Federal glass dating
We can always have some indication of a starting date for a technique if we can find who first put the idea into practice.But any technique, once developed, can be used right up to the present - as many collectors know who have been so unfortunate as to rely too heavily on a popular termination date as sure evidence of true antiquity..." (Toulouse 1969b).The value of these highly collectible antiques varies greatly depending on a number of different variables including: There are a great many pieces of milk glass that do not have makers' marks or have lost their original labels which were attached with glue, making it difficult to identify the age and manufacturer of the piece.Several helpful clues to use when trying to identify, evaluate and value a piece of milk glass are its: There are many antique reproductions and replications of antique and vintage milk glass pieces. Some are made using original molds, and are perfectly beautiful replicas of the originals.
However, all milk glass made during the early to mid twentieth century are popular collectible antiques.
Pontiled base fragments could also be from later produced "specialty" bottles which are described below.5.
Some bottle shapes are indicative of a particular manufacturing era, though many bottle styles/shapes were used for so many years - like the cylinder whiskey "fifth" or square snuff bottle - that the shape itself is not indicative of age.
Throughout the following centuries archeologists and historians have dated milk glass: Naturally, milk glass pieces from these very early times are not those collected by the average glass collector.
The popularity of the milk glass continued to grow, both in the colonies and throughout Europe.