Tree of Life with Hand or Pittsburgh Tree of Life pattern was manufactured by Hobbs, Brockunier & Company, Wheeling, WV, circa 1875-1880. It was made in clear and clear and frosted combination.
The pattern consists of the bowl portion made to look like the overshot glass of the period in a motif of the characteristic interpretive tree branches and leaves, sometimes referred to as a melon design because the interior of the bowl is sectioned much like the lobes of a musk melon. The standard is a hand holding a ball above the base which has a ribbed and ball border.
This lovely open compote, in the clear and frosted combination, measures 5 5/8" in height, 5 1/8" across the top and 4 1/8" across the base. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; a flake off one ball on the underside of the base, see photo, and several dark spots in the stem, which happened during the manufacturing process. EAPG may contain bubbles, straw marks and minor scratches from years of use.
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