This page is designed to complement The Fenton FlyerThe Fenton Flyer is printed in black and white, with color highlights on several pages, but without full color photos.  We hope the members of the NFGS enjoy viewing the photos in color, and the visitors to the NFGS website enjoy them and are curious to learn more about the articles they represent.  To learn more about the NFGS, or to join, please visit the Membership page by clicking on the title in the panel on the left or on the bottom of this page.

NFGS dues for the 2015 membership year are due January 1, 2015.  All current members received an insert with the November/December issue of The Fenton Flyer, which you may fill out and return to the NFGS office.  To avoid the 4% administrative charge for card usage, please include a check.  Members renewing, or those joining, then have the option of purchasing our annual mice.  This year we are offering a Cobalt/Milk Glass Slag for $29 and a satinized Aubergine for $25.  They are limited to one of each per household (Primary member) for the

2015 membership year, on a first come, first serve basis.  The quantities are limited.

For your convenience, there is a PDF Icon of the renewal form at the bottom of this page. 

Missed issues of The Fenton Flyer may be purchased from the NFGS office for $2 per issue.

If you are a visitor to this page, and wish to become a member of the NFGS please visit the Membership page.


NFGS Annual Mice for 2015

By Sharon Fenner

Once again the NFGS is offering two annual mice.  First is the Cobalt and Milk Glass slag which is available for $29.  Next is the satinized Aubergine mouse available for $25.  These are available only to members renewing for the 2015 membership year, limited to one of each per household (Primary member), on a first come, first serve basis.  There is no choice regarding the slag mouse, but I'm sure you will be pleased.  As you can see in the pictures below, each is a one-of-a-kind!!  Quantities are limited - renew early to ensure receiving your 2015 annual mice.  Renewals will be accepted immediately.  

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Final Reminder:  Don't Let This Be Your Last Issue

By Sharon Fenner

Dues for all members are due January 1.  If you are uncertain whether or not you have paid your dues, please check the address label on the mailing envelope of this issue.  If on the top line it has your membership number and 01/2016 your membership has been renewed for 2015.  If it has your membership number and 01/2015, please send in your dues.  If your dues are received before February 1 you will be on the mailing list for the March/April issue.    




Are you looking for the perfect gift for your Fenton collecting friend?  How about a membership to the NFGS for 2015?  One size fits all!  They will be reminded of your thoughtfulness six times next year as they glean collecting information from The Fenton Flyer!  A card will be sent from the NFGS office informing them of your awesome gift.

For your convenience, there is a PDF Icon of the renewal form at the bottom of this page.  You may use that form for this as well. 


Antique Shop Oddities - Funny and Sad

By Anne Blackmore

At right is a non-Fenton crystal satin bowl with and aquatic theme design.  The price tag conveys the owner thought it was "something good".

Below is an Aquamaring Sheffield 10-inch bowl covered with cobwebs.





May your holidays be

bright and beautiful, while

filled with warmth and love.

May your new year be

healthy, happy and

full of great Fenton finds!


Who Is the Goddess of the Harvest?

By Anne Blackmore


While researching glass made by another company, the author discovered the very interesting history of this design.  John Fenton created this design while working at the Fenton Art Glass Company.  Read all about it in the January/February issue of The Fenton Flyer


Is Convention really for You?  Yes!  It is for Everyone.  Our Editor shares the many reasons to make plans to join in the fun in Marietta!


Just 'Cuz it Says Fenton...

By Anne Blackmore

Right:  Grape and Cable Covered Biscuit Jar by Northwood.  The "Circle N" logo is on the inside bottom of the jar.

Below left:  English Hobnail Candlestick, made by Brooke Glass in jade.

Below right:  Anchor Hocking 9-1/2 inch Hobnail Vase, easily distinguished from Fenton hobnail by its "long" hobs.  

The author shares much information to aid in determining the maker of the glass shown.  If you know your Fenton shapes, you will be less likely to purchase a mis-labeled piece, and more likely to find a Fenton rarity.  "Know your Fenton shapes!!"

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Keeping Your Eyes Open!

By John Walk

Top left: House Beautiful, December 1941

Top right:  Page from Sears website: Wishbookweb.com

Row 2:  Pictures from the December 1941 issue of House Beautiful

Right:  A 1962 Ethan Allen ad

The author shares the advantages of perusing old magazines and that so much information can be gleaned from them.  Check out the beautiful Fenton tablesetting!                                                  JF15-_6__Ethan_Allen.jpg

The Walk's share a glimpse into their home when it is all decorated for Christmas.  Emphasis is placed on incorporating Fenton Christmas items in with glass on display throughout the year.  The non-traditional mix of colors makes for a beautiful display!





Christmas Lights - A Gift Shop Exclusive Series

By Sharon Fenner

The first two pieces were offered during the November VIP event in 2004 - the Ivory 5151 Bear and Opal 5148 Mouse.  The final figurine,  the 5225 Playful Puppy, was offered in 2009.  The Snowman with a green scarf was a 2009 QVC purchase, and the Ivory "Bitty" Bear was hand-painted outside the factory.  A White Milk Glass bead was offered in 2010.  




