. The simple white glass looks stunning against any backdrop, it’s super versatile, and each piece is unique.

But what is milk glass exactly and where did it come from? This blog post will give you a little background on milk glass, the different types that you can find, and how you can incorporate milk glass into your home as decor pieces!

hobnail glass collection on a picture rail

This opaque glass originated in Venice in the 16th century.

Not only does it come in white but in pink, blue, yellow, and brown as well. The white color that is most loved today became popular during the Victorian era and the Victorians are the ones who coined the term ‘milk glass’. Companies such as Westmoreland, Fenton, and Anchor Hocking are most noted for producing this popular glass, making it in abundance!

vintage enamelware and milk glass in a vignette

How can you tell if it’s actually vintage and not a reproduction?

As you are perusing milk glass and want to know if it is a genuine vintage piece, meaning 1960’s and prior, hold it up to the light and look for the “Ring of Fire” imprint. It is characterized by iridescent reds, blues and greens. Here is what the “Ring of Fire” looks like.

Milk Glass Ring of Fire

Types of Milk Glass and How To Decorate With Them

Below are some types of milk glass that you can find in antique and thrift stores as well as some ideas for how to use those pieces in your home.

  1. Vases
    Large and small vases can be found for less than $10 and come in a variety of styles like hobnail or ‘Stars and Bars’. Cute vessels like these add a beautiful vintage touch to your home. Try clustering them on a kitchen or dining table for a pretty centerpiece or adding one with faux greenery in it to your bathroom counter!
    milk glass used for a valentine's centerpiece
  2. Banana Stands
    The Victorians were known for wanting to have a dish for everything, hence a banana stand. You could use this type of milk glass for just that; to hold bananas or other fruits.  Banana stands are versatile for other purposes as well such as to hold keys on an entryway table or as a simple centerpiece on a table.
    a milk glass banana stand with faux tulips
  3. Pitchers
    Milk glass pitchers can be incorporated into your home in many different ways. You can use them as a vase to hold fresh flowers on the kitchen table, as a pen holder on a desk, as a kitchen utensil holder, or as a decorative piece on a shelf.
    vintage milk glass on Christmas mantel
  4. Cake Stands
    These are quite popular right now with milk glass collectors. You can find cake stands with wavy, lacy, and hobnail edges, making them versatile for all decor styles. Cake stands are good pieces for layering or adding height to shelf displays.
  5. Punch Bowls
    These were popular for parties in the 1960’s. They are a fun addition to any milk glass collection, especially if you can find a set that has all 12 cups intact.
  6. Cruets
    These little pieces were made to hold oil and vinegar during the Victorian era. I have a hobnail pourer in my collection that is one of my favorites. They make beautiful display pieces on a side table or countertop.
    small hobnail jar with handle
  7. Plates
    Milk glass dinnerware was never produced, however, plates were used as either serving platters or as home decor. A pretty way to display milk glass plates is by creating a gallery wall using plate hangers and mixing in other colored antique plates such as Flow Blue or Jadeite!
  8. Covered Dishes
    These include decorative sugar bowls and candy dishes. These are also very versatile pieces for your  space. They can be used in the kitchen to hold spices or loose leaf teas. You can also utilize them as a holder for jewelry, such as to hold rings by the kitchen sink!

Milk glass, due to its white coloring, blends well with any style that you already have in your home.

It’s vintage appearance pairs well with modern decor, therefore making it an all-around beautiful antique to have in your home. It’s so versatile that I used it in my Christmas decor! I hope this inspires you to seek out some milk glass of your own. Each piece is a treasure and will add cheer to your space.

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I hope you found inspiration here today on decorating with vintage milk glass! Let me know in the comments below how you would display milk glass.

