Today I'd like to show you some milk glass candy dishes and boxes that are a little step up from the hen-on-nests that are so common. The first is a beautiful swan surrounded by lattice, made by the Westmoreland Glass Company:
This cat had glass eyes when it was originally manufactured, but over time the glue has dried up and they have fallen out. He's also made by Westmoreland. Even without the eyes, he's quite charming:
These milk glass hens-on-nests and roosters are more common. They are an antique mall staple:
A closer look at the swan. You can see the opalescence of the glass, or "fire," in the basketweave area if you hold it up to a light source. The lattice is prone to hairline cracks, but this example is in excellent condition:
Even the interior of the basket has nice detail! Items years ago were so well made.
Although many glass items are unmarked, this has a raised WG on the bottom for Westmoreland Glass. It's not easily seen in my photo, but it's there:
A nice swan or cat candy dish would sell for about $40.00 to $60.00 in good condition, probably less here in Michigan.