SEPT. - OCT. 2015


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 balance of the 2015 membership year are $12.50 for a Primary membership, and $2.50 for a Primary Associate membership.  The reduced rate memberships expire December 31, 2015.   To avoid the 4% administrative charge for card usage, please include a check.  Members renewing, or those joining, 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. 

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.


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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Exclusive 2015 Convention Glass Still Available

By Sharon Fenner

Below are the NFGS mice offered in Glass Sales.  The Leprechaun and "Trick or Treat" mice were designed and hand-painted by former Gift Shop Artist Susan Bryan.  We were fortunate to have less than 20 Sky Blue mice made several years ago.  Quanties on all the mice are limited.  


Below are the three figurines made at Mosser Glass and purchased through the Fenton Gift Shop.  The iridization is beautiful!!  The Happiness Bird was the Convention souvenir item.  The 5165 Cat and 5148 Mouse were designed and hand-painted by Fenton Designer Kim Barley.  Early in 2015 Kim created a spring-time design featuring the same whimsical kitten and puppy.  A mouse has been added to this design and it will complement the Opal pair.  Visit the NFGS Exclusives page for pricing.  Quantities are getting low.


Below: Persimmon Paneled vase with a Heron design created and hand-painted by Fenton Designer Frances Burton.  There is a different design in each of the four panels.                         

Right:  Dave Fetty off-hand Hearts and Pulled-feather eggs.  They were made at the Fenton Art Glass Company and designed and hand-painted by Former Fenton Artist Martha Reynolds.  Note how she created the flowers around the hearts on the egg! 




Above: An Impression bead designed and hand-painted by Fenton Artist Truda Mendenhall.  The picture doesn't do justice to the bead - it is beautiful!  It is a striking Fall accessory.  We are taking orders until October 1, at which time we will ask Fenton to fill the order.  

The Board Report

By Doug McIntosh

2015-2016 NFGS Board of Directors                  Back row, L-R:  Shirley Herron, David Matheny, Sharon Fenner, Sarah Plummer, Charlie Lyngaas, Doug McIntosh, & Office Secretary Suzy Goodacre. Front row, L-R:  Millie Coty, Jay Kabinoff, Becki Ann Selby, and Belinda Fetty. 

Not pictured:  Craig Rowe and Kay Sainoz  


Just 'Cuz it Says Fenton...

By Anne Blackmore

Right:  Phoenix Glass Company Peach over Milk Madonna vase

Below left: L. E. Smith #408 double handle candlesticks                                                        Left center: Duncan & Miller 6-inch Canterbery vase Left bottom: Tiffin #16256 Pink Satin Poppy vase

Below right:  Consolidated 10-inch vase with Charleton decoration                                     Bottom right:  Tiffin Satin 10-inch Canary Roses bowl

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!!"








50-50 Charity Drawing Results

By Millie Coty


The 50-50 Drawing is an annual Convention activity started in 2012 to benefit a Williamstown non-profit organization.  The 2015 reciient was the Williamstown, W. Va. Relay for Life.  A check for $255 was presented to Elaine Bender (R), Williamstown Relay for Life Co-Chair, by NFGS Secretary Suzy Goodacre (L).  




A Project Long Awaited...                       The Fenton Flyer DVD is Available!

By Millie Coty


The Fenton Flyers from 1990 through 2000 were scanned and burned to a DVD.  The DVD contains 29 issues for a total of 663 pages.  It spans the first 11 years of the NFGS and provides some insite into the early years of the Club.  They are available for $10, plus shipping.


2015 Display Tables... and Looking Forward to 2016

By Charlie Lyngaas

The ballroom at the 2015 NFGS Convention was a sight to behold!  Twenty-nine members set up display tables for all to enjoy and glean information.  Plus, members shared pieces from Frank's Closet and the Museum Auctions by participating in the "club table".

Members who set up a display table were presented with a Cobalt Blue Super iceberg with a Sternwheeler design created and hand-painted by Fenton designer Robin Spindler.



The Longest Distance Award Goes To...

By Sharon Fenner


The combined distance of those of us traveling across the United States doesn't come close to matching the miles traveled by Kyoko and Norihisa Yamaguchi.  They are introducing Fenton Art Glass to collectors in Japan, and shipped 10 boxes of glass back home to Osaka, Japan.  Nori (L) and Kyoko (R) are pictured with George Fenton.


