One of Hobbs Brockunier popular lines, the dewdrop #323 pattern was first patented June 1, 1886, submitted by William Russell and William Leighton, Jr. Later known as Hobnail, this line sold well and was produced in a myriad of colors and shapes. This line was produced in at least five different sizes of pitchers. In my shop I currently have at least two other dewdrop pitchers, both have opalescence in the hobs. This example is strictly cranberry without opalescence and a clear applied handle. The clarity of this piece is exquisite, no staining or residue anywhere on the inside. I believe this item would be considered a #4 size water pitcher, however it is a little bit taller than the other one in the shop. It stands 7 3/4” tall, measures 7” from spout to back of handle and almost 7” across the widest area of the ball body. After thorough examination, no chips, cracks, damage or repairs can be found. I did notice on the bottom in the area of the polished pontil a tiny area of extra glass was pressed into glass when molded, thus it can be felt-not an issue, mentioned for accuracy. Also felt a point of glass where the handle attaches to the body-occurred at production. I see no heat checks or cracks in the handle nor where it attaches to the body. I also have checked over the hobs themselves and can find no chips, missing or damage whatsoever. An absolutely pristine example of Victorian cranberry glass produced by the renowned Hobbs Brockunier company. I have included a selection of photos showing different angles of the pitcher.
Hobbs Brockunier Cranberry Hobnail/Dewdrop Water Pitcher