Sunday, December 27, 2009

Blue Christmas...

hope not...but I needed a lead in for a follow-up on hobnail...wanted to highlight some of the blue hobnail...but I did get a little history on "Blue Christmas".

It was written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson and recorded by Ernest Tubb in 1948. A heart-broken tale of unrequited love during the holidays had long been considered a Christmas staple of country music. In 1957, Elvis Presley effectively made "Blue Christmas" a steadfast rock-and-roll holiday classic by recording it in his signature style. Elvis Presley's famous recording of the song appeared on his 1957 LP Elvis' Christmas Album. It was also released as a single. Ernest Tubb's version of the song included an extra verse not used by Elvis' later version.

So, there you have that...now for some blue hobnail...the blue color is made by adding copper to the mixture, and in a book on cake stands, this turquoise blue is dubbed "Jersey blue."

These hobnail pieces are signature depression era Fenton. You can tell their styles by the ruffles and the rolled edges at the bases of the pieces. These are all early pieces because they do not have the Fenton name imprinted on the glass. Fenton used paper labels until 1970.



You can see the various shades of turquoise in these pictures. The shades do vary...one piece I got with this collection was a Westmoreland piece. It is a totally different shade as you can see...

Westmoreland Glass made some gorgeous Victorian glass when they opened in 1890 in Grapeville, Pa. English Hobnail was a big hit thru the Depression Glass years. This in a 50s piece because it has the intertwined W G mark that originated in 1949. Unlike Fenton, which is still in business, Westmoreland closed in 1984.

So, hopefully, your Christmas was a pretty blue like Fenton or Westmoreland blue...and remember as we face the new year, as Mark Twain says:
“Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.”

4 comments:

Brenda @Just a Bed of Roses said...

Love you "blue Christmas" story.
Glad Fenton made such beautiful pieces of blue hobnail.
When I think of the song, usually Elvis is singing it.
How's your sassy cat? I told my 4 year old granddaughter I wanted her cat for Christmas and she tried to wrap it up in paper...of course...the cat ran!
Hope your enjoying the holidays, stretch it out before school starts again.

gail said...

Hi Susan, glad to hear its thawing out, but I hope the squireels have somewhere nice and warm! :) I love the quote from Mark Twain. Truer words have never been spoken I fear! I hope you had a nice holiday and a very happy and healthy New Year. (()) gail

Patricia said...

Those are beautiful shades of blue. Where on earth do you find these treasures? Love the quote, ain't it the truth. Have a wonderful New Year.
Pat
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Relics said...

I love your blue story!

Your blog is so SO pretty!

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