Atterbury Milk Glass



2015-06-26 11:19:05

Atterbury Milk Glass is a style of decorative glassware produced by the Atterbury Glass Company.


Brief history and description

The Atterbury Glass Company was founded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1859, and during its heyday was one of the leading glassware design producers in the United States.

Antique Atterbury milk glass items typically feature various animals such as bores, birds, fish, or lions, and some of the many series of Atterbury milk glass items include the "Swan on Water," the "Bird in Hand," the "Hen on Nest," and many more.

Guide for collectors

The Atterbury "duck" and "Boar's Head" milk glass jars are considered to be the most rare among collectors. Atterbury milk glass jars that are sold as a matching set are considered to be both rare and valuable, especially if they are sold with their original boxes.

Restoration of an Atterbury milk glass item is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring an Atterbury milk glass item may decrease its value.

For more information regarding Atterbury milk glass items, visit Milk or Glass Collectibles Guide.


Cowan's Auctions in Cincinnati, Ohio sold four Atterbury animal milk glass covered boxes including the "Swan on Water" and the "Bird in Hand" for $400 in October of 2007.

Tom Harris Auctions in Marshalltown, Iowa sold an Atterbury owl milk glass jar with glass eyes (circa 1880) for $110 in September of 200.

Grand View Antiques & Auction in Roanoke, Alabama sold an Atterbury Swan/"raised wing" milk glass dish ( 5.75" X 10") for $100 in May of 2005.

Green Valley Auctions in Mt. Crawford, Virginia sold an Atterbury "fish" milk glass pitcher (circa 19th century; 7.25 " x 4.5") for $100 in January of 2008.

Cowan's Auctions, Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio sold two "lion' milk glass cover dishes (circa 1889) for $100 in October of 2007.

Cowan's Auctions, Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio sold a lot of eight Atterbury "hen on nest" milk glass cover dishes for $150 in October of 2007.

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