This page is designed to complement The Fenton Flyer.  We hope the members of the NFGS like viewing the photos, 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.

Would you like to join the NFGS?

Primary Members ($30) and Primary Associate Members ($5).  Associate Members must reside in the same household as a Primary Member. 

This year we are offering a Crown Tuscan mouse for $29 and an Opal mouse for $25.  The mice were pressed at the Mosser Glass Company.  They are limited to one of each per household (Primary member) for the 2017 membership year, on a first come, first serve basis.  The quantities are limited.

To avoid the 4% administrative charge for card usage, please send a check.

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

Past 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.  Click on he button in the column to the left.

NFGS Annual Mice for 2017

By Sharon Fenner

Once again the NFGS is offering two annual mice.  First is Crown Tuscan which is available for $29.  Next is the Opal mouse available for $25.  Both colors of mice were made at the Mosser Glass Co.

These mice are available to members renewing for the 2017 membership year, limited to one of each per household (Primary member), on a first come, first serve basis. Quantities are limited - renew early to ensure receiving your 2017 annual mice.



Think Green!

By Sharon Fenner

St. Patrick's Day mouse - designed and hand-painted by Susan Bryan in a Celtic shamrock design. Opal by Mosser Glass Co.  Ltd. to about 25 - $75 each.

Opal Songbird, made at the Fenton Art Glass Co., designed and hand-painted by Frances Burton.  Ltd. to about 25 - $65 each.

Opal lop-ear bunny, made by Mosser Glass Co., designed and hand-painted by Frances Burton.  Ltd. to about 25 - $70 each.

We will accept orders beginning 2/28. One per member until March 9. The change in dates is due to the fact that the Flyer didn't mail as quickly as hoped. Thank you for your consideration.


A Blast From the Past!                              Shakers

By Pat and Bob Stacy                                      (reprinted from the 1994 Jan/Feb Fenton Flyer)

Frank Fenton was approached by S. Durwood Hoag, owner of the Lafayette Hotel in Marietta, Ohio.  A run of Black Hobnail (pepper) shakers were made and sold to the Lafayette Hotel for their own use. Eventually, they became a part of the Fenton line.



Only in Williamstown

By Millie Coty


This Milk Glass blown rabbit was never part of the Fenton line nor made for Levay Distributing.

On the Fenton Team...                                Michael Dickinson

(Reprinted with permission from The Fenton World, A Continuing Celebration of Fine Glass; Vol. II, No. 4; December 1985.)


The article discusses Michael's accomplishments after he had been at Fenton after 10 1/2 years.  He won the Membership Award, from the Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorators, for a lamp shade on which he did some reverse painting.    



Just 'Cuz it Says Fenton...

By Anne Blackmore


Right:  Crystal Iridized Christmas Tree with Attached Star

Below: Modern Reproduction of English Victorian Epergne

Below right top: Fenton Retired Sticker - can be applied to any item of glass

Below right: Jeanette 2-HANDLED "Aztec Rose" Candy Dish


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!  Remember the late Tom Smith's mantra, "Know your shapes!!"








The Fenton Art Glass Company had a knack for making glass that reflected the popular trends of the time.  Early production quickly shifted from Victorian-style enameled ware, opsalerscent glass and pattern glass, to Depression era transparent ware, to the opaque colors of the 1930s. However, one characteristic was always present: a wide array of colors!

Above right:  A blue Orange Tree handled nappy punch cup whimsey

Right:  Crystal Butterfly and Fern tumbler - is there a pitcher to go with this tumbler?

Below left:  Crystal Kittens #299 pattern plate, circa 1918

Below right:  Blackberry pattern pitcher with a three-crimp (clover) top in plain Crystal

Below row 2 left: White Carnival Acorn #835 plate

Below row 2 right: Marigold Acorn #835 plate

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Fenton Employees Get Together

July 28, 2016

L - R back row: Tom Bobbitt, Nancy Bobbitt, Peggy Casto, Joyce Simms, Judy Callander, Dennis Lumbatis, and Howard Seufer

L - R front row: Debra Cutshaw, Suzy Goodacre, Lorita Delaney, Richard Delaney, Don Cunningham, Ida Harris, and Chris Benson

Raffle Winner Announced

By Millie Coty

Robin Spindler drew the winning ticket for the  Guardian in Training Burmese vase on December 15.  Congratulations David!

