This little Ruby Red beauty is a hard to find piece. Imperial called their hobnail, Early American Hobnail in the 1920's and 1930's. I believe Imperial also called this Dew drop. This ivy ball is from that age and it is not marked. Imperial did not always mark their early glass. Imperial's first colors in the Early American Hobnail were crystal, amber, Ritz Blue, Golden Ophir, Stiegel Green, Rose Marie (pink), Ruby, and Black. This is a darker, richer, ruby.
I have seen this piece listed many times as Duncan Miller but the Duncan Miller ivy ball doesn't have the smooth ring around the opening and their hobs go all the way up to the top. Also, the Duncan Miller ball vase has a plain foot unlike this Imperial which has a reverse hobnail foot.
CONDITION: I can't find any damage on this ball vase. No chips, cracks, nicks, or repairs and no water stains.
SIZE: 6-1/8" tall x 3-5/16" base diameter. Approximately 3-3/4" wide bowl. This was made from a four part mold.
In doing research on this piece I found the Imperial part number could be either 741 or 742. It is also shown in an Imperial Glass Encyclopedia to be part #188 but I believe #188 might be for later issues in other colors. This piece is from late 1920's or early 1930's. Elegant glass from the Depression Era.
A WORD ABOUT GLASS: Most of the glass I sell is vintage and as such, shows characteristics of age, which may include allowable base wear, bubbles, pattern irregularities, straw marks (inclusions/cooling marks) or mold marks. Vintage glass is rarely perfect and these characteristics are normal. Old glass may also have ash, sand, or dirt specks embedded in the glass. All of these features are expected to occur in vintage glass and can also occur in contemporary glass. I will do my best to describe any chips, cracks or other damage that would impact the value of the item.
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