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Title: Milk Glass Plate
Identifier: 1999.3.74
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1900-1912
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2006
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A circular white milk glass plate. There is a ribbon made out of brown velvet, interlaced in between fragments on the outer edge of the plate. There is a decoration of postage stamps glued onto the centre of the plate. There are oval fragments cut out of 1 cent and 2 cent Queen Victoria Stamps in the centre. The fragments together, create a cloverleaf and overlapping circle design. The outer edge of the centre design contains a cut out part of a stamp that says 'Canada Postage'. History: Milk glass is a term used by glass makers to describe an opaque white glass. The German term is 'milch-glass', the Italian term is 'lattimo', and the French term is 'blanc-de-lait' or 'verre-de-lait'. Milk glass was first developed in Venice in the 14th or 15th Century. The white opaque colour was made by adding in tin oxide. In the 17th and 18th Century it was very popular to decorate this glass with enamel paint. During the 19th and 20th century, a great deal of pressed opaque white glass was made. This inexpensive glassware was also known by names such as Vitro-Porcelain or Porcelain Glass. This is the kind of white glass that is usually collected by milk glass collectors. Manufacturers often made other colours in the same patterns, especially blue, which have been classified as milk glass as well, but are not the colour of milk. This makes it confusing and hard for the researcher looking for information concerning 'real' milk glass.
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