I’ve been seeing gorgeous colorful dinnerware pop up in magazines and on instagram lately and instantly fell in love. There are so many beautiful pieces that I have and I had no idea where they were from or what the history behind it was.. I started doing some research and it turns out that many of these pieces have an equally colorful history. Tinted glasses and dinnerware work for so many occasions… everyday, bridal shower, baby shower, birthday brunch or even in a fun backyard BBQ setting. There are a few key words that I’ve defined below to help you pin-point your style, as well as some modern options, and tips on how to buy vintage.
Produced between the 1920’s and 1940’s depression glass brought color to an otherwise dreary period. The transparent glass came in almost every color and a number of the patterns all have names. You won’t surprised to learn that I love the floral patterns: Cherry Blossom and Stippled Rose. During the time this style was mass produced and sold at dime stores all across the Unites States. Today you can find vintage or vintage inspired dinnerware as well as modern silhouettes in the stunning colors from that era.
How to shop Vintage: If you are looking for a vintage set make sure to check for tiny air bubbles, these little imperfections are a sign that they are the real deal.
Hobnail Glass is often used to refer to dinnerware with a raised spot or diamond pattern. This is another 1940’s American style that as been made modern by designers recently. I love the clean tailored prints and designs.
Though white is a popular shade, Milk Glass is a term used to refer to the opacity of the glass rather than the color. Milk glass comes in many colors, my favorite being jade. Think Martha Stewart and her huge Jade collection. Milk glass originated in Venice during the Victorian Era as an alternative to porcelain. It gained popularity in the U.S. in the 1950s, and designers today are still striving for that perfect milk-like transparency.
How to shop Vintage: If you are looking for a vintage milk glass piece you can oftentimes find them more affordably at places Etsy, EBay or your local antique shop. While hunting for the real thing, i.e. before 1960’s, check for a rainbow like effect on the surface of the glass. Older milk glass was made with iridised salts which produce a halo of iridescent reds, blues, and greens when in the sun.
I’m sure most of you are familiar with the popular 1920-1930’s geometric decorative style of glass. I’m used to seeing these patterns in classic gold, black, and silver but how beautiful are these colorful options.
I hope you found this post helpful or learned something about my new favorite colorful dinnerware trend. I’m not an expert but if you have any questions, comments, or if you are an expert, I’d love to talk more about these and other styles in our comment section!
Cheers to adding a little color to your day!
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