Vintage Hobnail Glassware
Vintage Hobnail glassware is a style of glassware in which the body of the item has a knobbly texture and a consistent arrangement of bumps.
History & Description
While hobnail glassware was fashionable in the Victorian age, it is synonymous with the Fenton Art Glass Company. Hobnail is often referred to as Fenton hobnail. The company first used hobnail in their glass lamps in the 1930s and soon expanded the pattern onto a variety of items, such as tumblers, goblets and perfume bottles.
Guide for collectors
Due to the number of applications for hobnail glassware, prices at auction can vary considerably. However, as a general rule, hobnail lamps and lamp bases tend to sell around the $800. Tumblers, jars and goblets, on the other hand, typically sell between $20 and $200.
Although made famous by the Fenton Art Glass Company, hobnail glassware was also produced by a number of leading glass manufacturers, such as Tiffany, Blenko and Waterford.
Identifying genuine antique examples of hobnail glassware is quite straight forward. First of all, collectors should check for the manufacturers’ trademark or label on the base of the object. In addition, colours are also helpful in determining who produced the object. For example, the Indiana Tumbler & Goblet company produced chocolate coloured hobnail items between 1894 and 1903.
Notable auction sales
On April 3rd 2009 at Davidson Auctions in New South Wales, Australia, a Waterford hobnail and diamond cut boudoir lamp realised a price of AU$300.
On August 4th 2008 at Randy Clark & Associates Auctioneers in Marietta, Ohio, two jonquil hobnail 3604 boudoir lamp bases realised a price of $800.
On April 19th 2009 at Randy Clark Associates & Auctioneers in Marietta, Ohio, a rose mist hobnail 3761 decanter with milk glass stopper realised a price of $1,000.
On May 18th 2011 at Jim Wroda Auction Services Ltd. in Ashville, New York, a blue opal hobnail 6” jar made by Fenton realised a price $750.
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