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Vintage Westmoreland Milk Glass Lovebird Dish

Vintage Westmoreland Milk Glass Lovebird Dish

$125.00

Found at market, we are pleased to present to you this highly collectible Milk Glass covered dish coming to us from Westmoreland Glass Company.

A name synonymous with quality and distinguished glassware, this sweet Lovebird Dish with a pair of amorous birds embellishing the lid, is a fine example of the true artistry of Westmoreland Glass. With its intricate aesthetic and captivating details, this storied and romantic find is sure to delight both the long-time milk glass collector or the newly acquainted.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In very good vintage condition. 6" x 5.75"H.

Learn More About Westmoreland Glass

The Westmoreland Glass Company grew out of the Specialty Glass Company of East Liverpool, Ohio, which relocated to Grapeville, Pennsylvania in 1889. By 1890, production of pitchers, goblets, tumblers, and glass novelty items was underway, overseen by two brothers named George and Charles West. With the backing of Ira Brainard from nearby Pittsburgh, the brothers soon bought out the Ohio founders and changed the firm’s name to the Westmoreland Specialty Company.

Operation of the factory ran smoothly for nearly 30 years. During this period, Westmoreland produced virtually every type of glassware, from inexpensive pressed glass to pricier cut glass. It was at this time when the name was changed to Westmoreland Glass Company in an effort to eliminate the confusion among consumers about what a “specialty” company might actually produce—“glass” made the company’s mission crystal clear.

With the 1920s came a major shift in the decorative glass sector of the Westmoreland Company, but their glass production from the 1920s to the 1950s was almost entirely milk glass.

Thanks to their high level of craftsmanship, Westmoreland milk glass pieces were considered some of the finest examples in the country. This reputation for quality is one reason the factory was not forced to close its doors during the Great Depression, a fate which met many of Westmoreland’s competitors.

Still considered some of the most collected and beloved milk glass to be produced at such a high level, the Westmoreland company, despite a valiant effort to revive the business, closed its doors on January 8, 1984, almost 100 years after its founding

Learn More About Milk Glass

Opaque Glass originated in 16th century Venice and came in a variety of colors, including white, pink, yellow, blue, and brown. The white variety beloved today rose to prominence during the Victorian era, when 
it was coveted as an economic dead-ringer for porcelain. (The Victorians also get credit for coining the term "milk glass.")

Its production and popularity waned during the Great Depression but saw a resurgence after World War II. During the 1950s and 1960s companies such as Anchor Hocking, Fenton, and Westmoreland increased production of milk glass pitchers, vases, plates and cake stands in all sorts of shapes and sizes to meet the demand for this timeless collectable.*

*History of Milk Glass adapted from Country Living Magazine article.

 

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