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Tales From Kriner's Korner

By Carolyn Kriner


"Special Room" - "Sample" - "One-of-a-Kind"   All of these terms apply to these two awesome items.

At right is a LARGE Cranberry Opalescent Honeycomb pattern Gone-with-the-Wind lamp.

Below is a cannon-ball water pitcher in deep Cranberry Opalescent in the LARGE Honeycomb pattern, just like the lamp.

Until next time, Happy Fenton Hunting!!!


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Butterflies & Moths

By Tom Norskov

Documented by a Butler Brothers catalog advertisement from the years 1917 & 1918, is this comport with a moth (butterfly) design. Shown are two of the many varieties.

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Anheuser-Busch, Inc. & Fenton

By Millie Coty

The first Budweiser products appeared in the June 1983 Catalog Supplement.  This decal decorated Cameo Satin line was enhanced with handpainting. It was discontinued in 1984.  

In 1984 Anheuser-Busch commissioned Fenton to produce nine Clydesdale items, along with sand-carved items.  The Clydesdale items were on Opal Satin.  This pattern was a slow seller.  




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I Spy

By Becki Ann Selby

Thank you to Amber Phillips Smolski!


If you spot a piece of Fenton used as a prop, please send it in for our I-Spy column.

Critter Corner      

By Becki Ann Selby

Fenton's #5158 Elephant was designed by Tony Rosenain the early 80s, and put into production in 1983.




Helen Warner Remembered


Helen Farley Warner, 96, of Williamstown, WV, passed away December 24, 2016. She worked at the Fenton Art Glass Company from September 01, 1960 until February 1, 1983.  For most of the time she was Frank M. Fenton's Executive Secretary.







Another Fenton Gem

By Doug McIntosh


Read all about the round-up of a Milk Glass 5253 Fenton unicorn - truly an elusive figurine.  This 'gem' was found at the Fenton Gift Shop and now resides with a herd in Georgia.



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Fenton eBay Top-Sellers - - the downward trend continues

By Doug McIntosh


Left top row: 9.5-inch beautifully iridized Green Carnival Vintage plate - $762; 33 bids; 12 bidders

Left row two: 5.5-inch Mosaic Inlay vase - $788; 5 bids; 5 bidders

Left bottom: 11.5-inch Threaded Mosaic #3008 vase - $1895; 1 bid

Right top: 22-inch Cranberry Snowflake lamp made for LG Wright - $433; 2 bids; 2 bidders

Right row two: pr 9-inch Celeste Blue/Moonstone B-20 lamps - $339; 13 bids; 6 bidders

Right bottom: OOAK Favrene sand-carved 9.5-inch vase with Dragonfly Dance motif - $760; 12 bids; 2 bidders



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Remember When?

By Becki Ann Selby

Fenton postcards from the late 1960s.  The Fenton Gift Shop underwent many changes after these postcards were printed!







The Frank L. Fenton Home

By Millie Coty

This home was designed by George F. Barber, circa 1900, by and for Charles W. Dowling. It was purchased in 1927 by Frank L. Fenton.  A fire destroyed this home December 17, 1971.


Caretaker's Life Cycle


By Tom Norskov

The author shares his thoughts on down-sizing and preparing for passing his treasures on to the next caretakers.




2017 NFGS Convention

July 29, 30, & 31

Fenton - Fellowship - Fun

Exclusive Glass * Seminars * Auctions Banquet * Bingo * Glass Displays Consignment Auction * Dinner Cruise


Stretch Glass Society Convention

July 26 - 28, 2017

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