The bottom of a piece is at the bottom of a mould. Pre-1958 Fenton milk glass is said to be easily distinguishable because it is less dense, less opaque, than their milk glass made from 1958 onwards. Some Ebony Crest pieces can be quite valuable with even small vases selling for prices in the hundreds when they can be found. The bottom of a piece is at the bottom of a mold. Sometimes Fenton will reapply an etched Fenton oval mark. Check with your local Fenton dealer, book seller or library. Satin glass often losses the mark during the sandblasting process used to make the finish satin.
Again look very closely for a light oval mark. Fenton carnival glass was inspired early on by glass masters such as Steuben and Tiffany, and more than 130 patterns have been produced, according to Schroeder's Antiques Price Guide. The bottom of the mould forms the top of the cruet. The price portion was separate from the label. Most of the stickers have been lost or removed over time. With such a long and productive company history Fenton has made something to make every glass enthusiast a happy collector. Beginning a collection may seem a little over whelming.
You may notice a flame which resembles the letter S, a solid star, or the outline of a star somewhere on your item. Fenton Marks: The Fenton in an oval logo was first used on Carnival Glass in 1970. Grooming Cat 5074 — A small sitting cat, grooming a paw. The of the label on the letterhead was blue. Prices range dramatically; while some items are easily affordable, others can be worth thousands of dollars. For this reason, estate sales, garage sales, flea markets, and antique shops can sometimes get you the best deal on an item.
Due to similarities between manufacturers, it can be very difficult to tell the difference between some pieces. The finished height and width of items are not overly important. In addition, some of the older company records are sketchy and prior to 1939 there are almost no records at all. Pieces that sell on the lower end of the spectrum may show wear marks or may have a crack or chip. Use myConnection to gather the information that you most care about from across this website into one central location, giving you greater control over how you connect with your community. While her shops sell many different items, Cindy is a second generation Fenton glass collector purchasing her first piece in 1978. Later, Fenton began producing a smaller, more refined variation of the Alley Cat known as the Happy Cat 5277.
The follow information, supplied to me by Mr. A number of other out of print books on Fenton are also available online, including several excellent reference guides authored by respected glass collectors and experts Margaret and Kenn Whitmyer. The logo was not added to pieces until 1973. Some early cranberry and carnival glass pieces can sell in the thousands. The older it is, the higher in cost.
Probably in Magenta only, but possibly blue also. In addition to the Fenton name in the oval, there is also a cursive 'F' in an oval. Therefore, I personally try to ensure all labels, even new ones,remain intact in my collection. Many companies used this process to make cruets. This is important when collecting Stretch Glass as many of the companies that made Stretch Glass produced very similar items. If you aren't able to tell after examining your piece, look online to find a Fenton dealer or an antique dealer in your area who specializes in Fenton glass. Opaque glass, such as custard glass or milk glass, was often used to form the base of these items while a clear or colored border around the ruffled edge added a touch of interest.
It can be found on carnival glass pieces including vases, dishes, and decorative items that were made starting in 1970. This smiling cat stands about 6. Another interestng fact Frank shared with me is, since candleholders are sold in pairs, the Fenton Company is currently placing the oval price sticker on one holder and round sticker on the other. When an unsigned piece has been researched and identified as Fenton, the value can be determined based on current market prices. This indicates that the piece is a second, or was found to have some defect while still at the factory. For tips on identifying Fenton glass without a marking, read on! This was used only on Milk Glass in conjuction with other labels. Fenton produced collectible glass cats in a number of different molds: Alley Cat 5177 — The first cat produced by Fenton in 1970.
It is best to view them with a jewelers loop when trying to identify your decade. Before 1973, Fenton glass creations were marked with a variety of paper labels. Pontil marks can look like a rough broken chipped mark, a bumpy lump, or a polished concave dimple. My cruet has a pontil mark on the bottom, is it not Fenton? Many of these stickers were lost or removed over time, but some of them are still attached. With such a long and productive company history Fenton has made something to make every glass enthusiast a happy collector. Sometimes Fenton will reapply an etched Fenton oval mark.
Most of the stickers have been lost or removed over time. Yes, some types of glass and treatments on glass can obscure or remove the mark entirely. Opalescent or iridescent glass can be worth more. The mark on the bottom of cruets is not a pontil mark, it is a cut shut mark. The numbers can be small and hard to read. In 1907, the Fenton company was the first to introduce carnival glass, still a popular collector's item. A pontil mark is a mark on the bottom of an item where the punty rod was attached during the glass making process.