Thursday, June 30, 2011

Fascination with Milk Glass

My fascination with milk glass began at the impressionable age of eight, when my grandmother, Molly Tucker Mitchell, presented me with a milk glass battleship as my first antique. I’ll never forget the creamy texture and luminescent glow in this pressed glass covered dish, almost like a milky white candy. For years I thought this ship was a candy dish, only to learn it originally held mustard, not candy! The precise form and detail of smokestacks, portholes and “cannons raised” gave this third grader a hands-on connection with history. My curiosity was stimulated to know more about milk glass, its grand designs, and to learn about my ship and other brave bulwarks of the sea.

John Stephen Beers