Westmoreland Glass Company distributed massive amounts of product from its Grapeville, Pennsylvania factory from 1890 to 1984. From 1920 through the 1950s, all but 10 percent of the items produced there were made of what is known as milk glass. One of the Westmoreland milk glass patterns found most often by collectors today is Paneled Grape.
Text from a marketing brochure republished in the Collector’s Encyclopedia of Milk Glass by Bill and Betty Newbound reveals:
“Westmoreland’s Handmade Milk Glass Reproductions are identified as reproductions by the ‘WG’ monogram imbedded inconspicuously in the glass … Some are from very old molds which have been in use by Westmoreland since the late 1800s.”
The mark referenced in that brochure is known by collectors as the WG stacked mark, and most Paneled Grape pieces will indeed have this raised logo somewhere on the base or back depending on the shape of the item. This logo was first used in the late 1940s. Some Westmoreland paper labels are still found affixed to Westmoreland milk glass as well.
The brochure goes on to say that Paneled Grape offered the most comprehensive selection of a single handmade milk glass pattern available showing more than 100 different pieces including traditional dinnerware plates, cups and saucers, and many matching serving pieces ranging from butter dishes to footed cake stands. The Paneled Grape line also included an elaborate punch set with bowl, pedestal, cups and ladle; dresser sets with perfume bottles and powder dishes on matching trays; and several different vase styles from which to choose.
Some pieces were made with variations of the original pattern such as beading. These were referenced as “Beaded Grape” and sold alongside Paneled Grape in this particular brochure. Select Paneled Grape and Beaded Grape pieces were also sold with “Roses and Bows” hand painted décor. Other items from both patterns had decorated grapes, leaves, and tendrils.
Westmoreland never marketed directly to consumers, so catalogs like these were intended for the company’s wholesale customers. It is evident by the amount of Paneled Grape available today that it was indeed popular with shoppers for more than a decade. Other companies, like Indiana Glass with its Harvest Grape pattern, tapped into this market as well. In general, Westmoreland's pieces are on the high end of the quality spectrum when it comes to grape-patterned milk glass.
Valuing Paneled Grape Pieces
Overall, Paneled Grape is priced fairly reasonably. There are a few exceptions that run high, as is the case with most collectible glassware patterns of any type. A complete punch set in excellent condition, for instance, can cost $250-300 when purchased in an antique shop. And honestly, it’s the bowl that runs the price up. Buying a bowl to fit a pedestal you already own might run $200 alone. Single punch cups can be found very reasonably though.
Footed canisters with lids can also be expensive selling for $100-150 each for the medium or large varieties, and $50-75 for the smaller version. And a complete epergne in this pattern might run in the $125-175 range.
At the other end of the spectrum you'll find very really reasonably priced pieces, and there are far more of these than the high dollar examples when it comes to the Paneled Grape pattern.
Lots of these are things that just don’t get much use in homes today so demand is light. For instance, numerous vase styles, ashtrays, toothpick holders, cream pitchers, open sugar bowls, luncheon plates, cruets and small tumblers often come on the secondary market for $10 or less per piece. Estate sale finds offer even more bang for your milk glass buck.
Covered candy compotes, salt and pepper sets, and full-sized pitchers run a bit more but generally $25 or less. A covered butter or cheese dish, pair of candle holders, handled deviled egg plate, or a gravy boat might set you back $35-50.
Again, because this glassware was so popular years ago when it was first made, there’s a lot of it out there to be found. Additionally, it is heavy and durable so many pieces survived the rigors of wear and use back in the day.
And you don’t have to collect an entire set to enjoy Paneled Grape. A pretty bowl you can decorate seasonally or a pedestal cake plate that’s as versatile with Easter pastels as it is with Christmas colors can really come in handy.