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    Posted 5 years ago

    Hunter
    (49 items)

    My mom saved this single cup from her grandmother's set of party dishes (I assume they once had matching plates), but we can't figure out the manufacturer or set name. There are no markings I can find, and the entire outside and bottom of the cup is covered in small studs / spikes.

    The cup is about 2.5" in diameter and the spikes continue beneath it. I'm referring to them as spikes because they seem much pointier and closer together than any of the Hobnail designs I could find online. The handle also has little notched cuts into it (no spikes).

    Anyone have ideas?

    Update: As found on eBay, this EAPG cup is credited to Doyle & Co. for a child's toy set (made in blue, amber, and clear glass), circa 1900. The set is identified on p. 202, Volume II, of Doris Anderson Lechler's book, "Children's Glass Dishes, China, and Furniture."

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    1. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      It's definitely the Hobnail pattern. Could Model Glass Company of Findlay, Ohio in the late 1800s and early 1900s based on the handle. More info is always better, such as SIZE,etc. and use all four pictures. This may be from a child's set.
    2. Hunter Hunter, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the info Celiene; I'll take some measurements and update the post!
    3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      SEASON's GREETINGS HUNTER !!!!!
    4. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
      Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you Hunter and all CW ! Here's to a great New Year on CW !
    5. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
      Calling Tallcakes to rescue !
    6. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
      Happy Holidays Hunter - thanks for everything you do!
    7. TallCakes TallCakes, 5 years ago
      probably more than a dozen different glass companies made variations on the hobnail motif. I'm having a hard time seeing the detail in the hobs at the angles of these photos. In some areas it almost looks like a double eye hobnail. Likely that without a matching catalog image the maker is unknown.
    8. Hunter Hunter, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the well wishes - and happy holidays to everyone!

      I'll have to take some closer photos - the bumps seems sharper and much closer together than any hobnail design I've seen, which is partly why I was referring to them as spikes. ;) The cups are also quite small -- maybe 2.5 - 3 inches in diameter.
    9. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
      It seems to be a child's set Hunter . Tea time for kids :-) Looks like it goes to a punch set .
    10. Hunter Hunter, 5 years ago
      that's a good thought Mani ~ it definitely seems like a punch set to me. The other thing that seems different from most hobnail patterns is that the spikes go all the way under the cup - there is no flat bottom.
    11. Hunter Hunter, 5 years ago
      Just updated the post with a couple more images and measurements. It is about 2.5" inches across and those little spikes seem closer and sharper than any hobnail designs I could find online...
    12. Hunter Hunter, 5 years ago
      @celeine you're right that this set looks very similar (and is IDed as Model Glass Co): https://www.etsy.com/listing/92961214/eapg-hobnail-glass-cups-in-peacock-blue?ref=sr_gallery_37&sref=&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=hobnail&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_ship_to=US&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_page=13&ga_search_type=vintage&ga_facet=vintage
    13. TallCakes TallCakes, 5 years ago
      Model Flint did make a pointed hobnail pattern but the handles are different and I don't see any with the hobs on the bottom. Columbia and Doyle also made similar pointed hobnail patterns with hobs on the bottoms, and there are others by unknown makers.
    14. Hunter Hunter, 5 years ago
      thanks for the tips TallCakes; I'll look into it! I could only find cups for about $25 EACH, which seemed a bit steep. But I guess if they are 100 years old...
    15. TallCakes TallCakes, 5 years ago
      I've found several like this listed as Nickel Plate Glass child's cup c1880s but can't seem to find a reference; maybe worth a check...
    16. Hunter Hunter, 5 years ago
      Great - will do TC. :)
    17. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      Yeah - hobs on the entire bottom? WEIRD!!
    18. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      Duncan Miller has hobs on the bottom, but a different handle. And not as many nail nobs on the bottom...

      https://www.pinterest.com/pin/94012710946414739/
    19. Hunter Hunter, 5 years ago
      yeah! I just bought the etsy set so we'll see if they match. ;)
    20. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      Got it! It's Doyle & Co., a child's set cup!

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-Doyle-Co-Childrens-Toy-Glass-Hobnail-Electric-Blue-Glass-Mug-/191760053301?hash=item2ca5ca3435:g:kiYAAOSwfZ1WbxB3
    21. Hunter Hunter, 5 years ago
      awesome, thank you Celiene!
    22. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      You are welcome! Now I have to post a few mysteries I need help with!
    23. TallCakes TallCakes, 5 years ago
      what reference does that listing use to attribute to Doyle?
    24. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
      When I saw Doyle the other day there were no hobnails on bottom like Hunters
    25. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
      No hobnails on link either on bottom .
    26. TallCakes TallCakes, 5 years ago
      how tall is it? One reliable source has this as a mustard set with slotted lid and spoon; and the maker is unknown. So perhaps you have a unknown hobnail mustard sans the lid...
      http://www.patternglass.com/Form/Mustard/HobnailMustard109.jpg
    27. Hunter Hunter, 5 years ago
      Good point TC, I've just written the eBay seller to ask where they got their information since they seemed very confident it was part of a child's set.
    28. Hunter Hunter, 5 years ago
      Also, the cup is about 3.5" tall.
    29. TallCakes TallCakes, 5 years ago
      seem a tad larger than most child set cups/mugs
    30. Hunter Hunter, 5 years ago
      It seems like a perfect little punch glass to me - was great for eggnog last week. :)
    31. Hunter Hunter, 5 years ago
      One more update: The eBay seller who had identified the piece as part of a child's set made by Doyle & Co. was kind enough to share with me their source, so I thought I should post it here:
      "I collect Children's Toy Glass & have several books on the subject to use for research & identification. Author Doris Anderson Lechler has 2 wonderful books out there for identification.
      This mug was identified in her book #2 on page 202. Reprint of old catalog pages. Bottom right, top row, last mug. The name of her book is Volume II, Childrens Glass Dishes, China & Furniture. Its a wonderful book, chock full of information. It also came in clear & I too have that one."
      Research success! Now I may need to write an article on toy glassware... :)
    32. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
      How about that you solved your own mystery :-) Great info Hunter !
    33. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 5 years ago
      Nice and sweet!

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