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Collector's Encyclopedia of Milk Glass: Identificaion & Value [Hardcover]

Bill Newbound , Betty Newbound
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Dec 28 2004
This comprehensive, easy-to-use book is the first published to cover milk glass that was mass produced in the United States since 1930. Patterns and shapes made by Fenton, Westmoreland, L.E. Smith, and Kemple are all featured in full-color photographs as well as vintage company catalogs and advertisements. This beautiful presentation will be a great addition to any glassware dealer's or collector's library. 2000 values. AUTHORBIO: Betty and her husband Bill Newbound are the authors of the longstanding Collector's Encyclopedia of Milk Glass and several volumes on Blue Ridge Dinnerware. Their latest title, The Best of Blue Ridge Dinnerware, features the "cream of the crop" of Blue Ridge items. REVIEW: This book is a must for milk glass lovers, organized alphabetically by item. Categories include bottles & jars, bowls, candlesticks, kitchenware, lamps, plates, shakers, toothpick holders, trays, vases, and more.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I was looking for April 5 2002
Like many other collectors, I find that my tastes change over time. Since last summer I have been buying odd pieces of milk glass and was looking for some kind of reference book so that I would know what I was looking at and looking for. WOW! This book gave me exactly what I was looking for. I really like the use of actual old advertisements for the "Big Patterns". They show what different items true "names" are and how they were sold and marketed.
At first, I didn't like that the prices were in the back of the book. But upon further thought I've decided I prefer it that way, because then I'm not drawn to, or away from a piece just because of cost. For a dealer this might not hold true, but for a collector like me, it's not such a big deal.
The final thing I like is that it includes examples of colored milk glass as well. I will spend hours pouring over this book. And if another version comes out with different photos and updated prices...all the better for me!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Tall Drink of Milk Glass!! April 26 2003
By Hillary
I picked up the latest edition of this book recently and learned alot in just a few glances. I have been collecting this wonderful form of glass along with Depression Glass and Art Glass for quite awhile, and have accumulated several books on the subject (see my other reviews).This one, unlike some others, has not disappointed me at all. There are wonderful pictures and lots of information. I do prefer price values to appear on the same page with the item and the maker/pattern. I would say that is the only fault here, and perhaps some more commonly found pieces would be helpful to know about too.Still, this is a must for anyone interested in Milk Glass and it's origins, plus information on some of the better pieces to be looking for. I personally enjoy seeing my pieces appear in books, as several are in this volume. Nothing like pointing to a page and saying "I have THAT TOO!!" That said, this book is well worth a spot in your glass reference library.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book for the Beginning Collector July 28 2001
I bought this book 4-5 years ago and really liked it. But as I have collected more and more glass, and seen much more than was ever possible without e-bay (!) I do see the need for a more comprehensive reference. I don't think it should be billed as an 'Encyclopedia', in other words. Like another reviewer stated, I wish there were a LOT MORE info on each piece of glass shown. While the pictures are great, they leave me wanting MORE. And I'm starting to get away from buying price guides, as they are so quickly outdated. I will add, however, that if you are looking for a 'general overview' of the category you may find this book completely adequate and never need another. The pictures are good, and varied; my hunger for MORE MORE MORE is not shared by everyone. I do recommend this book, but for the veteran collector I think it would be a supplemental reference and not the main one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful guide to milk glass Sept. 27 1999
This is a wonderful guide to the possibilities in milk glass collecting. I found much here that I never knew existed and the full color photos of each item are beautiful.
The book is arranged by subject matter. Data on each item includes manufacturer, size, dates of production & current market value range. Some of my favorites are the kitchen utensils, lamps & beautifully decorated plates.
There is a wealth of detailed information for collectors here. The introduction has some general collecting tips plus how to get a feel for old glass vs. new. Detailed histories of all the major producers follows.
Finally, the catalog pages of more common recent lines by Westmoreland, Fenton and Imperial are reproduced with a value guide. This book really helped me understand and appreciate what milk glass is all about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Guide to the World of Milk Glass July 5 2002
The Newbound's guide to collecting milk glass is an ideal introduction to those wanting a first overview of the field as well as the more advanced collector wishing to confirm a find or get an estimate of value. A very wide range of collecting fields is included, from the aristocrat of collecting - animal covered dishes - to humble toothpick holders and gas station globes. Price indications are included - though these naturally will quickly date and are US only. First rate, clear pictures and well informed descriptions guide the reader through this fascinating world of glass ccollecting. Especially helpfull are the reproductions of manufacturer's catalogues for those aiming at a major production line design. A standard work on the genre. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Research, Research, Research! May 4 2004
This book helped me identify unmarked pieces of milk glass with its extensive display of pictures and patterns. The book is fairly organized and covers many manufacturers that are not so well known.
The only drawback was some pictures were not clear enough to carefully identify a pattern. This is only constructive criticism and should not keep you from using this book as part of a reference and identification guide for fine pieces of milk glass.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Newbound Milkglass Encyclopedia Oct. 7 2000
I find this book an invaluable tool. It is grouped in catagories and is a great assistant in hunting milkglass. I keep a copy in my car, one at my desk and another at my sister's home in Minnesota. Unfortunately, the prices are becoming outdated and are quite skewed. Some items have decreased in price while others have increased, but many dealers use it as a guide. It is up to the customer to learn the current asking prices.
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