Vintage milk glass ‘mystery’ solved by none other than Fenton Art Glass Co. historian

milk_glass_novelty.jpgA plea for more details behind a ‘mysterious’ milk glass vase has been explained by none other than James Measell. Measell says the vase is likely called “Foxglove” by the L.G. Wright firm. 

Reader Gail Ledbetter of Glen Carbon, Ill., believed the vase shared aspects of two famous designs featured in William Heacock’s “Encyclopedia of Victorian Colored Pattern Glass, Book 2 – Opalescent Glass from A-Z.” You can read the original story here.

Measell’s note:

There is just a bit of a “mystery” here. The vase called “Leaf Chalice” by collectors was made by the H. Northwood Co. of Wheeling, WV, in the early twentieth century.

After such a piece is pressed and taken out of the mould, it can be reheated and fashioned into a wide variety of shapes by a skilled glassworker; hence, the different ones illustrated in various books in opalescent glass. However, there is no evidence that the Northwood firm made this piece in Milk Glass.

The L. G. Wright Glass Co. of New Martinsville, WV, began in the 1930s, and this company had some original Northwood moulds and had other moulds made to replicate Northwood patterns and novelty items. The vase your reader has was likely called “Foxglove” by the Wright firm, and examples (including the shape owned by your reader) are pictured in the book  “The L. G. Wright Glass Co.” (Glass Press, 1997).

Your reader notes that the vase she has is “heavy,” and that is one of the characteristics that may indicate a reproduction in glass.

James Measell, Historian
Fenton Art Glass Co.

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