In my last post I talked about my other supper time glasses, my Big Top Peanut Butter Glasses.
These are my other “almost fancy” glasses.
Hobnail glass has a regular pattern of raised knobs like the hobnail studs sometimes used on boot soles. It can be a pattern created by blowing a glass vessel into a mold, or it can be achieved by pressing the glass into a mold. It was very popular during Victorian times, usually in hand blown, translucent coloured glass, which is sometimes called “Dew Drop Glass”. Lemonade sets with a pitcher and matching glasses were very common at the turn of the century. .
In 1939 Fenton Art Glass first introduced their hobnail glass and in those early years it was in translucent colors. Milk glass hobnail was introduced by Fenton in 1950, and proved to be one of their most successful products. It kept the company going during the very difficult years when many other glassworks closed down. Just about every Fenton shape has been produced in hobnail milk glass.
Hobnail glass has been made by many USA companies, including Hobbs Brockunier & Co, Fenton Art Glass, Westmoreland Glass, Kemple Glass, as well as several British companies.
My collection started with a pitcher my grandmother used to make sweet tea in. I have now expanded my collection to include tumblers, goblets, more pitchers, an ice bucket, lamps…You can find hobnail glass as lamps, perfume bottles, vases, goblets and tumblers. It is really easy to find at the flea market, garage sales, or at thrift stores. It is one of those things that isn’t all that valuable, unless it is Fenton, but it has a real nostalgia factor to me! I even have hobnail milk glass lamps in our bedroom.