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. 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, but this one is initialled and dated in the boro with “S 16” on the bottom – as this piece is from 2016. This is most affordable signed Tophat we’ve ever had, so 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. This pipe has no carb on it, which is just as the original style of Tophat was made that used to be bounced off the pavement at Grateful Dead shows. 4.5 inches long, 2.75 inches high, and 1.25 inches wide makes this basic a smaller sized Tophat. Amazing glass art from Bob Snodgrass!
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.