Seminars Have Educational Information for Everyone

By Millie Coty

Left top:  Christina Benson enlightened us on working with customer's Special Orders             Left center:  The designers - Robin Spindler, Kim Barley, Frances Burton, Truda Mendenhall, and Jena Blair worked their magic on glass and beads  Left bottom:  Joyce Colella spoke of her mother, Mary Walrath, and her family's Fenton orders

Right:  Lynn Welker shared Fenton family stories and many gorgeous examples of rare Fenton   Right center:  Alexander Ash, Anne and Max Blackmore told the story of Jacob Rosenthal and his journey with his Chocolate Glass formula. 




Below:  Nancy and George Fenton did a display table showing some of the pieces in the new lines.  Plus, they gave us an update on the world of Fenton beads and the relationship with the John Barton Company of Philadelphia, PA.





A few of the oddities that were seen during the Convention.

Left top:  Ebony Butterfly and Berry hatpin holder flared into a Jack-in-the-Pulpit whimsey.

Left bottom:  Tangerine Stretch #550 flared bowl - rare in any stretch color.


Below top:  Crystal Satin Grape and Cable 3-footed bowl, fully 12 inches in diameter. 

Below bottom:  No. 41, Velvatone Crystal Satin etched top hat vase.  Most everyone refers to the pattern as "Scenic". 




NFGS 2015 Display Tables -- Celebrating 25 Years!






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A Broken Barometer--or eBay Top-Sellers

By Doug McIntosh


Right:  10.5-inch off-hand Mosaic vase with Cobalt handles, $1400, 35 bids/10 bidders

Below left: Electric Green Carnival 9-inch Peacock and Grape plate, $746, 13 bids/6 bidders

Below right: Peach (Marigold) Opalescent Carnivl 8-inch Orange Tree bowl, $793, 5 bids/4 bidders

Bottom left:  Ruby mini bell with a one-of-a-kind decoration by CC Hartman, $841, 54 bids/3 bidders

Center right:  Teal Carnival Grape and Cable 10-inch, 3-footed bowl, $5000, 38 bids/8 bidders

Bottom right:  8.5-inch Florentine Green and Black #549 candlesticks, $620, 12 bids/8 bidders

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Tales fron Kriner's Korner

By Carolyn Kriner

On the left is a Cranberry Opalescent Dot Optic vase with a tri-rufffled top purchased by the author 34 years ago.  On the right is the same shape vase with a beautiful Opalescent drapery pattern purchased recently on eBay!  You just never know what is out there when you least expect it!!





Recent Ed Tell Award Recipients

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Howard Seufer was presented the Ed Tell award at his home in 2014.  Read about his many contributions to glass collectors in The Flyer.

The 2015 recipient of the Ed Tell award was Sharon Fenner.  The award was presented following the banquet.    


Fantastic Post-1940 Fenton Finds From eBay and Elswhere

By Anne Blackmore

Clockwise:  Ruby Silver Crest #573 Cone Vase with Deco Crest; Jonquil Yellow #8252 Empress Vase; Robert Barber 1976 Fenton Color Blend Egg; Rose Overlay #3003 Large Vase, Diamond Satin #63 2-1/2 Quart Cookie Canister; and Mulberry Diamond Optic #1353 70 oz. Jug and Tumblers 





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 Not Your Ordinary Anniversaries

SO15-17-50th_anniversary.jpgEllen and Ken Stohler (standing) celebrated their "Golden Anniversay" prior to Convention, and Sharon and Alan Fenner (seated)celebrated theirs following the Convention.

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


"Know Your Shapes" -- What Does it Really Mean?

By Anne Blackmore

Check out pages 18 - 20 for tips on recognizing items made from the same mould.

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Buyer Beware - Hobnail Fairy Light

By Anne Blackmore

Note the top is not finished in the way Fenton finishes the top, and "Made in Hong Kong" is moulded into the bottom.


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

By Anne Blackmore

Clockwise:  Jade #923 Individual Nut Cup; Mandarin Red #847 Rose Bowl; Mosaic #3045 14-inch vase; Mongolian Green #901 Dancing Ladies Vase; Set of Six 2-inch Ruby Shell Ashtrays; Black Mikado #919 Orange Tree Comport

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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