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Fenton Glass - Part 5
FENTON GLASS - Part 5
GRAPE & CABLE Fruit or Orange Bowl: These approx. 11” bowls were created with Persian Medallion patterned interior in amethyst, blue, green and marigold. The same exterior was used for Pacific Coast Mail Order House advertising bowls in blue, marigold and green. These are 6-7” deep, with grape clusters having 14 grapes each. Of course there are examples having smooth interiors, as well.
Don Kime and Roland Kuhn once owned a duplicate bowl to this in amethyst, with the same blackberry design on the interior. They had purchased it many years ago from John Britt. It sold at auction in 1998. Since that time, we had not seen another presumed “experimental” example until viewing glass in the large display room during the 2005 ICGA Convention held in Indianapolis.
BLACKBERRY SPRAY Hat: This example carries four sprays of berries. Some examples offer only two sprays. Exterior is plain. Most collections have some hat shapes in them, for in many cases, the pattern displayed is only available on this shape. This particular hat can be found in JIP shape, tightly crimped, 2 sides up, 4 sides up, or ruffled. Considering the vast color selection to choose from, a fairly large number in this pattern can be accumulated! Amberina, reverse amberina, amberina opal, amethyst, aqua, aqua opal, blue, blue opal, green, lime green, lime green opal, marigold, red, red opal, vaseline and white are available (with patience).
FERN PANELS Hat: Another pattern used only on the hat shape, the fronds of fern within, create another of Fenton's designs from nature. JIP, ruffled, and crimped edges are used for these. Amethyst, blue, green, marigold, red and white are known colors.
KITTENS: There are collections having fifty or more examples of this pattern. The pieces are small, answering the call of miniature collectors, and they do not require a great deal of space to display. Banana boat shape, card tray, 2 sides up, six ruffle, four ruffle, round cereal bowl of only 3 ½”, cup and saucer, 4 ½” round plate and a toothpick holder, along with a few rare spittoon shapes comprise an array to select from. Most examples have four kittens, but on occasion, a two-kitten example surfaces. Amethyst, amethyst opal, blue and a lighter powder blue, marigold, aqua, and vaseline colors are known, but not all colors are found in each of the shapes mentioned.
DIAMOND POINT COLUMNS Banana Boat: This displays the agility and quick thinking of the glass handler! Obviously, the glass was too hot to hold the usual vase shape. This marigold example became a “whimsey”, so as not to lose all the effort to “produce” a worthy object!
DIAMOND POINT COLUMNS Amethyst and Green Vases: Alternating panels of vertical ribs and diamond points comprise this design. A 3 ½” base on all known examples, with heights normally ranging from 7 to 12 inches. Some squat versions of 5” or so are known. We show a nice marigold vase in another segment (can be located from the pattern alphabet by clicking on - - ). Lime green and vaseline are additional colors to look for. These usually have marigold iridescence.
Fenton reproduced amethyst vases in carnival glass. The finish is much shinier than that applied to the vintage vases. There may be other newer vases in other colors, along with some which were not iridized.
HEARTS & TREES: Here again is a nice interior pattern used only in conjunction with the exterior mold-Butterfly and Berry, to create a combination which can be found only on this footed bowl. They are not extremely expensive, not often available, and yet very little excitement emanates from its appearance, for some peculiar reason. We have never been able to understand this, since we are pattern collectors who desire to own at least one of every pattern known (if possible)!
The IC shape green bowl is owned by Mike Soper. Nancy and Bernie May once owned this rare bowl, and arranged for us to display this picture for viewers. We appreciate the efforts extended by all those involved, including the May's son-in-law who took the photo! We wonder whether this might be the only example of its kind?
Marigold ruffled examples in this pattern are extremely scarce, seldom appearing in auctions. With strong coloring such as this, who would not want to own one? (smile)
Dean & Diane Fry - 3/06
Psalm 118 is the conclusion of the section of the Hebrew songbook called the “Hallel psalms” (Psalms 113 -118).
These songs were sung in praise and celebration at the Feasts of Tabernacles and of Passover, meaning that Christ likely sang this psalm as part of the last Passover He shared with His Disciples the night before He went to the cross. With the cross looming before Him, the Saviour's confidence in the Father was so strong that He was able to sing, “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
-----even though on that day He would be crucified as the bearer of our sin.
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