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Fenton Glass - Part 13
  (In this case: Celeste Blue & Powder Blue)   

Each year on July 4, Americans celebrate Independence Day. Other countries of the world have days set aside for commemorating their nation’s birth.

Following a visit to America in 1831, French writer Alexis de Tocqueville, said, “I sought for the greatness of the United States in her commodious harbors, her ample rivers, her fertile fields, and boundless forests---and it was not there. I sought for it in her rich mines, her vast world commerce, her public school system, and in her institutions of higher learning-----and it was not there. I looked for it in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution-----and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great!”

In a truly free land, its citizens must acknowledge the wisdom of the psalmist, “We trust in the name of the Lord our God!” Trust must not be placed in massive armaments, material wealth or scientific progress. Having done this, many nations have been destroyed.

Recorded history bears witness to this truth: No nation can stand when it refuses to trust in God.

Fenton Glass Co. is as American as Apple pie. The late Frank M. Fenton and his father before him are icons of the glass industry in these United States. Currently, Frank’s son George is at the helm and although the downturn in the overall economy of America is taking a toll on every facet of manufacturing, we sincerely trust that better days are ahead.

The patterns displayed in this segment were produced in an array of colors, as most collectors will attest. We simply want to present some of them in their Patriotic best, and as a memorable tribute to Frank and all that he did in his long lifetime to promote Carnival Glass. We sincerely hope you enjoy the assemblage and the color variations.

  Dean & Diane Fry, 7/10   

5.25 in. Red PERSIAN MEDALLION Sauce..
5.25 in. Red PERSIAN MEDALLION Sauce.
HORSEHEAD Rosebowl. HOW about those NICE RED feet!--Courtesy Alex & Chris Gultjaeff.
HORSEHEAD Rosebowl. HOW about those NICE RED feet!.
Courtesy Alex & Chris Gultjaeff.

PERSIAN MEDALLION 5 1/4” Sauce:  This could be labeled a trademark of Fenton manufacture, since so many shapes and colors are to be found offering the intricate pattern. However, we venture to say that there are many longtime collectors who would admit to never having seen a red example. Yes! It is that rare!

HORSEHEAD Rosebowl: Not only are the pattern and shape far from ordinary, the color on this one is exceptional. A good, clear red extends down through the feet! They could be amberina, you know.

MIRRORED LOTUS Bowl  in White. Horse Chestnut exterior pattern.- 5.25 in. diameter
MIRRORED LOTUS Bowl  in White.
Horse Chestnut exterior pattern. -  5.25 in. diameter.
CHERRY CHAIN 6 in. Plate in White.$550.-5-08 Wroda Auction.
CHERRY CHAIN 6 in. Plate in White.$550. - 5-08 Wroda Auction.

MIRRORED LOTUS:  There is at least one plate example in Celeste. Many years ago it was in the collection of the late, great, Smoky Cloud! The one who owns it now is most fortunate. The rest of us are happy when Blessed with a white or marigold example in bowl/rosebowl shape. Both colors are quite scarce!

CHERRY CHAIN 6” Plate:  Another of the “busily beautiful” patterns from Fenton Glass, mostly found in 9”-10” bowl form, with colors known in blue, green, marigold, vaseline, white, and red. Small 5”-6” bowls are found occasionally in blue, marigold, white. 11” chop plates in marigold and white are scarce, along with the 6” plates in amethyst, blue, green , marigold and white.

GRAPE & CABLE 8.5 in. Ball Ftd. Fenton Bowl in Celeste.- RARE-$1450. 5-08 Wroda Auction.
GRAPE & CABLE 8.5 in. Ball Ftd. Fenton Bowl in Celeste.
RARE-$1450. 5-08 Wroda Auction.
Fenton JESTER CAP vase in Celeste Blue. $400. Courtesy Seeck Auctions.
Fenton JESTER CAP vase in Celeste Blue.
$400. Courtesy Seeck Auctions.
JESTER'S CAP, or Fine Rib, footed. This is the Fenton version in Powder Blue..
JESTER'S CAP or Fine Rib, footed.
This is the Fenton version in Powder Blue.
Peacock at the Fountain Urn - Celeste.
Peacock and Urn - Celeste.

GRAPE and CABLE  8.5” Ball Footed Bowl:  Scarce as these are in the celeste color, the usual selling price is $900.- $1500.

FINE RIB Jester Cap:  Never having owned one of these during our many years of “involvement” with carnival glass, we placed a bid for this nice celeste example when it appeared in a Texas Carnival Glass Club Convention auction in March 2010. Alas! We were outbid! It sold for $400. Certainly the powder blue vases are as scarce as celeste examples!

PEACOCK and URN Compote: $150. does not seem much for such an unusual color, but many times this celeste color is light and referred to as powder blue. The interior marigold spray might possibly have a lesser degree of acceptance, as well. There may be an inclination to consider it “just another peacock”, since there were so  many colors produced in this shape?

Red Slag SAILBOATS in ice cream shape.
Red Slag SAILBOATS in ice cream shape.
Red FINE RIB 2.75 in. base diam. Courtesy Rick Kojis..
Red FINE RIB 2.75 in. base diam.
Courtesy Rick Kojis.

SAILBOATS  6” Sauce:  Amberina and amethyst are scarce colors as well, but one of these red examples will bring more money every time; sometimes $600. or more! There are no known red plates, but a super blue plate has sold for close to $1500.

LOTUS and GRAPE  Bonbon:  No matter the color, most of these are in the card-tray shape (2 sides up). Many of them offer a slag-effect in the glass. Either way, it never seems to hinder a nice price return of close to $1,000.

FINE RIB Vase:  Of all the Fenton red carnival glass, this vase pattern is probably the most difficult to locate a true red coloration in the glass! If you find an acceptable red, then the finish has a silvery cast, which can be a “turn-off”. In our 40-some years of search, we have never found one we want to own!

RARE White Fenton GRAPE & CABLE 9 in. Spatula Footed Bowl.
RARE White Fenton GRAPE & CABLE 9 in. Spatula Footed Bowl.
POND LILY in White.7.25 in. long x 7.25 in. wide.
POND LILY in White.7.25 in. long x 7.25 in. wide.

GRAPE and CABLE  9” Spatula Ftd. Bowl:  There seem to be a fair number of amethyst, blue, green and marigold bowls like this, but white examples are few and far between.

POND LILY  Bonbon: Next to a single-known peach opal in the pattern, which sold for $900. in 1997,  these white bonbons will sell in the $125. range when the iridescence is adequate. They are not plentiful.

Happy 4th of July!Happy 4th of July!Happy 4th of July!Happy 4th of July!

For the Word of God is living and powerful,
and sharper than any two-edged sword,
piercing even to the division of soul and spirit,
and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of
the thoughts and intents of the heart.
And there is no creature hidden from His sight,
but all things are naked and open to the eyes
of Him to whom we must give account.
~~~~~~( Hebrews 4:12-13) ~~~~~~

Happy 4th of July!Happy 4th of July!Happy 4th of July!Happy 4th of July!

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