There is a documentary called ‘Degenerate Art: The Art and Culture of Glass Pipes’ that actually covers the history and relevance of Bob Snodgrass and his art. How it was first sold at Grateful Dead shows in the parking lot and helped grow borosilicate glass art. Bob invented many aspects of borosilicate glass art like fuming the glass with precious metals. A genuine Snodgrass is as much a piece of history as it is a piece of glass art.
This is the old style basic Tophat by Bob Snodgrass. This is initialed with an “S” for Snodgrass in the fuming on the bottom of the face. This piece is also dated by Bob with “19” drawn in boro. These are most affordable signed Tophats we’ve ever had. This will be a real scoop for someone out there. Beautiful fuming is thick all over and there are a lot of color hues all over the piece. On the stem is a logo in handwriting script that says “Glass by Snodgrass” with a small skull emblem. We choose our Tophats for face quality and this is a fantastic face on the Deadhead. Everything is tight, clean and symmetrical. The blue silver fuming accents look great. This pipe has no carb on it. This is how the original style of Tophat was made that used to be bounced off the pavement at Grateful Dead shows. Also, not having carbs on the Tophats is what kept Bob out of jail back during the raids in Eugene. Just a bit of Snodgrass history. 4.5 inches long, 2.5 inches high, and 1.25 inches wide makes this basic a smaller sized Tophat. Amazing glass art from Bob Snodgrass and we all thank bob for our Snoddy!
The details are many on a piece like this by Bob, and if you are lucky enough to get this piece we encourage you to get in touch with Bob and the @SnodgrassGlass_Official account on Instagram and ask them about your Snodgrass if you have questions.