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 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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We hope you received this issue, but if not....

By Sharon Fenner

Dues for all members were 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 the Jan./Feb. 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 were received before February 1 you were on the mailing list for the March/April issue.    



Spring is in the Air with Delightful Exclusives!

By Sharon Fenner

This whimsical pair, the 5165 Cat and 5148 Mouse, was made at the Mosser Glass Company in Milk Glass.  They have been satinized, airbrushed, numbered, and hand-painted by Fenton Designer Kim Barley, at the Fenton Art Glass Company.  Limited to one of each per household, with the cat priced at $67 and the mouse at $65, plus shipping.  Below is our new  pendant in a fresh, spring,  Rose and Blue Vasa Murrhina with gold combination.  They are available for $70, shipping included.  All are very limited.  The cat and mouse are SOLD OUT!








NFGS Offers Congratulations

The NFGS proudly offers its congratulations to Kirsten M. Eichholz, on the publication of her first book, The Lost CaravanIt is available through Amazon in both paperback and Kindle format.


Intriguing New Use For Two Way leaf Votive Mould                                                  

The glassmaker turned down the large leaves of #9596 Two Way leaf Votive and applied a handle to create this basket.



Book Review:  Collectible Sugars & Creamers; Volume Two

By Anne Blackmore

Title:  Collectible Sugars & Creamers, An Identification Guide to American Glassware Volume Two:  Fenton - Heisey                                             Author:  Shelly Yergensen                                    Pages:  149                                                                       Copyright:  2014                                                    Publisher:  Maple Creek Media                                ISBN-13:  9780990739227                                 ISBN-10:  0990739228                                                 Email:  info@maplecreekmedia.com                         Website:  www.maplecreekmedia.com

Twenty-five pages are dedicated to Fenton sets.  The book is loaded with many quality photographs and original catalog reprints.

The author recommends this volume, and volume one of the series.  both are highly informative and a worthwhile purchase.


Just 'Cuz it Says Fenton...

By Anne Blackmore


Right:  Multi-Color Italian Four-Horn Epergne  This epergne was likely made in Italy.

Below left: Consolidated Regent Vase #8-C  The Charleton decoration is their "Roses and Bows" pattern circa 1950s.

Below right:  Northwood #706 Rainbow Line 8-5/8 inch Candlesticks, made in the 1920s.

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

Right:  Mulberry Overlay; Experimentqal Rubina Verde in Hobnail from the 1940s; & Ruby Overlay

Below:  Back - 1980s Forget-Me-Not-Blue Overlay and 1940's Mint Green Overlay for Weil; front - Blue Overlay and Rose Overlay

Below right:  Blue Overlay Dresser Set in Tiara (also known as Beaded Melon) and Peach Crest 10-inch basket in Tiara

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Left:  Jamestown Blue Overlay, Rose Overlay Hobnail, Cranberry Opalescent Hobnail, and Green Adventurine Vasa Murrhina



Identifying Fenton's French Opalescent Hobnail

By Anne Blackmore

Right:  A mix of Fenton French Opalescent Hobnail and Anchor Hocking Moonstone.  The two divided dishes are Anchor Hocking, and the cornucopia, hat vase and shaker are Fenton. 

Below right:  Two Fenton #389 vases highlighting the differences in height, opalescence, and crimping.





Left:  Note the petal design on the foot of the Anchor Hocking goblet. 

Above:  Note the plain foot on the Fenton goblets.




Above:  Anchor Hocking's machine made glass all looks the same.  The shape is very consistent and they stack neatly together.  

Above:  The top powder box is Anchor Hocking's Moonstone.  The bottom is Fenton's French Oplaescent Hobnail.


Those Wrinkled Barcelona Vases - Diamond or Fenton?

By Anne Blackmore

Below left:  Fenton Barcelona vase #187 in Cranberry Opalescent Spiral Optic;  Right:  The seller's tag on this Diamond Glass-Ware black vase indicated it is made by Consolidated.   

Below - row 2:  Fenton #186 Barcelona vases.  Left:  French Opalescent Spiral Optic; Right:  Cranberry Opalescent Spiral Optic. 

Below - row 3:  Fenton #186 Barcelona vases.  Left:  Ivory Crest; right: Peach Blow.

Below - row 4:  Left:  Fenton #186 vase, smooth version,  Cranberry Polka dot pattern;          Right:  Fenton #166 Topaz Opalescent Dot Optic Barcelona vase.

Bottom row:  Diamond Glass-Ware Barcelona fan top vases.  Left:  Pink-based vasa murrhina style; Right:  Black-based mosaic-style vase.


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


In this article, the authors examine the close connection between the glass production of the Fenton Art Glass Company and the H. Northwood Company.


Right:  Cherries and Blossoms enameled pitcher

Below left:  Northwood Jade Blue Turtle flower block                                                                             Below right: Northwood #724 oval bowl in Jade

Bottom row:  To learn more about these two items, check out page 10 of the March/April 2015 Fenton Flyer.   

