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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. Fenton LG Wright Daisy & Fern Blue Opalescent Tankard Pitcher and 6 Tumblers

    Fenton LG Wright Daisy & Fern Blue Opalescent Tankard Pitcher and 6 Tumblers

    Company Owner / Distributor: L. G. Wright - Pattern: Fern (Daisy and Fern) - Item: Tankard Jug / Pitcher and 6 Tumblers - Color: Blue Opalescent - Circa: 1950s. - Jug Measurement: Daisy and Fern Blue Opalescent Tankard Pitcher / Jug: 10" H. - 6 1/2" W. - Tumbler Measurement: Daisy and Fern Blue Opalescent Tumbler: 3 3/4" H. - 2 7/8" W. - Condition: We are pleased to offer for sale a stunning Fenton Blue Opalescent Daisy and Fern Large Tankard Jug / Pitcher. The Fenton Art Glass Company. made this lovely pitcher set for L.G. Wright who sold it under the L.G. Wright name. This fabulous set is in Undamaged Condition without chips, cracks, or mold damage. The opalescence on the jug and tumblers is outstanding. The handle on this pitcher was applied flawlessly. Learn More
    $289.99
  2. Fenton Colonial Amber #5197 Happiness Bird  - Deep Color

    Fenton Colonial Amber #5197 Happiness Bird - Deep Color

    Company Maker: The Fenton Art Glass Company - Item: #5197 Happiness Bird Figure - Color: Colonial Amber - Condition: Undamaged Condition Like New, Great Color - Circa: 1969 - 1987 - Measurement: Happiness Bird: 4 3/4" H. - 6 1/2" L. Learn More
    $18.99
  3. 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
  4. Fenton / Wright Peach Blow Large Pitcher / Jug

    Fenton / Wright Peach Blow Large Pitcher / Jug

    Company Maker: The Fenton Art Glass Company - Company Owner / Distributor: L.G. Wright - Pattern / Decoration: Peach Blow - Circa: 1960s and 70s - Color: Shiney White Body with Fenton Dark Peach Blow interior - Measurement: 8 3/4" H. - 7 1/2" W. Condition: Our beautiful Peach Blow large pitcher / jug is in Undamaged Condition without chips, cracks, or mold damage. The handle has been flawlessly applied and the cranberry interior is nice and deep. The pitcher is well formed and the crimping is even. Since Fenton only made this jug for L.G. Wright and did not include a large one in their regular line, this makes it the perfect pitcher to add to your collection of Fenton's Peach Blow. This beautiful Peach Blow Jug was sold by L.G. Wright in the 1960s and 70s. Learn More
    $249.99
  5. Fenton Scenic Hand Painted Burmese #7411 Large Student Lamp

    Fenton Scenic Hand Painted Burmese #7411 Large Student Lamp

    Company Maker: The Fenton Art Glass Company - Item: Scenic #7411 DB Student Lamp - Color: Burmese with Hand Painted Woods and Mountains Scene. - Signature: "Hand Painted by Connie Cash" - Circa: 1974 - Description / About: Scenic Burmese #7411 DB Student Lamp: 20 3/4" H. - 10 3/4" W. - Condition: Our beautiful Scenic Burmese large 21" lamp was produced by The Fenton Art Glass Company in the 1970s. The colors are striking. The brass fixtures may have dulled slightly from age, but they are in excellent condition. Overall the lamp is in Undamaged Condition without chips, cracks, or mold damage. The hand painting is spectacular. The lamp has a three way switch and is in good working condition. Only the top lights up. It is signed, dated, and numbered. Learn More
    $429.99
  6. Fenton Dark Aqua Crest #192 - 5 1/2" Large Squat Cologne and Stopper - RARE SIZE

    Fenton Dark Aqua Crest #192 - 5 1/2" Large Squat Cologne and Stopper - RARE SIZE

    Company Maker: The Fenton Art Glass Company - Pattern: Aqua Crest - Item: #192 - 5 1/2" Squat Cologne and Stopper - Circa: 1941 - 1943 - Measurement: #192 Squat Cologne and Stopper - 5 1/2” H. - 4" W. - Item Condition: Undamaged Condition without chips, cracks, or mold damage. The color is beautiful. The stopper is intact and has all of its hobs. The crimping is nice and even. This size bottle with the Hobnail stopper is very hard to find. There is a smaller size, that is also not easy to find, but it is more common than this piece. We have included a photo of this cologne and a smaller size cologne in Gold Crest. This photo is shown so that you can see a comparison of the difference in size. The Gold Crest bottle is not for sale in this listing. Learn More
    $79.99
  7. Fenton Hobnail Blue Opalescent #3946 - 16 ounce Lemonade Tumbler SCARCE

