Milk glass originated in Venice in the 16th century but it wasn't called "milk glass" and it came in different "milky" colors. Only recently, during the last century or so, has it been known as milk glass. During the 19th century it was a luxury item and a popular collectible. During the American Gilded Age, circa early 20th century, milk glass went hand in hand with the wealthy Americans. Milk glass made during that era is some of the best ever made and was known for its delicacy and elegance. By contrast, the milk glass made during the Depression years was considered less elegant and delicate and more a production of the harsh time.
Today it is still a popular collectible. Though it is not as expensive as porcelain, it will add beauty and elegance to your home.