Hobnail glass has a regular pattern of raised knobs. It’s much like the hobnail studs used on boot soles. It’s a type of molded glass that was quite popular in Victorian times. You’ll often find pitchers, vases, footed compote bowls and lemonade sets in the hobnail pattern. I just adore how the ‘nails’ catch the light!The Fenton Art Glass Company was the first to introduce Carnival Glass to the market, and later (towards the end of the Great Depression) they started making Hobnail out of milk glass. Fenton is the most easily identifiable vintage hobnail glass that you’ll find in antique stores, flea markets, and on Etsy or eBay.
Of course, there are companies who are making new hobnail and bringing it to market. Thomas O’Brien (the turquoise pitcher featured) and Anthropologie come to mind. On a tangent for a moment: I venture to guess Areo Studios did not knock off Anthro. It’s a striking the resemblance, don’t you agree? In my opinion, Anthropologie appears to have no shame. As a matter of fact, they’ve proven to be repeat offenders and it’s the very reason I choose not to patronize their stores. Stepping off the soapbox now and back to the pretty!Images are my own and via SZ Interiors, Gypsy Purple Home, Design Sensibility, Tobi Fairley, The Estate of Things, Italian Grey Hobnail Pitcher, Fenton Milk Glass Vase, Amber Brown Hobnail Vase