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Millersburg - Part 19

SCROLL and GRAPES Punch bowl interior.-Ameth.
SCROLL and GRAPES Punch bowl interior. - Amethyst.

SCROLL and GRAPES Bowl Interior:  Describes the interior bowl design found in a single-known amethyst example of Multi-Fruits and Flowers exterior punch set pattern. It was first reported in a 1987 Lincoln Land Club Newsletter. The design is quite attractive; comprised of large grape clusters and scroll-like filigree. The punch set sold in 2009 for $7,000.

Tulip-top MULTI-FRUITS - Blue-RARE!
Tulip-top MULTI-FRUITS - Blue-RARE!

Blue MULTI-FRUITS AND FLOWERS Punch Bowl and Base:  There are more blue bases than bowls in this pattern. One each in amethyst, blue, and marigold, along with two in green are known in punch sets.

Marigold MULTI-FRUITS Punch Set
Marigold MULTI-FRUITS Punch Set.
Flared MULTI-FRUITS in Scarce Green
Flared MULTI-FRUITS in Scarce Green

MULTI-FRUITS AND FLOWERS Punch Sets:  These sought-after sets are so scarce both in flared and tulip-top versions, that some years pass with no examples surfacing for auction sale. Amethyst, green and marigold sets having flared tops are easier to locate than tulip tops.  Tulip tops are known in amethyst, blue, marigold and green.

HOBNAIL Pitcher & Tumbler-Green
HOBNAIL Pitcher & Tumbler - Green.
BLUE & Mgld. HOBNAIL Tumblers-Courtesy Seeck Auctions
BLUE and Marigold HOBNAIL Tumblers - Courtesy Seeck Auctions.
Ameth. HOBNAIL Tumbler (whimsey)-Courtesy Steve Maag.
Amethyst HOBNAIL Tumbler (whimsey) - Courtesy Steve Maag.
Ameth. HOBNAIL Jardiniere-$500. 8-13-Wroda Auction
Amethyst HOBNAIL Jardiniere - $500. 8-13 - Wroda Auction.

HOBNAIL:  While blue is considered rare in most Millersburg patterns, green is another scarce color. Of all colors known in Hobnail, pitchers and tumblers in green are the rarest! How was the “whimsey” tumbler achieved? Very likely an amethyst tumbler was re-heated and bent down into that shape in order to attract a “whimsical price” for an oddity……….which would NOT have left the factory in that shape! The “jardinière” is another “made-over” fantasy, which was not produced in the factory! It is a re-shaped “hand-made” rose bowl!! The colors represented in these pictures illustrate the known colors in the Hobnail pattern.

Blue SWIRL HOBNAIL-10 in. tall. Courtesy Alicia & Mack McKinney.
Blue SWIRL HOBNAIL - 10 in. tall.
Courtesy Alicia & Mack McKinney.

SWIRL HOBNAIL Vase (Blue): When Marie McGee wrote her Millersburg Book in 1995, she mentioned seeing a blue vase in this pattern in Northern Calif. Since the McKinney’s purchased this vase over eBay, presenting it to us for display on the 101 in Oct. 2013, we have no way of knowing whether it is the same vase Marie had seen, or yet another example in blue? These vases have a 3” base diameter.
You may view examples of this vase in marigold, amethyst and green by clicking -- S -- in our pattern alphabet listed on the homepage.

SWIRL HOBNAIL- Rosebowl, 2 Spittoon
Swirl Hobnail rosebowl - and  two spittoons.

SWIRL HOBNAIL: The rose bowl and spittoon shapes, along with “vases” having been “swung” from this 3 ½” basic rose bowl shape appear from time to time. Colors reported are amethyst, green and marigold. The design is accepted as a Millersburg variation to the basic Hobnail pattern and is considered more scarce!  A thought for your consideration: The Rosebowl is the basic factory-produced shape. How long after the basic rosebowl left the factory, do you suppose the other two shapes were created??

HOLLY SPRIG - Courtesy Jerry Smith
HOLLY SPRIG - Courtesy Jerry Smith.

Green HOLLY SPRIG Card Tray shaped BonBon
Green HOLLY SPRIG Card Tray shaped BonBon.

HOLLY SPRIG - HOLLY WHIRL:  The bon-bon, a bowl, and the card tray are not difficult to find in this pattern.  Card tray shaped bonbons are known in amethyst, green and marigold. This shape was also used for the Isaac Benesch advertising item found in marigold.
The small compote, the deep sauce dish and the rose bowl “whimsey” are considered rare. Fewer than half dozen of the compotes are known in amethyst and marigold.

Dean & Diane Fry, March 2014

If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?
But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.
Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect.
Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?
For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.
Now, no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless,
Afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
(Hebrews 12:7-11)
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