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Cherries, Cherries and MORE Cherries
Cherries, Cherries, and MORE Cherries!

Determining the manufacturer of the various decorated cherry patterns, is only the beginning of the quandary! Beyond that, and with consideration of the fact that Fenton Glass Company employed two dozen or more decorators, the puzzle becomes more complicated. Each of the artists made her own declaration with a paint brush, and more realistically than that: each brush stroke is individually placed. Anyone with a set of six decorated tumblers will admit some variations in each.
Although artists working for Northwood may have attempted using the same basic arrangement of cherries, there may have been a variation in the mould shape used for tumblers, (some having straight sides, while others are flared). Again, each artist applies a somewhat differing stroke!
*With that in mind, we delved into the 1973 edition of Carnival Glass Tumblers by Richard Owens, discovering differences of opinion from those offered in later years by Cecil Whitley in her book on the subject of tumblers.
Opinions and research availability alters stated fact over a period of years. We all tend to make errors. Creation of erasers occurred eons ago for correcting those errors! We have done our best to “untangle” and simplify (erase, if you will), some earlier estimates surrounding these confusing decorated designs. Should you have significant differences of opinion, we would sincerely appreciate hearing from you!

Northwood CHERRIES and LITTLE FLOWERS Water Set in Blue.

CHERRIES and LITTLE FLOWERS (N) Water Set:  Although Fenton made a similarly shaped set, there is a difference in the decorated aspect of each set. Tumblers from Northwood have ground bottoms and are trademarked. Underside of the cobalt blue tumblers is not iridized. The pitcher is 9 ¾” tall x 8 ½” wide, including handle. Tumblers are 3 ¾” high x 2 ¾” in diam. As you compare the differences in paint decoration on this blue set with that of the marigold set found in Decorated Carnival Glass – Part 2  on our 101 site, you may decide that the marigold set was provided by Fenton Glass and their artists.

We believe these to be CHERRIES, N. VARIANT
We believe these to be CHERRIES, Northwood VARIANT.

CHERRIES, Northwood VARIANT:   Enameled tumblers are many and as varied as were the artists and their designs. Many were made by the Northwood Company. A fewer number were made by Fenton. Tumblers in this design measure 3 ¾” high, 2 ¾” at the top, and 2 ¼” at the base. The color is cobalt blue, and the raised circled N appears on the base.

CHERRIES & BLOSSOMS Pitcher by Fenton-Blue
CHERRIES and BLOSSOMS Pitcher by Fenton - Blue.
CHERRIES and BLOSSOMS Tumblers - Blue.

CHERRIES AND BLOSSOMS: Fenton’s #1576 (mold), this enameled water set in the Cannonball design was also used on decorated non-iridescent colored glass. A photo of the set is displayed on page 38, of Fenton Glass -The First Twenty-Five Years, by Wm. Heacock.

CHERRIES -Straight side-left.Green
CHERRIES - Straight side - left.Green.

CHERRIES:   This is the only tumbler found in green among the enameled samples. It’s another cherry variation.  The dimensions are slightly different.  As the picture indicates, there is a greater taper from top to bottom. The tumbler is 3 7/8” high, the top diameter is 3”, and the base measures 2 1/8”. Inside one finds a well iridized, smooth, plain surface.  The base is ground as is usually the case with these.
Based on information from Cecil Whitley, there is a straight-sided tumbler and she mentions red cherries.
(GROUND CHERRIES:)  is found in our DECORATED Carnival Glass – Part 2, listed in the left column of the homepage. There is a full water set displayed, along with detailed information.

CHERRY CHAIN 9 in. Bowl-Blue with familiar Scale Band design.
CHERRY CHAIN 9 in. Bowl - Blue with familiar Scale Band design.

White CHERRY CHAIN 9 in. IC shaped bowl
White CHERRY CHAIN 9 in. IC shaped bowl.

Blue CHERRY CHAIN without the SCALE BAND design
Blue CHERRY CHAIN without the SCALE BAND design.

CHERRY CHAIN:  The bowl without the Scale Band design would have been first. Since it would not have taken long for the smooth background surface to become scratched from cleaning with the wire brush, it is likely the mold was re-worked with the overall design. Orange Tree is the exterior pattern on these 9”-10” and 5”-6” bowls. Green examples are quite scarce, with marigold, blue, clambroth, amethyst, red, white being other available colors in this pattern. 11” chop plates, 6”-6 ½” small plates are also known, with small green and amethyst examples quite rare! Most of the larger size bowls are either ruffled or ice cream shape. An occasional 3/1 edge presents itself. White examples indicate the pattern to have been in production toward the end of the carnival era. This must have been a widely accepted design. Click into SOME INTERESTING CHOP PLATE PATTERNS listed in the left column on our homepage for a look at a pretty white chop plate in Cherry Chain. For a glimpse of the only known IC shaped RED Cherry Chain bowl, click into RED CARNIVAL.
The pattern was re-issued by Fenton, but the appearance of those pieces are more shiny and do not resemble the vintage items.

BIRDS & CHERRIES 10 in, Bowl in Ameth.  Only known chop plate-Ameth
BIRDS and CHERRIES 10 inch Bowl in Amethyst.  Only known chop plate - Amethyst.
BIRDS & CHERRIES BonBon in Green.Scarce Marigold-5.5 in. across
BIRDS and CHERRIES BonBon in Green.Scarce Marigold - 5.5 in. across.

BIRDS and CHERRIES:  The large bowl flattened, creates the chop plate. Aaron Hurst displayed this one and only example during a seminar for ACGA convention in 2011. Back in the ‘80s, while we still lived in San Diego, this plate was owned by the late Don Moore. It was one of his “pride and joys”! He always talked about it in each of the many programs he presented around the Country.
Amethyst, blue, green and marigold are known colors for the handled bonbons in Birds & Cherries pattern. Most are card tray shape. Stemmed compotes in this pattern are found in the same colors. Bowls are scarce and the round shape is rare.

Millersburg BLUE HANGING CHERRIES Butterdish. Courtesy Seeck Auctions
Millersburg BLUE HANGING CHERRIES Butterdish. Courtesy Seeck Auctions

HANGING CHERRIES Butterdish: This “may” be the only known BLUE butterdish. Fewer examples exist in that color than in amethyst, green, or marigold. A complete table set in this Millersburg pattern is scarcely ever seen and difficult to locate, piece by piece.

N. Ameth. PLUMS & CHERRIES  Sugar Base.Courtesy Seeck Auctions
Northwood Amethyst PLUMS and CHERRIES Sugar Base.
Courtesy Seeck Auctions

PLUMS and CHERRIES  Sugar base:  This is one of three known iridized examples in the pattern. Additionally, a tumbler and a spooner in cobalt blue are known. Similar in concept to Northwood’s Cherry & Cable pattern, but with some notable differences.  A band of three lines encircling the piece, replaces the cable. The spray of cherries is identical to those seen on the Cherry & Cable pattern, but with the addition of two plums on the opposite side of the tumbler. All examples display the Northwood trademark. Since two examples of the pattern are found in cobalt blue carnival, a color not believed to have been produced by Northwood until the 1911-1912 timeframe, the limited iridized production of the pattern remains a mystery. (You may click on -- P -- in our homepage alphabet to view the only known tumbler in this pattern.)          

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