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Fenton Hats

Of all the producers of carnival glass, surely Fenton Glass produced more of this hat-type variety than any other! We can assume sales were tremendous, for the various patterns continued in production throughout the later years of the trend into red and white for many designs. Not only could they serve as candy dishes, but made colorful additions to desk tops, and any shelf or table top where a bit of color was needed for sheer enjoyment.

BLACKBERRY SPRAY-Red Opal-6.75 in. top spread.(Right)- Red BLACKBERRY SPRAY sold $350.Seeck Auctions.
(Left) - BLACKBERRY SPRAY - Red Opal - 6.75 in. top spread.
(Right) -  Red BLACKBERRY SPRAY sold $350.Seeck Auctions.
5 in. diam.BLACKBERRY SPRAY - Lime Green Opal.-Left. Reverse Amberina-Right
BLACKBERRY SPRAY - Lime Green Opal.-Left. Reverse Amberina-Right.
Ameth. BLACKBERRY SPRAY-2-sides-up hat
BLACKBERRY SPRAY - 2-sides-up hat - Amethyst.
BLACKBERRY SPRAY VT.-Red & Celeste-6.5 in. diam.
BLACKBERRY SPRAY VT. - Red & Celeste - 6.5 in. diameter.

BLACKBERRY SPRAY:  (Two-sides up): Amber, amberina, amethyst, amethyst opal, aqua, blue, vaseline, green, lavender, marigold, red, celeste.
(Square): Amber, amberina, amethyst, aqua, blue, green, lime green, marigold, red, celeste, vaseline, white. (JIP): Amber, amberina, reverse amberina, amethyst, aqua, aqua opal, blue, green, lime green, marigold, red, celeste, vaseline. (Ruffled & or CRE): Amber, amberina, amberina opal, reverse amberina, reverse amberina opal, amethyst, aqua, aqua opal, blue, blue opal, green, lime green, lavender, red, red opal, celeste, celeste opal, vaseline, white. Ruffled hats are about 3” tall and 6 ¼” diameter. The pattern appeared in Butler Brothers Wholesale Catalogs from 1909-1923.

BLACKBERRY SPRAY VT: This design has only two sprays of berries. (Note: Red and Celeste ruffled examples) Colors known are much the same as those seen in the Blackberry Spray design.

(Left)-BLACKBERRY BANDED in Blue-(Right)-Mgld. over Moonstone
(Left) - BLACKBERRY BANDED in Blue. (Right) - Mgld. over Moonstone.

BLACKBERRY BANDED:  April 1912 through April 1918 Butler Brothers Wholesale Catalogs included ads displaying this hat design among other familiar Fenton patterns. These hats are not plentiful and usually are ruffled/four sides up. Amethyst, blue, green, marigold, marigold over moonstone and white are known colors. Auction records since 1998 indicate Amethyst and White to be rare colors. Since 1998 only 17 are on sales record, making this a much more scarce design than Blackberry Spray.

BRIAR PATCH-Blue. Courtesy Dave Doty
BRIAR PATCH in Blue. Courtesy Dave Doty

BRIAR PATCH:  4/11/13 Dean made a quick pass through a large antique mall, finding a marigold hat marked “Briar Patch”! He thought it looked more like Blackberry Spray Vt., so did not pick it up. Our more than 50 years with C.G., has never provided the opportunity to examine a Briar Patch hat. Research into its extremely rare status reveals that only two blue examples have sold in recent years; one in 2010 and another in 2012. Dave Doty’s auction results indicate that prices in both cases were quite “reasonable”. The late John Resnick would claim this hat to be “another rare-so-what”, in no uncertain terms! Perhaps blue is the only color found in the pattern?
The hat has an octagonal base and the two rows of berries are separated by a stippled/textured band.

Red FERN PANELS-Seeck Auctions-White FERN PANELS Hat-5.75 in. Reichel Auctions
Left - Red FERN PANELS - Seeck Auctions.
Right - White FERN PANELS Ha t - 5.75 in. Reichel Auctions.

FERN PANELS:  Only found on the hat shape, white examples do not appear very often! This is only the third example to surface in 16 years of auctions! Rather square, ruffled, or CRE are known shapes.  Amethyst, blue, green, marigold, marigold on milk glass, red and white are known colors. A pretty marigold Fern Panels can be seen in FENTON GLASS – Part 5.  None of the colors are “plentiful”!

Mgld. FLOWERING DILL Hat with TCRE.(Right)-6 ruffle FLOWERING DILL Hat
Mgld. FLOWERING DILL Hat with TCRE.(Left) - 6 ruffle FLOWERING DILL Hat. (Right)

FLOWERING DILL:  These usually have 4-6 ruffles.  The pattern is found only on this hat shape. Amethyst, blue, marigold, marigold over moonstone, red and vaseline are the colors found.

Mgld. PEPPER PLANT hexagonal base.
Marigold PEPPER PLANT hexagonal base.

PEPPER PLANT:  Collectors refer to the similarities in design to those found in Holly. These hats are found with 6 ruffles, JIP or in square shape. The base is hexagon shape. Occasionally one is found having General Furniture Advertising on the base. Amethyst, blue, green, lavender, marigold and vaseline are known colors.

Dean & Diane Fry, 6-13

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