For sale is a piece of early American art glass that was made by Hobbs, Brockunier and Company of Wheeling, West Virginia. It is a water pitcher and the pattern is known as dewdrop although quite often referred to as hobnail. It is also known as jug #323. It measures approximately 7 1/8" tall and is 7 1/2" in diameter at the bulge or belly of this lovely piece to the outside arch of the handle.
The pitcher has a clear frosted matte finish to the bottom half of the vessel that graduates from a light cranberry that gets deeper in color as it gets closer to the top lip. There is an all over hobnail design that goes all the way to the top lip. The hobnails are smoother and more rounded at the top of the pitcher and become very radical and pointy towards the bottom half. The pitcher has a square or four cornered lip and a frosted smooth applied handle.
The pitcher is in excellent condition as there are no cracks. There are a few very minor chips on the hobnails on the underside of the pitcher where it rests and is to be expected considering the age of this as it was a used piece. There are no sharp edges on it and does not take away from the elegance of this lovely piece of tableware.
The piece is unsigned however it is guaranteed to be original. It has a nice ground polished pontil which is the sign of a quality piece of art glass. This pitcher was made circa 1886-1900.