    Fenton Hobnail Blue Opalescent #3946 - 16 ounce Lemonade Tumbler SCARCE

    Company Maker: The Fenton Art Glass Company - Pattern: Hobnail - Item: #3946 - 16 ounce Lemonade Tumbler - Color: Blue Opalescent - Production Dates: 1940 - 1955 - Measurement: 6" H - 3 1/4" W. - Item Condition: We are pleased to offer for sale a pretty Fenton Blue Opalescent Hobnail #3946 - 16 ounce Lemonade Tumbler. This tumbler is in Undamaged Condition without chips, cracks, or mold damage. The color is outstanding. We have multiples of this tumbler (check our listing for the quantity still available). All are in the same Undamaged Condition as the one pictured. This tumbler was made by Fenton from 1940 to 1955. For some reason there are very few of these tumblers found today. If you collect Blue Opalescent Hobnail, there is a very good chance that you may need this rarely found tumbler. We have a photo shown that pictures all four flat tumbler sizes. This is for educational purposes only. The other tumblers are not for sale in this listing. Learn More
    $89.99
  8. Fenton Aqua Crest 1923-6" Hat Vase with Unusual Tulip Crimp

    Fenton Aqua Crest 1923-6" Hat Vase with Unusual Tulip Crimp

    Company Maker: The Fenton Art Glass Company Pattern: Aqua Crest Item: 1923 - 6" Hat Vase with Unusual Tulip Crimp Circa: 1941 - 1943 Measurements: 5” H. - 6 1/4" W. Item Condition: Undamaged Condition without chips, cracks, or mold damage. The color is beautiful. The crimping is nice and evenly done. This vase came in a 5 inch and a 6 inch size. This is the larger one and is not as easily found as the 5" vase. Learn More
    $59.99
  9. Fenton Spiral Optic #1920 - 12" RARE Hat Vase

    Fenton Spiral Optic #1920 - 12" RARE Hat Vase

    Company Maker: The Fenton Art Glass Company - Pattern: Spiral Optic - Item: #1920 - 12" Hat Vase (huge) - Color: Green with White Opal Swirls - Production Dates: 1939 (rare) - Description /About: Large Hat Vase - 7 1/2" H. - 11 3/4" W. - Item Condition: Undamaged Condition without chips, cracks, or mold damage. The color is beautiful. This is the largest hat vase from this time period that I have ever owned. This is the 12" (actual 11 3/4") vase. Our vase has a rather large bubble in the base (common in an item this size), but we report everything. Slight scratching can be seem on the bottom of the vase. This is an early 1939 vase. There are newer vases in Spiral Optic that were made for Rosso. The new vases are heavy and awkward looking in comparison to the old vases. The color of the old vase is just stunning --- again, it is much prettier than the color of the newer vases, which are a deep almost forest green color with swirls. WE GUARANTEE THIS VASE TO BE AN EARLY 1939 VASE MADE BY The Fenton Art Glass Company. Learn More
    $329.99
  10.  Fenton Apple Blossom Crest #7271 Candleholders

    Fenton Apple Blossom Crest #7271 Candleholders

    Company Maker: The Fenton Art Glass Company - Item: #7271 Candlesticks / Candleholders - Pattern: Apple Blossom Crest - Color: WMG with an Opaque Pink Crest - Production Date: 1960 - 1961 - Mark: Unsigned -- Fenton items made prior to the 1970s were not marked with an embossed logo. - Measurement: #7271 Candlesticks / Candleholders: 3" H. - 4 3/4" W. - Condition: The Fenton Art Glass Company produced this lovely set of Apple Blossom candlesticks. They were listed in Fenton's General Catalog as Apple Blossom Crest #7271 candleholders. This lovely set of candlesticks is in Undamaged Condition without chips, cracks, or mold damage. The crimping on this candlestick set is beautiful and the opaque pink crest is awesome. Learn More
    $129.99

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