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Fenton - Part 2
FENTON GLASS - Part II
This pattern is the Fenton answer to the need for a grape design in a competitive arena where Northwood and Imperial grape designs were extremely popular. This single lily epergne stands about 4 ¾” tall and can also be found in blue, amethyst, and an occasional green.
Feb. 1911 Butler Ad
Displays the Vintage Fernery and the original metal insert for protecting the glass when used for planting purposes. Considering the fact that Fenton began producing Carnival Glass patterns in 1907, we can appreciate the satisfactory “long run of acceptance” from all the patterns shown here. Now in their Centennial Year of business, Fenton patterns are still as desirable as in the beginning!
Vintage Fernery- another shape in this popular pattern will also be found in green, marigold, blue, and a rare red which is more on the dark or slag side than cherry color. An occasional reverse amberina and amber examples are known. The fernery stands 3 1/8” tall. Plates and bowls in 5-6” and 8-9” are to be admired in the pattern. A powder jar, nutbowl and bon bon are also available. A peach opal bon bon sold at auction for $140 in 2000.
This Butler Bros. Wholesale Ad displaying Fenton designs, confirms Finecut Flower to be in the realm of early Fenton production, along with the Min. Blackberry Compote, and the Small Rib pattern in several shapes.
FINECUT FLOWER Courtesy Joe Brennan.
Finecut Flower is a pattern usually found in the marigold compote. However, in 1998, a green one surfaced and sold for $60, with another green example known; whereas the earlier marigold examples had been selling in the $45 range. Attribution had been granted to Imperial, but discovery of the compote amidst other Fenton products in a 1908-1909 Butler Bros. Wholesale Catalog, conclusively places it in the Fenton realm. These are iridized inside the bowl. The first few known were with clear stem and foot. We know of four such examples. The pictured compote, as you can see, is beautifully iridized inside and out, having marigold on stem and foot! We have seen another such as this. The Finecut Flower has six petals.
There are three mold lines visible on the foot. The compote stands 5 3/8” tall. The base is 3 1/8” in diameter. Hartung, in Vol. 4, p-26, shows Finecut Flower. She also shows Finecut Flower Variant in Vol. 7, p-48. Wm. Heacock's “The Glass Collector”, issue #3, Summer, 1982, p-16, offers an article surrounding the sameness and differences of these compotes. In a Jan. 1994 HOACGA Bulletin, Carl O. Burns reports that U.S. Glass produced a pattern called “Pennsylvania” in crystal, which may have been copied by Fenton as their Finecut Flower, since production years overlapped. Aside from that theory, the distinct possibility exists that if Fenton purchased that mold from U.S. Glass, production results indicate a distorted or badly worn mold.
MINIATURE BLACKBERRY COMPOTE
Displayed in the accompanying Butler Bros. Ad, we know this pattern to have been among very early production elements. There is one known “orchid” compote, (so named by Frank M. Fenton, himself), along with marigold, blue, green, amethyst, white (very scarce). The compote was also produced minus the Blackberry interior pattern. Very rare are the few flattened shapes, creating a plate on the stem.
HONEYCOMB and CLOVER
Honeycomb and Clover is not an abundantly available bonbon. Usually seen in marigold, there are a few known in green. Pattern is on the exterior, with a plain, smooth interior. This same pattern is found exterior of the Feathered Serpent bowls.
Amber SMALL RIB Whimsey Cuspidor
SMALL RIB Whimsey Cuspidor in amber base glass is an unusual “find”. Shaped from the mold shape-compote, the only time this special shaping occurs, is when the glass is so hot it will not hold its compote shape. It is possible that these might be found in an ice green base glass, or in clear base glass, as is used in many marigold iridescent pieces.
SMALL RIB Footed Bowl
This one has ice green base glass, with a marigold overspray.
SMALL RIB Compote
The ice green base glass adds somewhat to the marigold overspray. Notice the two types of stems used in our photos, versus the same two available in the 1909 Butler Ad?
(This pattern is slurried over or omitted in most accounts written about Fenton production. We believe that since it was used in their very early years, it should take its rightful place among the many other ribbed offerings from various manufacturers.) It has its own distinction!
SMALL RIB Rosebowl
SMALL RIB Rosebowl type Compote displays the clear glass base. This shape is seen in the 1909 Butler Bros. Wholesale Ad. The slight “bulge” in the stem on this piece is seen on other Fenton compotes, as well.
Dean & Diane Fry - 1/05
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