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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Fostoria Jamestown Ruby Red

Oh my! A quick trip into the Goodwill looking for more milk glass (yes I found a few pieces),
 but here is what really got me excited!
 Twelve Fostoria Jamestown Ruby Red goblets all in perfect condition. I grew up drinking from Fostoria as my mother has a couple of sets of Jamestown in green and brown.  
Fostoria glass was founded in 1887 in West Virginia. They made many, many kinds of glassware for the table and other decorative pieces.  Jamestown was a popular pattern and it comes in several other colors including green , brown,  pink, amber, blue and clear.

 The glasses have a slightly flared trumpet shape and a curvaceous swirl.
 I believe these are actually the ice tea sized glass. They are slightly larger than the water goblet.

I'm excited to use my new red glassware in a variety of table settings. They will look fabulous with my red and white transferware, 

 and add some rich color to my Spode Christmas plates.

Red goes with so many holiday color schemes! 

It's fun to find something so beautiful that evokes fond memories and oh yes, cost only $2 apiece! 

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Marvelous Milk Glass

You know milk glass when you see it. It's that opaque, milky white glassware that is blown or pressed  into a wide assortment of shapes. There are vases, bud vases, candy dishes, drinking glasses, serving bowls, pitchers, plates etc.

Milk glass dates back to the 16th century where it was first made by those master glass makers the Venetians. It's popularity hit a high during the late 1800's and then again in the 1950's and 60's. I remember as a child having several pieces in our home.

My dear friend Jeannine who is a whiz with flowers will be helping with her nephew's wedding in a few weeks. She called to see if I had any milk glass vases that she could borrow. It's not something I usually collect but I have bought and sold a few pieces over the years.
 I told her I would keep my eye out for some while thrifting this week.
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Her plan is to use an assortment of shapes filled with hot pink and tangerine colored blossoms.

Aren't these charming?
 Won't they be perfect for a wedding?

Without any trouble I found 5 vases at my local Goodwill and spent only $9.

I used these vintage hobnail milk glass vases for my wedding centerpieces. Found them at thrift stores.:

Jeannine loved this  this hobnail vase. Hobnail is glass ware covered in raised "polka dots". It reminds me of dotted swiss fabric.

So here's to vintage milk glass, as charming as ever!

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