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Fenton Art Glass

Fenton Art Glass

Brothers Frank L. and John W. Fenton opened The Fenton Art Glass Company as a cutting and decorating shop in July 1905, in Martins Ferry, Ohio. The business began as a decorating shop that used blanks supplied by various glass manufacturing companies. As the firm prospered it became evident to the Fentons that their suppliers either could not or would not meet their increasing demands for more glassware. Therefore, it was an almost inevitable decision that to survive and prosper, they would have to produce their own glass. A decision was made to purchase a site and build a plant in Williamstown, West Virginia. The first glass from the new Fenton Art Glass plant was produced on January, 2, 1907. The first plant manager was Jacob Rosenthal, a seasoned veteran of the glassmaking business. He had learned his skills in over twenty-five years of working at the various glasshouses around the country. He brought with him many secret formulas and his knowledge of color was soon tested by the fledgling Fenton operation. Colored glassware in opalescents, Persian blue, and chocolate was soon pouring from the plant. Upon Jacob's retirement, his son Paul became plant manager and glassware continued to be produced with the same unique formulas. Early glassware included pressed glass pieces in green, crystal, topaz opalescent, blue opalescent, ruby, and amethyst. Iridescent glassware soon became the rage and the Fenton plant produced vast amounts of carnival glass. Patterns were numerous, production expanded, and the company prospered. In 1912, the company was back into the decorating business. By 1918, the volume in the cutting shop peaked and then gradually declined until Fenton finally phased out the cutting operation in the early 1930s. I n 1939, Fenton stepped up production of the No. 289 Hobnail cologne bottle for Wrisley. At times there were as many as 8 to 10 shops making this piece. Production for the regular line of was concentrated on the Spiral patterns in Steigel Blue Opalescent, French Opalescent, Green Opalescent, Blue Ridge and Cranberry. Demand for the patterns and treatments that were popular in the mid-1930's was tapering off. Thus, most of the pieces in the Daisy and Button, Georgian, Lincoln Inn and Plymouth patterns were discontinued. Satin finished patterns were also diminishing in popularity and were phased out. Peach Blo--a cased glass with a gold ruby interior and a milk glass exterior layer--also entered the line for a single year. Although orders for the No. 289 cologne bottle from Wrisley were diminishing by the mid 1940's, Fenton made a major commitment to the future of both opalescent colored glassware and the Hobnail pattern. The 1940 general catalog showcases the introduction of the No. 389 Hobnail line in Blue Opalescent, French Opalescent, Green Opalescent and Cranberry. Crest patterns were also highlighted. Peach Crest spruced up and replaced the original Peach Blo pattern. In 1947, the Coin Dot pattern was added to the regular line in Blue Opalescent, French Opalescent, and Cranberry colors. On the economic front, the boom resulting from the limited competition of the war years was coming to an end. Increased competition from foreign manufacturers resulted in a sharp decrease in orders from domestic retailers. During the early 1950's numerous changes were implemented as the new generation became more familiar with the company's operations. Isaac Willard, a young chemical engineering graduate from the University of Pittsburgh came to Fenton to assume the duties of chief chemist. The sales organization was revamped to eliminate the role of jobbers in the sale of Fenton glassware. From now on only manufacturer's representatives would handle the sales. Manufacturer's representatives are sales specialists who work on sales commissions and usually represent several companies for specialized products. In addition, to spark interest in Fenton glassware, a national advertising campaign was begun. A noteworthy event for 1955 was the production of the first catalog with full color photographs. Milk glass Hobnail became the leading seller as more pieces were added to that line. During the mid 1960's Fenton explored the possibility of entering the lamp business. Previously, Fenton had made lamp parts for many years for numerous companies who then assembled and marketed the finished product. Recently, milk Hobnail lamps had been successfully tested in the Fenton Gift Shop. Also, other test market results indicated a strong possibility that a line of lamps could be successfully marketed. After this short but successful test marketing period, Fenton began production with an initial offering of 18 lamps. Lamp patterns included Rose, Poppy and a large Coin Dot style that Fenton dubbed Thumbprint. Fenton ventured into the 1970's with a brightly iridized new line of wares. This reintroduction of Carnival Glass was the first small step in the development of a major new line of glassware. These new pieces were marked with an embossed Fenton logo and all came complete with a descriptive tag attached. The first in a series of annual Carnival Glass collectible plates in the Craftsman series appeared in the January catalog supplement. Fenton began the process of affixing a molded identifying logo onto the bottom of each piece. Moulds were modified as time permitted and the process of incorporating the logo into all the moulds was completed by 1974. Also, during the mid 1970's with Louise Piper at the helm of the decorating department, lines of hand painted glassware had been steadily expanding and maturing. New decorations were developed and implemented and individual artists also began to include their signatures on their work. Production of popular hand painted glassware continued until the plant closed in the first decade of the 21rst Century.

