MAR. - APR. 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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Spring is Just Around the Corner

By Sharon Fenner                                                                                                                                Check out our Spring offering!  Third in a series of critters with a whimsical design by Kim Barley.3416_p1_bear-mouse_-_373.jpg

3416_p1_bear-305.jpg This time the design is on Crown Tuscan glass that was made at the Mosser Company, using Fenton moulds.  Kim's cheerful design is sure to bring a smile to your face, and be a cute addition to your spring decor.  Quantities are limited.  We will begin accepting orders on March 1.  The bear is $79 and the mouse is $75.     3416_p1-mouse2_-373.jpg
Happy Easter! from our cute little Indigo Blue mouse with a bright yellow daisy "hat" and holding a fluffy yellow chick in her arms.  On her back is a pair of Easter eggs hidden among the flowers.  The mouse was made at the Fenton Art Glass Company in 2007.  Susan Bryan designed and hand-painted our Easter mouse.  She can be your bright Easter accent for $50.  Quantities are very limited.  We will begin accepting orders on March 1.       3416_p1_blue_mouse_top.jpg






In addition to the new Crown Tuscan 5148 mouse and 5151 bear, plus the Indigo Blue NFGS mouse, we would like to remind you of a couple items offered during the 2015 convention.  

First, just in time for St. Patrick's Day, we have a Lucky Leprechaun mouse designed and hand-painted by former Gift Shop designer Susan Bryan.  He is on very rare Sage Mist glass, which was made from Fenton cullet at Fenton's Collectibles in Republic, Missouri.  You may place your order for this mouse at any time.  We are down to final quantities.  He is priced at $59. 

Next is a beautiful Fenton Impression pendant made with Opal glass, accented with bright blue and rich rose frit, plus gold mica.  In the fashion industry, the colors for 2016 are Rose Quartz (pink) and Serenity (blue)!  This pendant will be a perfect compliment to your Spring fashions.  Each of these pendants is, like any Vasa Murrhina, a one-of-a-kind work of art.  We have very few remaining in our inventory.  It can be yours for only $69, shipping and tax included.     


A Day of Antiquing!

By Becki Ann Selby

The author takes us along on her trip and shares her special finds; a 5163 bird and a Lavender Bowl.





Only in Williamstown

By Millie Coty

Since black glassware first appears in the Fenton inventory in 1911, the author is guessing theis 4 3/4" vase was produced between that time and 1918.  This tri-corner novelty item was called a "violet" vase. 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.)


Critter Corner 

By Becki Ann Selby

Fenton's #5147 Mallard Duck is 5" long, was designed by Tony Rosena in 1983, and offered in the line in 1984.  Many "natural" ducks were created, in addition to ducks in many designs.  Learn more about the Mallard Duck in this issue of The Flyer!


A Note From Our Historian

By Karen Biehl

Below: row 1 - 2012 Convention Registration Table

Below: row 2 - 2008 Local Meeting

Below: row 3 - 2009 Convention


Below: row 1 - 2004 Christmas Dinner

Below: row 2 - 2008 Outing with NFGS members

Below: row 3 - 2010 Dining with NFGS members

Food ~ Fun ~ Fellowship

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"Tales From Kriner's Korner"

By Carolyn Kriner                                                            3416_p7_Kriner1.jpg

Left:  A Topaz Opalescent Hobnail lamp and a Lime Green Opalescent Hobnail lamp made from 3-inch vases.  

Below:  Cranberry Opalescent Hobnail lamps made from Cranberry Opalescent Hobnail candle holders and a 3-inch rose bowl (left) and a 3-inch vase (right).3416_p7_Kriner2.jpg


Identifying a Misnomer

By Millie Coty 

This 8-inch light lavender hand-painted vase is often attributed to Fenton, but is not.  The sticker on the base reads: Designed by Fenton, Made in China.  It was hand-painted in China.  Read all about it in this issue of The Fenton Flyer.



Robin Keeps on Rockin' it at Fenton!

By Jay L. Kabinoff

Below:  Robin Spindler hand-painting a vase during an NFGS seminar. 

Below:  The finished vase - purchased during the Banquet Auction.  Beautiful!!

Row 2 left:  Robin and Jay beside Jay's convention display table featuring Robin's artistic talents.             Right:  Numerous examples of vases Robin Spindler designed and painted!

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Just 'Cuz it Says Fenton...

By Anne Blackmore


Right:  Iris and Herringbone Iridescent Pitcher, 9 1/2 inches tall.  This pitcher was manufactured by The Jeanette Glass Company from 1928 - 1932, in the 1950s, and in the 1970s.  

Below:  Bristol Cased Pink and Opal Enameled Vase.  The crimping is too angular, the opal glass is too grey, and it has a rough pontil.

Below right: Victorian Era English Single-Horn Epergne.  It is 20 1/2- inches tall, the horn is attached to the bowl with a screw mechanism, and it has rigaree which is a treatment Fenton didn't do.

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!!"






Amber Phillips Smolski spotted this White Hobnail set being used in a nursery scene on the show "Keeping Up With the Kardashians", Season 7, Episode 17.

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



Below row 1:  Celeste Blue Iridized hexagon open creamer and sugar set.

Below row 2:  Same set in Crystal with a floral cutting.

Below row 3:  Creamer and sugar set in Crystal, enameled with light blue paint depicting bluebirds.

Below row 4:  Holly crimped bowl with Marigold iridesence over Moonstone as a base color.


Below row 1:  Scarce White Carnival creamer and sugar set (breakfast set) in the Orange Tree pattern. 

Below row 2:  Comport is Celeste Blue with Marigold iridescent spray in the Holly (Holly and Berries) pattern.

Below row 3:  Celest Blue bowl with a stretch effect.  It, too, has the Holly and Berries pattern.


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Country Living and Fenton

By Millie Coty

The January/February issue of Country Living magazine showcases and article (pages 22-27) titled The Collector's Guide to Milk Glass: Thrill of the Hunt.  The article mentions Fenton glass, along with Milk Glass made by other companies.  

The author found several discrepancies in the article, but, it still has beautiful photos and is worth the read.  Check out the article on page 11 of The Fenton Flyer.   


Clockwise:  Royal Blue Carnival Blueberry pitcher with 6 tumblers, $1190, 32 bids, 10 bidders

9-inch White Carnival Little Fishes footed bowl, $784, 11 bids, 7 bidders

9 3/4" Threaded Mosaic vase, $965, 5 bids, 3 bidders

Green Carnival Blackberry Block 6-piece water set, $835, 25 bids, 11 bidders

9.25 Celeste Blue Carnival Plaid bowl, $3676, 24 bids, 9 bidders

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Fenton eBay Top-Sellers for December 2015 - January 2016

By Doug McIntosh



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

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