MAY - JUNE 2016


This page is designed to complement The Fenton FlyerThe Fenton Flyer is printed with six color pages and the balance in black and white.  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 2016 (January 1 - December 31) are due now.  For 2016 dues are Primary Members ($25) and Primary Associates ($5).  Associate Members must reside in the same household as a Primary Member.    Members renewing, or those joining, have the option of purchasing our annual mice.  This year we are offering a Orange Slice Satin mouse for $25 and a Green Topaz for $31.  They are limited to one of each per household (Primary member) for the 2016 membership year, on a first come, first serve basis.  The quantities are limited.

To avoid the 4% administrative charge for card usage, please include 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 the button in the column to the left.


NFGS Annual Mice for 2016

By Sharon Fenner

Once again the NFGS is offering two annual mice.  First is the Green Topaz which is available for $31.  Next is the Orange Slice Satinized mouse available for $25.  These are available only to members renewing for the 2016 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 2016 annual mice. 

Please note:  Green Topaz is a unique color - one that will never be duplicated.  The NFGS ordered the mouse in Topaz Opalescent.  There was difficulty producing the mouse in Topaz.  It was coming out more of a green color.  This is due to the fact that this glass color is typically produced using gas, not electricity, therefore the oxygen level couldn't be adjusted.  We think we have a desirable color to offer - one that has never been made, and can never be reproduced.  This only adds to the rarity of our Green Topaz mouse for 2016!!  Quantities are very limited!!  Add this little gem to your collection!  

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Introducing Our 2016 Convention Souvenir

By Sharon Fenner  

"Golden Tattoo" was designed and hand-painted by former Fenton Gift Shop Artist Susan Bryan.  Limited to 49, it is available at one per member while supplies last.  They are $65 each, plus $4.71 tax, if picked up at convention or shipped to an Ohio member.  

We are offering reduced shipping rates of $10 for one, and $13 for two. 

The 5468 elephant was one of the final new moulds created by the Fenton Art Glass Company, first offered in 2010.  Known colors are Ruby, Madras Pink and Fern Green.  Sorry, these have SOLD OUT!  

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Check Out the 2016 Raffle Items!

By Sharon Fenner

We are pleased to offer two raffle items for 2016!  First is a one-of-a-kind Indigo Blue Satin NFGS mouse, designed and hand-painted by CC Hardman in 2013.  She created a "cute as a button" Mary Gregory-style butterfly and blossom design that complements the Indigo Blue so beautifully.

Next is a drop-dead gorgeous one-of-a-kind Violet Bridesmaid doll designed and hand-painted by award-winning Fenton artist J. K. Spindler in 2013.  Robin's attention to detail is incredible - the hearts, the dots, the bling on the bouquet!

Available to NFGS members only.  Tickets are $4 each, or 3 for $10.  The raffle is listed on the Registration Form.  You may divide the tickets any way you wish.  The drawing will be held following the NFGS Banquet.  If the winner isn't in attendance, the item will be shipped postage-paid.     



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It's a Basket Case!

By Sharon Fenner

Once again Ken Stohler has had a beautiful souvenir pin created.  Our 26th Annual Convention pin features the NFGS Building Fund basket.  

The Cobalt Blue Iridized basket, issued November 15, 1995, was the 4th basket offered.  The oval pin is 1.5" high, and is available for $7.00, tax included.  It is listed on the Registration Form.

NFGS members may pre-order before convention.  If you are attending the convention, you will find your pin in your Convention packet.  If you aren't in attendance, it will be mailed to you after convention.  Actual postage will be charged if it is shipped to you.





Only in Williamstown Feedback

By Millie Coty

From Kathy E.

This little violet vase is adorable!  The only place we have seen this before is in the old Butterfly Net book and it is described as "Blossom Spray" hat vase, Black, circa 1915, named by William Heacock.3416_p5_black_vase_2.jpg

(Author's note:  This bimonthly column will showcase a single piece of one-of-a-kind or unusual Fenton that has been found in the Williamstown/Marietta area.)


Only in Williamstown 

By Millie Coty

The #3612 Milk Glass spoon holders were made from 1967 to 1968.  The insert is printed on lightweight paper and is laid on the bottom of the spoon holder and attached only with the Fenton foil label.  

A suggestion by Fenton is that the Spoon Holder could also be used as a Pipe Holder!


