Large Glass Comport, J H Hobbs Brockunier & Co, Tree Of Life Compote, Victorian Glass Bowl


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Beautiful, large, Victorian Era comport/compote.
By J.H Hobbs, Brockunier & Co 1800's (most say 1879).
This pattern is called 'Tree of Life' - a wonderfully detailed hand around patterned 'ball' stem, frosted fluted base, and a scalloped edge, patterned bowl looking somewhat like small branches and leaves.
This comport is not without a couple of manufacturing flaws - it has a straw (or shear) mark on base (see pic), and a couple of bubbles. Mold lines (3) are noticeable until approximately the middle of the stem. These do not affect the durability or aesthetics of the comport, but rather, gives an indication of age.
We can find no chips, or cracks, but there is some slight roughness to bottom of base.
25,3cm (9.96") diameter (bowl) x 25,4cm (10") tall.
Bowl depth is approx., 6,4cm (2.5").
Weight - 1,79kg (3.95lbs).

*We do have another comport by the same manufacturer, and in the same pattern, but with a clear base*

*J. H. Hobbs, Brockunier and Company was one of the largest and best known manufacturers of glass in the United States in the 19th century. Its products were distributed world-wide. The company is responsible for one of the greatest innovations in American glassmaking—an improved formula for lime glass that enabled American glass makers to produce high-quality glass at a lower cost. The firm also developed many of the talented glassmakers that started glass factories in Ohio and Indiana.

The firm was first organized as Barnes and Hobbs in 1845 by James B. Barnes and John L. Hobbs. Both men held supervisory positions at the New England Glass Company in Massachusetts before starting their business venture. They came to a small community near the south side of Wheeling, Virginia, to begin their new glassmaking company. The firm was reorganized multiple times during the next half century, but members of the Hobbs family were always part of the ownership. The most famous iteration of the company was named J. H. Hobbs, Brockunier and Company. This version of the firm was organized in 1863 as a co-partnership between John L. Hobbs, son John H. Hobbs, and Charles W. Brockunier. Its products were mostly pressed and blown tableware.

In 1891, the Hobbs glass works joined the United States Glass Company trust. The trust controlled over a dozen glass plants. In 1893, the glass works was closed. It remained closed until 1902 when the property was sold to Harry Northwood—a former employee of J. H. Hobbs, Bruckunier and Company. *

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