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Fenton Exterior Patterns
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Many collectors pay little attention to the “base mould” or exterior designs. Closer examination, in most cases, reveal some elaborate designing!

CHERRY CHAIN, BUTTERFLY & BERRY, COMET-April 1912 Butler Bros. Catalog.
CHERRY CHAIN, BUTTERFLY & BERRY, COMET-April 1912 Butler Bros. Catalog.
10 in. BUTTERFLY & BERRY-Ameth
BUTTERFLY and BERRY in Amethyst - 10 inch.

BUTTERFLY & BERRY:  Given #1124, this berry set pattern was produced primarily in blue and marigold; found less often in green and amethyst. White and chocolate glass bowls are rare! Three additional interior patterns are accented with this exterior: PANTHER, HEARTS & TREES and COMET or FANTAIL

COMET  or  FAN-TAIL:  Found Blue, green, marigold and white. Note the appearance of shorter legs than seen on Butterfly & Berry bowls. Perhaps when the Fan-Tail interior mould was pressed onto the base mould, pressure caused the sides to drop slightly??

Green Dragon and Strawberry.

DRAGON & STRAWBERRY:  These 9-91/2” bowls can be collar-based or spatula footed. There are fewer examples of this design than Dragon & Lotus, with more limited range of colors. Ruffled and ice cream shapes are available in amethyst, blue, green and marigold. There is at least one known example lacking dragons; called “Absentee Dragon and Berry.”

Dragon’s Tongue in Marigold.

DRAGON’S TONGUE:  Rarely found, and only in 10 ½”-11” bowl shape; you can plan on paying more than $1,000 for an ice cream-shaped bowl.
The pattern was applied to iridescent glass shades made by Fenton in 1914.

Mgld. WATERLILY Chop Plate
Water Lily Chop Plate in Marigold.

WATER LILY:  (also called Lotus & Poinsettia): Circa 1915, these footed bowls are found in 5-6” and 9-10” sizes. (An “occasional” collar-based bowl is found.) There is also a marigold bonbon known in the pattern. The larger bowl is considered scarce in known colors of amethyst, blue, green, marigold, teal and Vaseline. A  few red examples are known!..........The smaller bowls are known in amber, amber slag, aqua, blue green, lime green opal, marigold, red, reverse amberina, reverse amberina opal and Vaseline.    

White LITTLE FISHES-Straw marks within the marie-no cracks!.
White LITTLE FISHES - Straw marks within the marie-no cracks!

LITTLE FISHES: A circa 1915 design, given #1607, these 9”-10” bowls and sauce sizes 5-6” were produced into the early 1920’s. Large bowls can be ruffled or ice cream shape. Blue and marigold, along with a single ice green example which sold in 1995 for $7500, along with two ice cream shaped white bowls, one of which is cracked, comprise the known colors in the 9-10” range. A single marigold chop plate is known.  5-6” sauces are found in amethyst, aqua, blue, celeste and marigold. Our white example, purchased from the late Don Moore collection is quite “frosty”, along with having colorful iridescence!
Fenton Grape and Cable in Marigold.

GRAPE and CABLE: These orange bowls are circa 1911. It is Fenton’s #920 and found having Persian Medallion interior design or the more rare “Compliments of Pacific Coast Mail Order House---Los Angeles”. Persian Medallion interior bowls are found in amethyst, blue, green and marigold. The advertising bowls are known in amethyst, blue, and green.

Peacock at the Urn.

PEACOCK @ URN:  The Fenton version of this pattern offers the sawtooth edge and the Bearded Berry exterior. There are 9” bowls in either ruffled, ice cream shape or 3/1 edge. 9” flat plates are favorites. (This Fenton bird has more of a stiff neck than some from other manufacturers.)
The basic colors, along with aqua, persian blue, marigold over moonstone, olive green, red and Vaseline examples are more rare!

Green IC shape ORANGE TREE Fruit Bowl
Green IC Orange Tree Fruit Bowl.

ORANGE TREE:  The 10” size fruit or orange bowl has scroll feet. A centerpiece “whimsey” bowl in amethyst is known. The typical fruit bowl is known in amethyst, blue, marigold and green.

Mgld. HORSEHEAD Bowl with Vaseline feet
Marigold HORSEHEAD Bowl with Vaseline feet.

HORSEHEAD:   Nutbowl, rose bowl, and jack-in-the-pulpit shaped bowls are all footed. Amber, amethyst, blue, celeste blue, green, marigold, red, red slag, smoke and Vaseline are known colors.

Left-Blue 9 in. CHERRY CHAIN Bowl. Right- 10 in. ROSE TREE Bowl.
Left - Blue 9 in. CHERRY CHAIN Bowl. Right - 10 in. ROSE TREE Bowl.

CHERRY CHAIN:  Orange Tree exterior pattern is found on the large 9-10” and small sauce bowls, as well as the 11” chop plates and the 6-6 ½” small plates.  Blue, clambroth, green, marigold, vaseline, amethyst, and white are colors known.
ROSE TREE:  This exquisite work of art is extremely scarce. It offers the Orange Tree exterior and can be ruffled or ice cream shape. Blue and marigold are the only known colors. Attesting to their extreme rarity, the two most recent examples to sell at auction brought results of $29,000 and $33,000!

Dean & Diane Fry,  Sept. 2014

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door,
but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice;
and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them,
and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.
Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him,
for they do not know the voice of strangers.”
Jesus used this illustration,
 but they did not understand the things which he spoke to them.
Then Jesus said to them again,
“Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.
All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers,
 but the sheep did not hear them.
I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved,
and will go in and out and find pasture.
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.  
I have come that they may have life,
and that they may have it more abundantly.”
(John 10:1-10)
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