This bowl is known as an "orange bowl" because of its shape. The bowl is 11 inches long by 8 inches wide and 4 inches deep. This piece is perfect for a centerpiece bowl for your table. The Feather and Hobstar pattern was one of the first patterns produced by Millersburg Glass. This beautiful piece of pressed glass features the Feather & Hobstar pattern designed by John Fenton and produced for the first time in 1909. This is a scarce pattern deeply pressed on beautifully clear glass. The pattern is pressed so deeply, it appears to be sculpted. One of the photos of the bottom shows the depth of the hobstar on the bottom of the bowl. The piece has no chips or cracks; however there is some roughness around the bottom collar rim. (This may have been mold removal problems rather than the result of use problems.) The pattern features hobstars, deep cut feathers and leaves.
John Fenton and his brother Frank Fenton started the Fenton Art Glass Company in Williamstown, West Virginia. In 1907 Fenton Art Glass was closed and John went to Holmes County, OH where he decided on Millersburg for a new glass factory. Ground was broken in 1908. The first glass was produced May 20, 1909. The first two patterns produced were Hobstar & Feather and Ohio Star. Although much of the glass produced was iridized, these two patterns were made in crystal clear glass.
Like many glass companies, Millersburg glass was unsuccessful because of lack of funds and other issues. In October 1911 Samuel B. Fair bought the factory and the molds. He formed the Radium Glass Company and began using the Millersburg molds. Radium operated until June 12. In October 1913 the company was purchased by John Sinclair and the name became Jefferson Glass (Steubenville OH). The Millersburg molds were scrapped or sold. Jefferson produced Hobstar & Feather as its #358 pattern and the Ohio Star pattern as #353. Vy 1915 production ended and the building was sold to Forrester Tire and Rubber Company.
This is a beautiful piece in a scarce pattern with no chips or cracks and roughness on the bottom around the collar of the bowl. The roughness is not visible when the bowl is sitting on a shelf or a table. The piece has been black light tested and as you can see it fluoresces beautifully under a black light. There is no color change due to the age of the glass and there is no cloudiness.
SOURCES: Edwards & Carwile, Standard Encyclopedia Millersburg Glass, p. 7, p. 58-94.
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