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  1. Czechoslovakian Ruby Red Satin and Lead Crystal Nude Perfume / Cologne

    Czechoslovakian Ruby Red Satin and Lead Crystal Nude Perfume / Cologne

    NEW Undamaged Condition without chips, cracks, or mold damage. The bottom is ground and polished. The bottle is crystal and the stopper is Ruby satin. This cologne bottle is one of the most beautiful ones we have ever owned. It was produced in the Czech Republic and is an early 2000 reissue of an original old bottle. It is sold with its original box which we show. Learn More
    $399.99
  2. Fenton French Opalescent #950 -11" Oval Bowl and Cornucopia Candlesticks - SCARCE

    Fenton French Opalescent #950 -11" Oval Bowl and Cornucopia Candlesticks - SCARCE

    Company Maker: The Fenton Art Glass Company - Item: #950 -11" Oval Bowl and Cornucopia Candlesticks - Color: French Opalescent - Marks: Not Marked- Fenton did not mark their glassware until 1970 - Production Date: Mid 1930s - 1939 - Condition: This lovely console set was produce from the mid 1930s until the early 1940s. It is a scarce set to find in French Opalescent. This lovely #950 oval bowl and candlesticks are in UNDAMAGED CONDITION without chips or cracks. The set is free of disfiguring mold imperfections. The color is really fabulous --- lots of opalescence, which you can see from our photo. Learn More
    $189.99
  3. Fenton Rosalene 2 Piece #8406 Owl Fairy Light / Lamp

    Fenton Rosalene 2 Piece #8406 Owl Fairy Light / Lamp

    Company Maker: The Fenton Art Glass Company - Item: #8406 Fairy Light / Lamp - Color: Rosalene - Marks: The large oval Fenton logo on the base (please see photo provided) - Circa: 1976 - 1978 - Description / About: #8406 Fairy Light / Lamp: 7" H. - 3 1/2" W. - Condition: Undamaged Condition Like New, Great Color. Super nice Learn More
    $54.99
  4. Fenton Dot Optic / Coin Spot Green Opalescent 12" Bowl

    Fenton Dot Optic / Coin Spot Green Opalescent 12" Bowl

    Company Maker: The Fenton Art Glass Company - Pattern: Dot Optic (Coin Spot) - Item: #1522 Large Crimped Bowl - Color: Green Opalescent - Production Dates: 1939 - Description /About: #1522 Large Crimped Bowl -3 1/2" H. -- 12" W. - Item Condition: Undamaged Condition without chips, cracks, or mold damage. The color is beautiful. The shape is great. The crimping is well done. This bowl made in the early 1930s was made for a very short time. Dot Optic / Coin Spot in Green Opalescent (with the exception of the Pitcher) is not easily found. Bowls this large are seldom found. Learn More
    $189.99
  5. Fenton Hobnail Topaz Opalescent Scarce #3705 RARE Hanging Bowl

    Fenton Hobnail Topaz Opalescent Scarce #3705 RARE Hanging Bowl

    Company Maker: The Fenton Art Glass Company - Pattern: Hobnail - Item: No. 3705 Hanging Flower Bowl / Basket - Color: Topaz Opalescent - Production Dates: July 1959 - 1960 - Description / About: No. 3705 RARE Hanging Flower Bowl / Basket: 11" D. - 22" Tall with the chain - 3" Tall without the chain - Item Condition: Undamaged Condition without chips or cracks. All the hobs on this piece have been checked. This is an extremely hard to find item. It was only made 6 months before it was discontinued. The opalescence and shape are outstanding. There is no sickness or residue inside the bowl. It looks unused. You will love adding this hard to find hanging bowl to your Hobnail collection. Learn More
    $429.99
  6. Fenton Velva Rose Dolphin #1608 10" Deep Oval Footed Bowl

