Anne & Peter â€” The small boat is another size of the Edward Bolton boat, which seems to have been made in perhaps four or five sizes, only the one carrying the inscriptions. The Hobbs boat is lower and wider, otherwise identical.
I wrote the following about an 8" Hobbs 101 Yacht Pickle I had through my hands some time ago:
The manufacturer was Hobbs Brockunier & Co., Wheeling, West Virginia, USA. The original US patent date on this pattern is October 1884, and it is described as "101. YACHT PICKLE" in an old Hobbs Brockunier catalogue. At the top of the catalogue page is the text "... MADE IN CRYSTAL, OLD GOLD, SAF., M. GREEN & CANARY", so this example is in what the glassworks termed "Crystal". In fact it is not completely colourless but a very pale amethyst.
The Hobbs design is interesting. First, it must have been the shape that Hobbs was attempting to protect with the patent, as the decoration was an established and well-known cut glass pattern. Second, Hobbs apparently failed to protect the design in Britain, so the design was soon plagiarised by the Warrington glassworks of Edward Bolton, who made the shape more upright, added the emotive inscription "GRACE DARLING" to the stern, and registered this design as their own on 11 December 1885.
I also quoted sources: Bredehoft, Neila & Tom, Hobbs, Brockunier & Co., Glass, Identification and Value Guide
, Collector Books, 1997; Hayhurst, Jeanette, Miller's Glass Buyer's Guide
, Octopus Publishing Group, 2001; Thompson, Jenny, The Identification of English Pressed Glass 1842-1908
, privately published, 1989.
All this explains how a comparatively small and little-known glassworks came up with such a sophisticated and successful design.
Please respect my copyright in this material, and note that it was Tom Bredehoft and myself that worked out this snippet of pressed glass history and published it. It is of some importance as it shows that plagiarisn occurred in both directions between American and British glassworks. Probably the best known example in the opposite direction is Opaline Brocade by Walsh.