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. One such shape popular at the time were these barber bottles. They would sit on the counters in barbershops and hold assorted tonics and liquids used by the barber. The top opening would seal with a cork stopper holding a metal sprinkling spout. By the 1950s, other companies picked up the idea and produced very similar bottles but none will have the obvious polished pontil mark on the bottom as does this example. Since these objects were often used, they sustained damage to the prominent hobnails on the outside as well as become stained from the chemicals they held. This item is the exception to the rule! I have checked over all the hubs several times and cannot find any roughness, chips or damage. I will mention that the very bottom ring of hobnails has been ground at the factory when the pontil was polished. These may appear somewhat rough to the touch but originated at production. This bottle does not have its original stopper/spout, similar to most on the market today. The bottle stands 7 1/2” tall and measures approximately 4” across at the widest area of the body. A superb example of early glass utilitarian ware in exquisite condition. Thank you for stopping by my shop.
Hobbs Brockunier Cranberry Hobnail/Dewdrop Barber Bottle