A beautiful opalescent glass cruet made by Hobbs Glass Co. circa 1891. This is the Hobbs Seaweed pattern in a beautiful blue with strong opalescence designs and trim. The cruet has a ground and puntied pontil and a beautiful transparent sapphire blue applied handle. It stands 6" tall.
References for this cruet can be found in the following books: Bredehoft, Hobbs, Brokunier & Co, Glass, page 128 which shows and old catalog illustration and in Heacock & Elmore, Opalescent Glass from A-Z, page 127.
Condition. There is no stopper. Surprisingly, the base shows only minor surface wear. There is a slight roughness around the rim which was is typical from the stopper being taken in and out. There is some dried residue on the inside. There are striation marks, also known as "straw marks" in the glass. These are not cracks. This is normal for glass made during this time period and it is rare to find a piece that does not have some form of these striation lines. The handle does have a heat check. I have posted an arrow to it in the photographs. It very tight and sturdy. This was a common problem when they attached handles to glass during this period.