Tales From Kriner's Korner

By Carolyn Kriner

Sometime in the mid 2000s Fenton made Emerald Green Opalescent, a color almost identical to Lime Green Opalescent of the 1950s.  Pictured are a four-inch hat and a four-inch hat basket with a beautiful Shamrock optic. 



This column, appearing in each issue, attemps to report unlisted early Fenton Art Glass. 

Row 1:  Blackberry Spray hat with a jack-in-the-pulpit shape, in a dark pumpkin Marigold.  The base color is Fenton's Rose.

Row 2:  Iridized Venetian Red (AKA Brick Red) Acorn bowl.

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Right:  "Banded Drape" pitcher in Amethyst.  This example was not decorated with the typical enameled iris flower, but was left undecorated.

Below:  Fenton #857 fan vase with "Marigold" or "golden" iridescence.  This piece was sprayed only on the inside and has no surface effects on the exterior.




The Fenton Barometer:  Cloudy with Little Sunshine

By Doug McIntosh

Right:  Ruby Carnival "Peacock and Urn" 9-inch; $3,050; 17 bids

Below:  (left) Cobalt and Milk Glass tobacco jar; 1989 Gift Shop offering; $570.50; 31 bids

Below: (right)  Cranberry Opalescent Coin Dot 1-horn epergne, 1940s; $826.66; 31 bids

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Left:  21" OOAK Cobalt student lamp hand-painted by Marilyn Wagner; $689; 2 bids  Below:  Milk Glass Diamond Lace 3-horn epergne HP by Louise Piper; $610; 15 bidsJF15-_9_Copy__L_Piper_Eper.jpg

Below:  22" Marigold Carnival Rustic swung 'funeral' vase; $960; 22 bids                              Right:  Kelsey Murphy Chocolate Cameo 'Mustang' vase; $620; 16 bidsJF15-_9__Funeral_Vase.jpg


Fantastic Post-1940 Fenton Finds From eBay and Elsewhere

By Anne Blackmore


Right:  Fenton Red Carnival #9480 Chessie Box Basket; $399; 8 bids

Below left:  Fenton Satin Peach Crest #1353 70-ounce Jug; did not sell

Below right:  #3701 Diamond Lace Epergne, Painted by Louise Piper; $610; 15 bids

Bottom left:  Cranberry Opalescent Spiral Optic Whimsey; #4604; seen at a Midwest show

Bottom right top:  Cranberry Coin Dot Epergne, Single Horn; $826.66; 31 bids

Bottom right bottom:  Emerald Crest Heart Dish mayo Set, Made for Rubel; $180; 1 bid


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A Tale of Two Great Fenton Vases or What I Did Over My Thanksgiving

By Anne Blackmore

Below left:  12-inch Green Opalescent Rib Optic #891 vase found in an antique shop

Right:  Original handwritten Fenton tag found on Poinsettia vase

Below right:  Crystal Satin Poinsettia #183 10-inch vase with cloverleaf crimped top

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Logo ID for Flyer Readers

By Anne Blackmore

Logo of Mosser Glass


It's Our Silver Anniversary!!!

2015 NFGS Convention

July 25, 26, 27

Celebrating 25 Years

Fenton - Fellowship - Fun


More Acclaim for the Value of Old Glass Magazines

By Anne Blackmore

Below:  Mystery large Milk Glass dolphin-handled oval bowl    


Below:  The mystery solved, thanks to Roserita Ziegler's article in the October 1981 issue of Glass Review 



Not All Large Funeral Vases are What They Seem

By Anne Blackmore

Below:  Bottom of the Mesican vase.  Note rough pontil and "Made in Mexico" label.  

Bottom:  Mexican slag glass funeral style vase.

Below:  The ribs of the vase are more visible on the walls of the thinner Fenton vase.                           JF15-_13__Jade_Vase_3.jpg


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Common Sense Should be Used Prior to Purchase

By Anne Blackmore


At right is a Pairpoint cup plate made for the Sandwich Museum, bearing a Fenton label applied under false circumstances.  Note it is a label for hand-painted glass.




Fenton Archaeology -- Exceptional Early Fenton Found On Line or in the Wild

By Anne Blackmore 


Custard 7-Inch Lion Plate, circa 1915

Lilac #1684 Floral Band Basket, circa 1933

Orchid Diamond Optic Rolled Rim Bowl, Dolphin Handles, Circa 1927 - 1928

Cameo Opalesent #1530 12-inch "Rings" vase

Celeste Blue Stretch Glass #232 Candlesticks

Fenton Figural Elephant Whiskey Bottle






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Stretch Glass Society Convention

July 22 - 24, 2015


Make plans now to attend the 25th Annual NFGS Convention July 25, 26, & 27, 2015.

Exclusive Glass * Seminars * Banquet Dinner Cruise * Bingo * Glass Displays



Please print the Dues Reminder and mail it, along with your check, to:                                  National Fenton Glass Society P. O. Box 4008                           Marietta, OH  45750

Far right is a PDF of our Membership Application Form.