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Fenton - Part 33

Very scarce Amethyst VINTAGE Compote. 6.5 in. tall x 6.5 in. diam. Courtesy Darcy Moses
Very scarce Amethyst VINTAGE Compote.
6.5 in. tall x 6.5 in. diam. Courtesy Darcy Moses
VINTAGE Goblet in Marigold.
VINTAGE Goblet in Marigold.

This is the blank mould for VINTAGE compotes-6.5 in. tall x 6.5 in. across opening.
This is the blank mould for VINTAGE compotes.
6.5 in. tall x 6.5 in. across opening.

VINTAGE Compote & Goblet:  Business-minded/clever manufacturers find more than one way to utilize a mould, as in the case of Fenton’s use of a single mould to create what are now known to be six entities from this mould. As seen in our FENTON - PART 7  segment, the 1910 Santa Claus Edition of Butler Brothers Catalog, both Vintage and Iris ruffled compotes were available in Amethyst, Blue, Green and Marigold.
The basic mould used for both those interior patterns is referred to as the Buttermilk Goblet, or when ruffled, it becomes a compote without pattern inserted. Having no pattern inside or out, it is cupped just as a goblet. Amethyst, green and marigold examples are known and scarce in quantity. You may see examples in each color when you check into Fenton - Part 7.

VINTAGE with 3 and 1 crimp-Aqua Opal - 8.25 in. diam..
VINTAGE with 3 and 1 crimp - Aqua Opal - 8.25 inch diameter.

VINTAGE BOWL:  All carnival glass producers expounded on the vintage pattern. This aqua opal example is quite attractive.

Mfgd. as a plate-now a Blue HOLLY Rosebowl. $60. 11-12 Seeck Auction.
Manufactured as a plate - Now a Blue HOLLY Rosebowl.
Sold for $60. in November 2012 - Seeck Auction.

HOLLY -  Rosebowl??—REALLY??:  Shall we begin with a little rationale? Please compare the dull outer surface with that seen on the exterior of the blue Holly plate. NO comparison. What is seen on the plate is the factory-type-finish produced by Fenton. WHY is the outer surface of the “rosebowl” dull, lacking the finesse of “Iridescence IS the Essence”? Very simple!...........Reheating a former Holly plate with a blowtorch to “create” such an ugly distortion not only eliminated a perfectly fine 9” plate; it relates the extent to which human nature will go to defraud and confuse “rationale” and logic! We watched the purchase of this “fraud”, and what followed was comical! The buyer attempted to “shine it up” by rubbing it against his pants!!! LOL! Glass having had any vestiges of former iridescence scorched off, never again will offer the Essence of “shine”! A possible $150. plate has been reduced to an ugly $60. DISTORTION!  A possible half dozen are known to “be out there”! BE WISE!
NOTE:    Fenton produced blue opal Diamond & Rib vases as Souvenirs for one of our San Diego/Southern Cal. Club Conventions in the early ‘90s. Frank told us there were more REJECTS piled up for the DUMP than were APPROVED for use in filling our ORDER! A second batch had to be produced in order to provide the number required to fill the order!.........NOW! Do you understand that these BLOBS of ugly/distorted ……….so-called “whimsey” your hard-earned money is THROWN at, did NOT come from the factory!?? Fenton Glass would never have continued in the business world had they insisted upon filling orders with these ridiculous distortions!

Blue HOLLY Plate Only the reverse is iridized.Courtesy Jerry & Carol Curtis
Blue HOLLY Plate Only the reverse is iridized.
Courtesy Jerry & Carol Curtis.

HOLLY Plate (Un-iridized face):  Apparently there was a market for such, unless the few such examples found over the years, indicate samples provided to one of their salesmen in a given area where the possibility of this combination might be acceptable to dealers?  We do know that much of the red Fenton has been found in western Canada and the Pacific N.W. Many ice blue examples have come from Australia, etc. Reports of other patterns displaying this deviation: Dragon & Lotus, Leaf Chain, and Stag & Holly.  None of the examples are seen with frequency.

Green HOLLY Hat - Courtesy Gar & Diana Lawrence.1910 design.
Green HOLLY Hat - 1910 design. - Courtesy Gar & Diana Lawrence.
HOLLY Hat - Mgld. on Moonstone
HOLLY Hat - Marigold on Moonstone.

HOLLY Hat:  “Hat” is the name given these pieces by collectors. Some of the old catalog ads refer to them as “crimped vase”. The green Holly hat provided by Gar and Diana Lawrence dates to 1910, and was included in “VENETIAN ART” Iridescent Asst. The marigold example is the style referred to as “crimpled vase”. These date from 1911-1918.

Pow. Blue HOLLY -  Courtesy Seeck Auctions
Powder Blue HOLLY -  Courtesy Seeck Auctions.
Blue Opal HOLLY-9 in.$1100. Courtesy Seeck Auctions
Blue Opal HOLLY - 9 inch plate. Sold for $1100.
Courtesy Seeck Auctions
9 in.- Amber Opal HOLLY Bowl-Courtesy Remmen Auctions.
Amber Opal HOLLY Bowl - 9 inch.
Courtesy Remmen Auctions.

HOLLY Bowls: Holly was included in the 1911 pattern range and remained a favorite seller throughout later years. The fact that so many variations in color were marketed, attests to its popularity among buyers.

RIB & HOLLY SPRIG Compote-Aqua & Powder Blue.
RIB and HOLLY SPRIG Compote - Aqua and Powder Blue.

RIB & HOLLY SPRIG Compote:  This design remained in Fenton production well into the Depression era -1925 and beyond.

Dean & Diane Fry – 1/13

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.
And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”
And the woman said to the serpent, “we may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;
but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said,
‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”
Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.
For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened,  
and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes,
and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate.
She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened,
and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.
(Genesis 3:1-7)

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