Antique EAPG 1876 Hobbs Brockunier Glass Pedestal Bowl w/ Viking Bearded Man Finial on Lid

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A rare 1876 Hobbs Brockunier lidded Early American Pressed Glass (ESPG) pedestal bowl with a very unique finial at the top of the lid of a Viking or a bearded man. This lidded compote bowl was made by the Hobbs Brockunier Company circa 1876. This pattern was called Viking Centennial as it was featured by the company at the Philadelphia 1876 Centennial Exposition.

J. H. Hobbs, Brockunier and Company was one of the largest manufacturers of glass in the United States in the 19th century. Its products were distributed world-wide. The company is known for one of the greatest innovations in American glassmaking that was an improved formula for lime glass. This new invention helped American glass makers to produce high-quality glass at lower cost. The firm was first organized as Barnes and Hobbs in 1845 by James B. Barnes and John L. Hobbs. The name of the company was later known as J. H. Hobbs, Brockunier and Company. Its products were mostly pressed and blown tableware, like this piece of pressed glass.

Inside this old piece I found a small time-yellowed piece of paper with faded writing. The note, written by the compote’s former owner, did some research in her day. She lists all of the pieces the company made in this pattern and a few other details about this rare find.

The Viking head on the round lid is two sided. It also appears on the bottom of the three pedestal legs. Just above the head on each of the legs, is a feather design in the glass. The feather design also appears up at the connection of the bowl section to the three legs. It looks especially nice when you open the bowl and look in to see it.

There is a scalloped edge on the round domed lid. This is truly an eye-catching piece of glasswork.

Approximate Measurements:
total height: 12"
diameter of top: 8"
height of main piece: 8"
height of lid: 4"

The covered compote or pedestal jar weighs close to 4 lbs. before packaging for shipment.

This antique glass lidded compote is in nice antique condition with no chips or cracks. It is amazing when considering it is about 145 years old.


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