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The Fenton Barometer-- Sunny for OOAKs, Otherwise Continued Cloudy

By Doug McIntosh

Right: 6 1/2-inch, Amethyst, 1910 Elks bowl; $910; 6 bidders

Below:  (left) 7 3/4-inch, Ruby Amberina Stag and Holly bowl; $612.40; 3 bidders

Below: (right)  9-inch, 3-horn, Green & White Slag # 3701 Hobnail epergne; $1,025.99; 4 bidders

Row 3:  (left)  7-inch, Marigold Carnival Butterfly and Berry Hatpin Holder; $667; 5 bidders     (right-top)  #5165 OOAK Tabby Cat by CC Hardman; $629.50; 5 bidders   

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Right:  #5165 OOAK Bengal Tiger cat by CC Hardman; $585; 5 bidders

Below (left):  OOAK #5065 Stylized Rosemilk cat by CC hardman; $362.78; 8 bidders

Below (right):  10-inch Karnak Hanging Heart vase; $5,000; 6 bidders

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Fantastic Post-1940 Fenton Finds From eBay and Elsewhere

By Anne Blackmore

Right:  4 1/2-inch Milk Glass Bud Vase made from Small Epergne Horn, seen in Midwest Antique Shop 

Below left:  Topaz Opalescent Thumbprint 8-inch Vase; seen in Midwest Antique Shop 

Below right:  Five-Petal Blue Dogwood on Cameo Satin 7-inch vase; spotted in an Ohio Antique Shop 

Bottom left:  Cranberry Opalescent Spiral Optic #187 Barcelona Vase; found in Midwest Antique Mall  

Bottom right top:  Fenton Poppies Basket 6-Piece Progressive Set; did not sell on eBay  

Bottom right bottom:  French Opalescent Ring Optic 13-Piece Beverage Set;didn't sell on eBay

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Learning About Our Collections Enhances Enjoyment

By Stephanie Bennett

[This article was first published in the February 2011 Stretch Glass Society Quarterly.  It has been adapted for use in the NFGS Fenton Flyer.]

Below:  Fenton worker, Frank Workman, reshaping an iridized vase to create the stretch effect.



Above:  Console set made by Diamond Glass-Ware, sold by Mongomery Ward through their 1925 - 1926 Winter Catalogue for $1.98.  Below:  Ad showing console set.

This 1924 promotional brochure was produced by the Northwood Company in Wheeling, WV, and is pictured in Harry Northwood the Wheeling Years, 1901-1925, by Wm. Heacock, et al.                  MA15_13_Steph_2.jpg


Logo ID for Flyer Readers

By Anne Blackmore

Logo of the Federal Glass Company


It's Our Silver Anniversary!!!

2015 NFGS Convention

July 25, 26, 27

Celebrating 25 Years

Fenton - Fellowship - Fun


Is This "Rare" Piece Listed on eBay Really Fenton?

By Anne Blackmore

Right:  Note, a layer of Crystal cases the ewer. 

Below:  (left) Fenton's #7459 Silver Crest vase.  Note the foot/marie on this vase.                       (right) Non-fenton Milk Glass ewer seen on eBay.

Bottom:  (left)  Plain handle on the non-Fenton ewer.  Fenton pieces use a reeded or bamboo/crimped handle.  (right)  The ewer seems to have a crest in some photos, and in others no crest.  The crest may be an artifact of casing with the outer/Crystal layer of glass. 


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Joy of Finding Real Thing After Seeing Old Advertisement

By Anne Blackmore

Below right:  1930s Butler Brothers catalog advertisement.

Below:  Fenton's #100 Wide Rib set in Black.

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"Knowing Your Shapes" Finally pays Off

By Anne Blackmore

Right:  Fenton Jade #1565 turtle base and Diamond Optic #1538 aquarium

Below: Fenton Diamond Optic #1538 aquarium


Right:  Aquarium assembled for display                     MA15_15_Aquarium.jpg


An Amazing Find...But is it Fenton or Not?

By Anne Blackmore

Right:  Fenton #1639 batter jug with heavy silver overlay.

Below left:  Close-up view of the decorated New Martinsville #34 "Addie" tumblers.                     Right:  Six-piece black beverage set with heavy silver overlay.  Pieces are both Fenton and New Martinsville.

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

By Anne Blackmore 

Right:  Ruby Stretch #621 Cupped Vase with decorative gold trim

Below:  Ruby # 601 Cut Ovals Cupped Bowl

Row 2 left:  Velva Rose #1512 Bowl from Ringed Flower Pot

Row 2 right:  Tangerine Turtle-Shaped Floral Block, #1564





Below:  Pekin Blue #249 "Portly" Candlestick, circa 1932 - 1933                                                                                                                                                Right:  Persian Pearl Perfume from #54 Vanity Set, decoratedMA15_20_Pekin_candlestick.jpg



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.