This item is seen in clear frosted glass but is exceptionally rare in Milk Glass.
Previously thought to be a product of the Riverside Glass Company but recently updated to the Elson Glass Company. Both Riverside Glass and Elson Glass made very little milk glass. If you need information on this update please email me and I will send you the link.
This item was made in the late 1880's or early 1890's.
This item is 6 3/4 inches tall and overall the rim width is 7 1/8 inches. The base is a little over 5 1/2 inches.
This item is illustrated in the Milk Glass Book by Chiarenza and Slater. This item has a value of $3,500 plus in milk glass. This is for the advance collector of milk glass. This is item # 108 on page 57 in the Milk Glass Book.
The bottom bowl is about 3 inches high and has a variety of basket weave patterns. The cover has the figural hen who is protecting her little chicks under her wings. I believe they are 7 little chicks. This is an unusually fine figural milk glass covered dish.
The glass has no chips or cracks but does have several stress lines near the rims which is typical of old milk glass. I am making no excuse for these stress lines as old milk glass tend to have these stress lines.
Chiarenza and Slater in their description of this item wrote "we try to use the word sparingly, but this item is nothing less than magnificent".
The person I purchased this from said this item came from upstate New York .
--History of this glass Company as found on the internet.-- Elson Glass opened a factory in Martins Ferry, Ohio in 1882. They produced a castor set in opalescent glass (from Beaumont moulds). In 1893, the company was reorganized and became the West Virginia Glass Company, which began producing blown opalescent glass, and also produced pressed glass until late 1895 when the plant closed for almost a year during a depression. The factory was sold in 1896 and reorganized as the West Virginia Glass Mfg. Company, which joined with National Glass in 1899. In 1901 the plant was operated by Crystal Glass Company, which closed in 1903
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Item ID: T219
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