Critter Corner 

By Becki Ann Selby

The 5057 Horse/Foal is 4" long and was designed by Suzi Whitaker in 2006.  Only one was made the first year, as a Special Order for QVC. 

In 2007 and 2008, a dozen new additions were added to the herd, plus, even more in 2009.  Between January 2010 and December 2011 less than a dozen new foals were produced.



"Tales From Kriner's Korner"

By Carolyn Kriner

Once again, my box of spare parts came in very handy.  The "Lamp Genie" created this wonderful mini "Gone With the Wind" lamp from two Topaz Opalescent Hobnail cologne bottles, with no stoppers.  

Don't be afraid to experiment with Fenton Glass, as you never know what the outcome will be!   





Just 'Cuz it Says Fenton...

By Anne Blackmore

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!!"

Below:  L. E. Smith 25-inch Opaque Orange Vase

Produced by L. E. Smith in the late 1960s or 1970s, this large opaque vase is an example of popular mid-century modern glassware.  It isn't rare. 

Below:  Two Ruby Birds in a four-piece lot.  #1 is a bird by W. Ward.  # 2, long-tail bird, was produced by Viking Glass during the 1960s and 1970s.  The cone vase and small round vase were made by Fenton.

Bottom:  Pair of 5-inch Ruby Viking Ducks                This pair of Viking 5-inch Ruby ducks was listed on eBay as Fenton.  These Viking figurines, as is common with most Viking animals, are nearly devoid of detail.                                                               MJ16_Just_Cuz.jpg



Blown Out Peach Crest and Peach Blow

By John Walk 

This is a treatment Fenton attempted in the late 1930s and early 40s, but was never put into production.  You can read all about these two unique pieces in the May/June issue of The Fenton Flyer.  



Blue Satin or Blue Marble??

By John Walk

According to all reference material, the Blue Satin working elephant  was supposed to have been produced in 1972, for only 6 months.  It was difficult to make and almost impossible to remove from the font.

Recently, a collector found a shiny working elephant, on a font, on eBay.  She noted it looked more like Blue Marble.  She contacted Jim Stage, at the Williamstown Antique Mall, and learned the elephant, on this font, was made in Blue Marble, in 1970! 

You can get all the details in this issue of The Fenton Flyer.  





Right:  #821 Ice Green "Cannon Ball Variant".  This mold shape is the most commonly found.

Row 2 left:  #628 Amethyst pitcher with white floral, sometimes referred to as "Phlox".

Row 3 right:  #629 enameled floral variant pitcher with Drapery Optic interior - very rare.

Bottom left:  #626 (also #822) Marigold tankard pitcher with "Forget-Me-Not" floral decoration.  This cylinder-shaped tankard pitcher, with flat top, is extremely rare.

Bottom right:  Unlisted shape, Marigold example with the "Freesia" decoration. 



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Fenton eBay Top-Sellers for February - March 2016

By Doug McIntosh

Right:  Red Carnival 8-inch Orange Tree bowl; $815; 18 bids; 11 bidders

Row 1 left:  8-inch Red Carnival Dragon and Lotus footed bowl; $770; 27 bids; 11 bidders

Row 1 right:  #649 10-inch White Carnival candlesticks paired with an Amethyst Carnival Blackberry mini comport; $510,; 28 bids; 9 bidders

Row 2:  Blue Carnival 9.5-inch Panther master berry bowl; $431; 23 bids; 10 bidders (2 pics)

Row 3 & 4:  Red Carnival Water Lily footed bonbon; $491; 33 bids; 6 bidders (3 pics)

Row 4:  7-piece Cranberry Opalescent Spiral Optic water set, $545; 31 bids; 10 bidders

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Below: L. G. Wright 3-globe Cranberry Daisy and Fern banquet lamp; $500; 8 bids; 5 bidders                   

Right:  1998 Burmese Jacobean lamp with two other Burmese items; $529; 2 bids; 1 bidder MJ16_GWTW_lamp.jpg





My First Piece of Swirled Feather

By Les Rowe

The author discusses an estate sale, in an old Tudor style home he had been curious about, and finding the Cranberry Satin Swirled Feather shade, and later the base for the lamp.  








2016 NFGS Convention

July 30, 31, & August 1

Fenton - Fellowship - Fun

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


Stretch Glass Society Convention

July 27 - 29, 2016


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