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Fenton Asst., Mid-Spring 1909
Fenton Assortment - Mid-Spring 1909.
1909 Butler Bros. Top-SMOOTH RAYS - Bottom-STIPPPLED RAYS
1909 Butler Bros. Top - SMOOTH RAYS

Both of the Rays patterns were produced early-on in the era of iridized glassware. The patterns are simple and utilitarian, intended for daily use, we believe. As with most patterns, when production began, the basic colors were marigold, blue, green and amethyst. Acceptance and demand increased the color line over time.

1911 Fenton SMOOTH RAYS Stemmed Rose Bowl & Compote-Green-Courtesy Remmen Auctions.
1911 Fenton SMOOTH RAYS Stemmed Rose Bowl & Compote in Green.
Courtesy Remmen Auctions.
Mgld. SMOOTH RAYS Compote 5.25 in. diameter flare.
Marigold SMOOTH RAYS Compote 5.25 in. diameter flare.
Fenton Ameth. SMOOTH RAYS bonbon-7 in. diam.STIPPLED RAYS-7.25 in. wide.Green
Left - Fenton Amethyst SMOOTH RAYS bonbon - 7 in. diameter.
Right - STIPPLED RAYS-7.25 in. wide.Green
Aqua STIPPLED RAYS-7.25 in. Green- SMOOTH RAYS-7 & 3 eighths diam.
Aqua STIPPLED RAYS - 7.25 inch Green and SMOOTH RAYS -7 3/8 inch.

SMOOTH RAYS:  7”- 9” bowls, along with 5” – 6” bowls are occasionally found in lime green. 6” – 7” plates, bon-bons,  a 5 ¼” compote and a stemmed rosebowl are shapes known in this pattern.

Fenton STIPPLED RAYS Compote in Marigold.
Courtesy Tony Piazza
Fenton STIPPLED RAYS Compote-4.25 in. high-18 scallops-Blue
Fenton STIPPLED RAYS Compote - 4.25 in. high - 18 scallops - Blue.

STIPPLED RAYS Compote: The blue compote had been in the Rinehart collection for some 50 years when we purchased it at the Nov. 2011 Wroda Auction. Noting its rayed interior AND exterior, as well as the difference in the stem shape, from the “usual” compote stem, we have decided that this was a “sample”, which apparently was never placed into production. We have not seen another. We welcome our viewers’ research and comments.

6 in. Reverse Amberina in. STIPPLED RAYS.7.5 in.-Ameth. SMOOTH RAYS
6 inch Reverse Amberina - STIPPLED RAYS.
7.5 inch - Amethyst -  SMOOTH RAYS.
Fenton Green STIPPLED RAYS Compote-4.5 in. tall-5&7-8ths top diam. Amber SMOOTH RAYS-4.73 in. tall x 6 in. wide
Fenton Green STIPPLED RAYS Compote - 4.5 in. tall - 5 7/8 top diameter.
 Amber SMOOTH RAYS - 4.73 in. tall x 6 in. wide.
Lime Green & Red STIPPLED RAYS Open Sugar sold for $250.
Lime Green & Red STIPPLED RAYS Open Sugar sold for $250.
Green STIPPLED RAYS Creamer.
Fenton 9.5 in. STIPPLED RAYS Bowl & 7 in. STIPPLED RAYS Plate-Mgld.
Fenton 9.5 in. STIPPLED RAYS Bowl & 7 in. STIPPLED RAYS Plate in Marigold.

STIPPLED RAYS:  Bon-bons: Marigold, blue, amethyst and green, rare Vaseline.  Compotes: Basic colors and some in celeste, ice green and Vaseline; 9 ½” bowls found in basic colors, (some having Scale Band exterior) in red, amberina, reverse amberina, aqua; rosebowl; Basic colors found in  6” – 7” plates; breakfast sets, which were apparently manufactured with both clear glass and iridized handles/bases. (Those pieces have 22 top scallops); 7 piece berry sets. Note: A couple of green Stippled Rays breakfast creamers have sold at auction since 2003, but no green sugars are on record. A rare-so-what for sure! The creamer which sold in 2008 brought $35.
The fact that this pattern extended into the late period when red was in favor, indicates the overall acceptability of the design. Should you care to view a lovely red 6” IC shaped sauce, just click into RED CARNIVAL segment from our homepage. If you click into ---S--- in our pattern alphabet, you will be taken to view a number of Fenton Stippled Rays examples.

Dean & Diane Fry, 4-12
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(Proverbs 4:10-19)

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