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  • […] of a small glass cup and used a vintage tea towel to cover it, adding a tree skirt type of effect. Milk glass is timeless and always works beautifully in Christmas decor, so I added that in because that spot […]

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  • […] brings warmth and life. Creamy whites are always a good idea, especially if vintage enamelware and milk glass can be used. The white color pairs beautifully with my brass candlesticks that I kept out after the […]

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  • […] In this vignette, 9 pieces of vintage decor were used. As you can see, I used everything from milk glass to pottery to porcelain to enamelware, yet it all feels seamless and cohesive. The lace ribbon and […]

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  • […] make sense to buy something that I am only going to use one or two times throughout the year. Milk glass, enamelware, and copper are all good examples of vintage decor that can be used any time of the the […]

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  • I really enjoyed seeing how you styled your pieces. I am addicted to milk glass. As far as I can remember, it started when I was a child when I got 2 bedroom lamps–hobnail saucer base with a white hurricane shade with pink painted roses. One and a half books of green stamps each! Then I got some Westmoreland grape panel pieces for wedding gifts in ’73. Then a LONG period of dormancy. I just love when a dealer doesn’t care for MG; I grab it up as quick as I can. I had used a blue glass banana boat in my bathroom for fingertip towels at one time. I love using a pitcher as a flower vase as they are so heavy the peonies/lilacs/whatever can’t tip it over! Last year I put tealight candles into Westmoreland tall tumblers; the light was absolutely gorgeous! Putting the candles into a colored glass votive cup first is also lovely!

    Reply
    • Rachel Granholm
      May 25, 2022 2:04 pm

      Hi Kathy!
      I’m so happy you enjoyed reading this. I’m still adding to my collection monthly but I’m pretty choosy now on which pieces I pick up. They have to be super unique or ones that I’ve never come across before since I don’t have all that much space left. It’s just SO pretty and just adore the color of it. I’m happy to read about your collection and what pieces you have as well! Thanks so much for stopping by today and sharing in my affection of milk glass!

      Reply
  • […] I have found another piece of milk glass for my […]

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    Decorating with vintage milk glass is such a joy!

    Nothing excites me more than eyeing a beautiful display of milk glass in an antique store. The milky white color just beckons you to come explore it! I love decorating with milk glass. The simple white glass looks stunning against any backdrop, it’s super versatile, and each piece is unique.

    But what is milk glass exactly and where did it come from? This blog post will give you a little background on milk glass, the different types that you can find, and how you can incorporate milk glass into your home as decor pieces!

    hobnail glass collection on a picture rail

    This opaque glass originated in Venice in the 16th century.

    Not only does it come in white but in pink, blue, yellow, and brown as well. The white color that is most loved today became popular during the Victorian era and the Victorians are the ones who coined the term ‘milk glass’. Companies such as Westmoreland, Fenton, and Anchor Hocking are most noted for producing this popular glass, making it in abundance!

    vintage enamelware and milk glass in a vignette

    How can you tell if it’s actually vintage and not a reproduction?

    As you are perusing milk glass and want to know if it is a genuine vintage piece, meaning 1960’s and prior, hold it up to the light and look for the “Ring of Fire” imprint. It is characterized by iridescent reds, blues and greens. Here is what the “Ring of Fire” looks like.

    Milk Glass Ring of Fire

    Types of Milk Glass and How To Decorate With Them

    Below are some types of milk glass that you can find in antique and thrift stores as well as some ideas for how to use those pieces in your home.

