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Fenton Vases - Part  8
FENTON Vases – Part 8

At least 3 known. PANELED DANDELION Vase-Blue- Courtesey Wroda Auctions.
At least 3 known - PANELED DANDELION Vase in Blue.
Courtesey Wroda Auctions.

PANELED DANDELION Vase:  At least three of these are known. There is a rare variation having the handle attached on a mold seam. Tankard handles are typically applied on one of the six panels. (There is a round designated spot where the handle base is anchored.

Oct. 1909 Butler Bros. Catalog..
Oct. 1909 Butler Bros. Catalog.
Marigold LONG THUMBPRINT-6 in.- $115. Seeck Auction.
Marigold LONG THUMBPRINT - 6 inches tall.
Sold for - $115. Seeck Auction.
Faceted Base of LONG THUMBPRINT- 3 & seven-sixteenths in. diam..
Faceted Base of LONG THUMBPRINT- 3 and 7/16 in. diameter.
Amethyst LONG THUMBPRINT-5.5 in. Vase.-$85. Seeck Auction
Amethyst LONG THUMBPRINT - 5.5 inch Vase.
Sold for - $85. Seeck Auction.

LONG THUMBPRINT Vases:  Please note the date on the 1909 Butler Bros. Ad done in the late Frank M. Fenton’s hand! Another comment surrounding these vases: the earlier; and in some cases, carry-over molds from the crystal/opalescent period provide the lovely designs present on the base, such as seen on these JIP vases. It is difficult to capture the beauty seen in the many-faceted design which later molds lack. As the era of iridization  progressed, concentration was placed on the outer design and the majority of the bases were free of design entirely. The marigold vase is 5 7/8” in height……….a real gem and not often seen in this shape!

RUSTIC (Hobnail) (in a squeeze) Ameth. Courtesy Don & Becky Hamlet.
RUSTIC (Hobnail) (in a squeeze) Amethyst.
 Courtesy Don & Becky Hamlet.

RUSTIC (Hobnail) Vase:  This vase was part of a glass display used in a seminar presented by Tom Mordini during the 2010 www.cga Convention held at the Wroda Auction facility in Greenville, OH. He jokingly said: “Another name for this is the Mother-in-Law vase. It got “the squeeze” during the height of a disagreement”.

10 in. FINE RIB Vase within a Wicker Sheath10 in. I.G. FINE RIB-Courtesy Wroda Auctions.
Left - 10 inch FINE RIB Vase within a Wicker Sheath.
Right - 10 inch Ice Green FINE RIB - Courtesy Wroda Auctions.

FINE RIB:  Considered the most commonly found Fenton vase, the “standard” size, having a base of 2 ½”-2 3/4”, and a “larger standard” size with a 3” base, the color range is vast! Amber, amber slag, amber opal, amethyst, amethyst opal, aqua, aqua opal, blue, powder blue, celeste, green, lavender, lime green, lime green opal,  marigold, moonstone, red, sapphire, vaseline and vaseline opal.  Apparently, Fenton supplied the makers of those wicker “surrounds” (during the ‘20s-early ‘30s) with a possible “turn”, to promote their product. An interesting fact: Sizes for these standard Fine Ribs range from 8” to 17”, but it has virtually no bearing on price results. Mid-sizes: Blue, marigold and Vaseline. These have a 3 ¾” base.

PEACOCK GARDEN Vase-$4500. Seeck Auction.
Sold for - $4500. Seeck Auction.

PEACOCK Gardens:  Although this design has been found in “newer” vases of varying colors, some of the marigold examples have sold in the $4,000 range over the years. 8” vases in black amethyst and amethyst are among the “questionable” colors. Reproductions make it difficult to discern the age, especially for unseasoned collectors.

APRIL SHOWERS 11.5 in. Marigold.
APRIL SHOWERS - 11.5 inches in Marigold.

APRIL SHOWERS:  There are squatty vases of 7” or less, found in amethyst, blue, green, marigold and white. Base size is 3 ½” on the squatty types, and the 8”-15” sizes which are found in amethyst, amethyst opal, blue, green, marigold, red, vaseline and white.  Some vases offer the Peacock Tail interior pattern.

11 inch FLUTE Vase in Vaseline.11.5 in.Cobalt  Blue Fenton PANELS Vase-has 6 panels.
Left - 11 inch FLUTE Vase in Vaseline.
Right - 11.5 inch in Cobalt  Blue Fenton PANELS or FLUTE.

FLUTE:  Seen mostly in marigold, these 8”-11” vases having a 2 ½” base size, can also be found in more scarce colors of cobalt blue, smoky blue, green, vaseline, vaseline with marigold overlay, amethyst, red and amber.

Dean & Diane Fry, 11-11

And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations,
a thorn in the flesh was given to me,
a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.
Concerning this think I pleased with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake.
For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)

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