Is hen collectible sitting on golden egg for owner?
Question: Every Easter, this antique milk glass chicken was part of our Easter table decorations. The family was told it had originally belonged to our great grandmother.
This hen dish has a rough spot on the bottom that looks like a “C.” Who made it and what might it be worth other than sentimental value?
Answer: Your hen could be sitting on a golden egg because they are once again a trendy collectible.
Covered hen and chicken dishes, as well as bunny dishes, were originally created in the mid-19th century. They have been reproduced ever since from brightly colored examples to clear and milk glass.
Among the best-known hen dishes are those made by Westmoreland in milk glass, such as yours with the rough “C” type spot — which was a result of the molding process. This spot dates it back to the 19th century. Reproductions have overlapping letters “WG.”
When I wrote about them a few years ago, prices and interest were low. However, recent articles in magazines have rekindled collectors’ interest, so prices are up. Yours could find a buyer for $200.
Do you have an antique item and need more information? For a personal reply, send a photo, along with history, size, and any signatures with a self-addressed stamped envelope and $25 to Anne Gilbert-Strawbridge, 1811 Renaissance Commons Blvd., #2319, Boynton Beach, FL 33426.