Milk glass is created by the addition of color when the glass is in a liquid state. It is one of the oldest types of art glass, having been produced in various forms since the 1700's. During the period between the 1930's-1970's it was possible to find the same design by five different makers. A Company would "borrow" the design, then the manufactures would purposely "forget " to put a maker stamp anywhere on the item. it was an era without strict copyright enforcement, but the Companies still wanted to be cautious.
This piece is not marked, but after research discovered it was produced by L.E.Smith Glass Company that was established in 1907, and began to colored glass in the 1920's.The Company was much overlooked by American glass collectors, but is one of the few remaining hand-made glass factories in the U.S. still in operation today.
It would look impressive standing alone or placed in a book shelf, if you enjoy decorating for Halloween this bird would hold it's own. The white raven is a mystical bird through the ages in history. You could call it a seagull, or a raven. Raven's have been branded an ill fated bird who could predict the future, as evoked in Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven".To kill a raven is to harm the spirit of King Arthur who visits the world as a raven.
I will jump out on this jetty and make my own prediction, this is a impressive piece looking to land in the right environment. I am going to call this a seagull, I am sure we all recall the saying about seagulls that they are all looking for a free lunch!
Let's all go out and eat, my treat, we deserve it........... after this history lesson!
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