Regal Cane (Hammonia), Brockwitz

Quite a rare pattern: I know of only a few pieces in the pattern, all in marigold. The 5-inch tall clock on the left sold for $800 at auction in 1998 and again in 2009 for $550. a similar one, or perhaps the same one, sold in 2016 for $750. In 2017 another sold for $450. The one on the right sold for $304 on eBay in 2003. In 2021, an example like the one above right sold for $1,300. Don't confuse this pattern with Tartan.

In addition to the 8 1/4-inch pitcher, decanters are known in two different sizes along with a cup/mug--all in marigold. In 2017, a miniature mug sold for $100.

Several 4-inch tall cordial glasses in Regal Cane have sold over the years. One brought $195 in 2003, another $205 in 2010, this one in 2012 for $170, and another for $190 in 2013. In 2017, one sold for $180. Photo courtesy of Seeck Auctions.

The 2 1/8 inch tall handled marigold cordial above brought $70 in 2021. Photo courtesy of Burns auctions.

This 8 1/2 inch tall pitcher in marigold sold in 2013 for $350. Another brought $250 in 2016. In 2017, another in marigold sold for $350.

In 2016, a marigold tumbler sold for $110. In 2017 a marigold tumbler brought $375.

Also in 2016, an ashtray purported to be Regal Cane sold for $35.

In 2019, a water pitcher in marigold brought $275.

In 2021, a water pitcher, 2 tumblers, and an undertray, all in marigold, sold for $280

In 2020, this marigold tumble up with underplate sold for $575 at the Christina Katsikas auction. Thanks to Greg Dilian for the photo.

This decanter and cordial sold in 2014 for $475, although the cordial had minor damage. Photo courtesy of Seeck Auctions.

In 2016, a marigold 10-inch decanter with two cordials brought $550 and a set with a 9-inch tall decanter with six little mugs (rather than cordials) in marigold sold for $575.

In 2019, a marigold decanter and one cordial sold for $200 and a decanter and six small mugs (2 1/2 inches tall) brought $950.

In 2021, a marigold 9-piece cordial set sold for $1,350. The cordials were of the handled style.

Above are front and back photos of a Regal Cane clock owned by Greg Dilian. Here is what he said about it:

Regal Cane Clock by Brockwitz
By Greg Dilian

Regal Cane is a pattern made by Brockwitz of Germany. Hammonia was the original Brockwitz pattern name and production of this pattern began in 1915. It was made in Carnival Glass in several different shapes, some quite unusual. The shapes that have surfaced so far include a pitcher, tumbler, tumble-up, a decanter in two shapes, cordials, tiny handled mugs, two types of trays (rectangular and round), an oval jardini¸re, a tall cylindrical vase, an ashtray in blue Carnival, and two shapes of clocks. This article will discuss the clock pictured here.

I first learned about Regal Cane clocks when one was auctioned off at the John Britt auction back when I was a lot younger than I am now. I really like it and bid a lot for it with a phone bid as online auctions had not been conceived of at that time. It went to Ed Kramer who was Secretary of HOACGA. When Ed passed away, the clock once again came up for sale and I was again runner-up. You can see that clock on Dave Doty's website.

A few years went by and online auctions had now become a vehicle for selling Carnival Glass. In one of these auctions, I saw a Regal Cane clock that was in a different shape than the one owned by Britt and Kramer. This clock was shaped like a tombstone which is sort of fitting for a clock. This time, I won it! The clock did not keep time and there was scotch tape on the back to hold the timepiece in the round insert. I think the gasket must have disintegrated or was lost over the years. But the glass is a nice marigold with good iridescence and has no damage. On the face of the clock is Spanish writing. It reads, "TIENDA "El Goucho" Mar del Plata".

Tienda means store in Spanish. El Goucho may be the name of the store but that is speculation. Mar del Plata is a popular seaside resort in Argentina. So, could the glass for these clocks have been made by Brockwitz for stores in Argentina where the time pieces were inserted? There are a few of these "tombstone" shaped clocks available, but this is the only one I've seen with writing on the face. More than just Carnival Glass found its way to Argentina from Germany over the years. So, I am not sure how many were sold to stores in Argentina but very few of these exist today.

The glass measures 6 1/4 inches in height and is 4 1/4 inches wide at the base. The clock has a 2-inch diameter. As I stated, the iridescence is quite nice and it is a very unusual piece of Carnival Glass. I do not know of any other production-line Carnival Glass clocks made in any pattern. For there to be clocks in two different shapes in the Regal Cane pattern is quite remarkable. Could it be that this shape was made for export?

So, if anyone knows anything else about these pieces, I sure would like to know.

Thanks to Glen and Stephen Thistlewood for allowing me to use their eBook Carnival Glass from Europe Encyclopedia as a reference for this article. from-europe.html

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Updated 2/4/2022