    1. Vases
      Large and small vases can be found for less than $10 and come in a variety of styles like hobnail or ‘Stars and Bars’. Cute vessels like these add a beautiful vintage touch to your home. Try clustering them on a kitchen or dining table for a pretty centerpiece or adding one with faux greenery in it to your bathroom counter!
      milk glass used for a valentine's centerpiece
    2. Banana Stands
      The Victorians were known for wanting to have a dish for everything, hence a banana stand. You could use this type of milk glass for just that; to hold bananas or other fruits.  Banana stands are versatile for other purposes as well such as to hold keys on an entryway table or as a simple centerpiece on a table.
      a milk glass banana stand with faux tulips
    3. Pitchers
      Milk glass pitchers can be incorporated into your home in many different ways. You can use them as a vase to hold fresh flowers on the kitchen table, as a pen holder on a desk, as a kitchen utensil holder, or as a decorative piece on a shelf.
      vintage milk glass on Christmas mantel
    4. Cake Stands
      These are quite popular right now with milk glass collectors. You can find cake stands with wavy, lacy, and hobnail edges, making them versatile for all decor styles. Cake stands are good pieces for layering or adding height to shelf displays.
    5. Punch Bowls
      These were popular for parties in the 1960’s. They are a fun addition to any milk glass collection, especially if you can find a set that has all 12 cups intact.
    6. Cruets
      These little pieces were made to hold oil and vinegar during the Victorian era. I have a hobnail pourer in my collection that is one of my favorites. They make beautiful display pieces on a side table or countertop.
      small hobnail jar with handle
    7. Plates
      Milk glass dinnerware was never produced, however, plates were used as either serving platters or as home decor. A pretty way to display milk glass plates is by creating a gallery wall using plate hangers and mixing in other colored antique plates such as Flow Blue or Jadeite!
    8. Covered Dishes
      These include decorative sugar bowls and candy dishes. These are also very versatile pieces for your  space. They can be used in the kitchen to hold spices or loose leaf teas. You can also utilize them as a holder for jewelry, such as to hold rings by the kitchen sink!

    Milk glass, due to its white coloring, blends well with any style that you already have in your home.

    It’s vintage appearance pairs well with modern decor, therefore making it an all-around beautiful antique to have in your home. It’s so versatile that I used it in my Christmas decor! I hope this inspires you to seek out some milk glass of your own. Each piece is a treasure and will add cheer to your space.

    signature from The Antiqued Journey

    I hope you found inspiration here today on decorating with vintage milk glass! Let me know in the comments below how you would display milk glass.

    Read more Vintage and Antique Inspiration.

    Create simple DIY Projects.

    Go shopping in The Antiqued Journey shop!

    If you are loving my content, please consider subscribing to my e-mail list. In return, you will get a free digital download as well as weekly inspiration delivered straight to your inbox. I would love for you to be a part of The Antiqued Journey community!

    7 Comments. Leave new

    • […] of a small glass cup and used a vintage tea towel to cover it, adding a tree skirt type of effect. Milk glass is timeless and always works beautifully in Christmas decor, so I added that in because that spot […]

      Reply
    • […] brings warmth and life. Creamy whites are always a good idea, especially if vintage enamelware and milk glass can be used. The white color pairs beautifully with my brass candlesticks that I kept out after the […]

      Reply
    • […] In this vignette, 9 pieces of vintage decor were used. As you can see, I used everything from milk glass to pottery to porcelain to enamelware, yet it all feels seamless and cohesive. The lace ribbon and […]

      Reply
    • […] make sense to buy something that I am only going to use one or two times throughout the year. Milk glass, enamelware, and copper are all good examples of vintage decor that can be used any time of the the […]

      Reply
    • I really enjoyed seeing how you styled your pieces. I am addicted to milk glass. As far as I can remember, it started when I was a child when I got 2 bedroom lamps–hobnail saucer base with a white hurricane shade with pink painted roses. One and a half books of green stamps each! Then I got some Westmoreland grape panel pieces for wedding gifts in ’73. Then a LONG period of dormancy. I just love when a dealer doesn’t care for MG; I grab it up as quick as I can. I had used a blue glass banana boat in my bathroom for fingertip towels at one time. I love using a pitcher as a flower vase as they are so heavy the peonies/lilacs/whatever can’t tip it over! Last year I put tealight candles into Westmoreland tall tumblers; the light was absolutely gorgeous! Putting the candles into a colored glass votive cup first is also lovely!

      Reply
      • Rachel Granholm
        May 25, 2022 2:04 pm

        Hi Kathy!
        I’m so happy you enjoyed reading this. I’m still adding to my collection monthly but I’m pretty choosy now on which pieces I pick up. They have to be super unique or ones that I’ve never come across before since I don’t have all that much space left. It’s just SO pretty and just adore the color of it. I’m happy to read about your collection and what pieces you have as well! Thanks so much for stopping by today and sharing in my affection of milk glass!

        Reply
    • […] I have found another piece of milk glass for my […]

      Reply

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    Here on the blog I love to share my excitement, knowledge, and ideas about all things antique and vintage. Let’s journey together!

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