    Fenton Velva Rose Dolphin #1608 10" Deep Oval Footed Bowl

    Company Maker: The Fenton Art Glass Company - Pattern: #1533 Dolphin - Item: #1608 Deep Oval Footed Bowl - Color: Velva Rose - Circa: 1926-1928 - Condition: Stunning! This deep oval footed Console Bowl is hard to find in the Velva Rose (pink) Stretch Glass color. It is in Undamaged Condition without chips, cracks, or mold damage. It has a great look and is large enough to use for displaying or serving. The bowl was gently used --- we cannot see any damage. Fenton produced Velva Rose from 1926-1928 and we guarantee this unusual bowl to be original Fenton Glass from this time period. Learn More
    $179.99
  7. Fenton Aqua Crest #184 - 10"  Tri Crimped Vase

    Fenton Aqua Crest #184 - 10" Tri Crimped Vase

    Company Maker: The Fenton Art Glass Company - Pattern: Aqua Crest - Item: #184 Tri Crimped Vase, 10" (The tri-crimping is unusual and was only done until 1943) - Circa: 1941 - 1943 - Description /About: 11" Vase - 11" H. - 7 1/2" W. - Item Condition: Undamaged Condition without chips, cracks, or mold damage. The color is beautiful. The crimping is nice and even and the color is a really good aqua blue. The vases with the tri-crimping are unusual. A great find for an Aqua Crest collector. Learn More
    $99.99
  8. Fenton Hobnail Plum Opalescent  #3758 Medium Swung Vase

    Fenton Hobnail Plum Opalescent #3758 Medium Swung Vase

    Company Maker: The Fenton Art Glass Company - Pattern: Hobnail - Item: #3758 Swung Vase - Color: Plum Opalescent Production Dates: July 1959 -July 1960 - Measurement: 13" H. - 3 1/2" W. Note: These vases range between 10" and 12" tall depending on how the handler stretched them. - Condition: Undamaged Condition without chips, cracks, or mold damage. All the hobs on this piece have been checked. Beautiful Form. Beautiful Color! Learn More
    $129.99
  9. Fenton Royal Blue (Cobalt) #1621-E 9" Dolphin Handled Bowl

    Fenton Royal Blue (Cobalt) #1621-E 9" Dolphin Handled Bowl

    Company Maker: The Fenton Art Glass Company - Pattern: Pattern: Dolphin with Etch - Color: Cobalt (Royal Blue) - Circa: 1936 - 1938 - Marks on Metal Insert: "Keystoneware Chrome Plated" on the base of the holder. - Measurement: 1621-E 9" Square Cut Dolphin Handled Bowl with Metal Holder - Item Condition: This is a really hard to find bowl! Our gorgeous Royal Blue (cobalt) Fenton #1621-E- 9" square crimped Dolphin Bowl is in Undamaged Condition without chips, cracks, or mold damage. The bowl itself looks unused. The metal holder is scratched on the inside where the bowl base fits. It is still shiny, but does have wear. The scratching on the metal frame is under the bowl, but it is still there and we want you to be aware of it. The metal is marked Keystone Wear. Our lovely bowl is guaranteed to be original Fenton from circa 1936. Learn More
    $129.99
  10. Fenton QVC Designer Series Cobalt Blue Jug with Tulips Bill Fenton Signature

    Fenton QVC Designer Series Cobalt Blue Jug with Tulips Bill Fenton Signature

    Company Maker: The Fenton Art Glass Company - Company Owner / Distributor: QVC - Item:QVC #CV369 K5 Cobalt Blue Bill Fenton Designer Series Jug with Floral Tulip Design - Pattern: Tulips - Series / Collection: Designer Series - Color: Cobalt Blue with Bright Yellow and While Floral Design. Green Foliage. - Signature: Signed by Fenton family member Bill Fenton. The Fenton Logo with: "Designed by Stacy Williams - Designer Series Bill Fenton Handpainted by VL Anderson" on the base. Please see the photo of the bottom provided. - Circa: 2001 Measurement: 5 1/4" H. 5 1/2" W. - Item Condition: We are happy to feature a beautiful Fenton QVC Designer Series Cobalt Blue Jug with a striking modern "Tulip" Decoration which was designed by Stacy Williams. This charming jug is in like new, Undamaged Condition without chips, cracks, or mold damage. The Tulip Decoration was hand painted by VL Anderson. It has the Fenton Silver Paper Logo and Fenton Logo on the bottom. Learn More
    $69.99

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