This stunning canary yellow water pitcher features the Daisy Button pattern, one of the ten most popular pressed patterns of all times. When viewed under a black light, the glass turns a bright neon green. Even in the sunlight, you can see traces of green.
The pattern is actually a copy of a very popular cut glass pattern known as “Russian” which was patented in 1882 for Thomas G. Hawkes (a premier glass company in early American glass history. The pattern is actually a refinement of a pattern known as Star and Hobnail which as cut as early as 1863. The cut glass pattern was an immediate success and soon, almost every glass cutting company was making the pattern with slight variations.
The pressed glass makers, not wanting to miss an opportunity to cash in on a popular pattern, copied the pattern and called it Daisy and Button because of the large star shapes (Daisies) and the polished flat hobnails (Buttons).
Stephen Hipkins, Hipkins Novelty & Mold Company, chipped the mold for Hobbs, Brockunier & Co. Glass Company in 1884 and Hobbs issued the pattern as its #101 Pattern. Soon, other pressed glass companies including Gillinder, Bryce, Beatty-Brady, Geo Duncan & Sons and others were marketing the pattern.
Pieces were made in clear, blue, green, canary, and a color known as Amberina. The pattern was made with some variations (most of the time). Almost every pressed glass maker of the time, made some form of the pattern, even if the form was a novelty. That will be the subject of another blog entry.