Is hen col­lectible sit­ting on golden egg for owner?

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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.

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