This page is designed to complement The Fenton Flyer.  We hope the members of the NFGS like viewing the photos, 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.

Shipping & Insurance: 

Effective January 1, 2018, the NFGS will use the USPS published rates.  Insurance on the package will be the responsibility of the member if the cost of the item(s) is over the initial $50.00 allowable amount included in Priority Mail. This means that a member will pay postage in accordance with their zip code, the size, the weight, and the value of the boxed item(s).  

Our office secretary will contact you regarding the actual charges.  Sales tax will be added to orders shipped to Ohio residents.


Renew or Join the NFGS

Primary Members ($30) and Primary Associate Members ($5).  Associate Members must reside in the same household as a Primary Member.

This year we are offering an Iridized Eggplant  mouse for $29 and an Ruby-Opal Slag mouse for $29.  The mice were pressed at the Mosser Glass Company.  They are limited to one of each per household (Primary member) for the 2018 membership year, on a first come, first serve basis.  The quantities are limited.

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

NFGS Annual Mice for 2018

By Sharon Fenner

Once again the NFGS is offering two annual mice.  First is Iridized Eggplant which is available for $29.  Next is the Ruby-Opal Slag mouse available for $29.  Both colors of mice were made at the Mosser Glass Co.  These mice are available to members renewing for the 2018 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 2018 annual mice.

The Ruby-Opal Slag mouse won't be made until mid-January. They will be picked up, inspected, and shipped as soon as they are available. A record is being kept of orders already received. Please watch this site, as the progress will be posted. Should you decide to not wait for the Ruby-Opal slag mouse, please phone the office to cancel your order.


Happy Valentine's Day!

By Sharon Fenner

How sweet is this little bear? Made at the Mosser Glass Company in Opal glass, which has been satinized, air-brushed a soft brown, and hand-painted in a 'vintage' Valentine design by former Fenton designer Frances Burton.  The heart on its back conveys your sentiment of 'Love'.  The bears are very limited, and are available for $75 each.



Is it a Hawk, a Falcon, an Eagle...           

You be the Judge

By Sharon Fenner


The NFGS was able to acquire the 1879 Eagle on Rock mould - moulds.  A photo of the second mould is now available. That is the mould that was used to make the sample Bird of Prey pictured. The Bird of Prey has more detail in the feathers on the breast of the bird, and no cape at the base of the neck.  The first mould, which was pictured in the Flyer, looks more like an eagle, with no feather detail on the breast. The Bird of Prey is pictured with the Owl on a Stump for size comparison.  

The article states five examples are known to exist. Notification was received of two more examples - one being French Opalescent!  Are there more?




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If you are in the area of of the South Florida Depression Club Glass Through the Decades 44th Annual Show and Sale, February 3-4, 2018, please stop by the booth set up by NFGS members Ellen & Ken. They would be delighted to meet you!

Sign up for a door prize!

Just 'Cuz it Says Fenton...

By Anne Blackmore


Right: Viking Ball Ashtray

Below: Northwood Celeste Blue Stretch Glass #678 Bowl

Below right: English Swirl Opalescent Vase with Rigaree; base with ground pontil mark shown at left.


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: Mr. Frank Fenton working in his office.   Right: Billy Ray McLamb spied this Hobnail Milk Glass vase while watching I Love Lucy.JF18-6-FRANK.JPG




Right: #950 Satin Mermaid Blue Cornucopia Candlesticks

Below left: #950 Cornucopia Candlesticks with Wistaria etching. Notice, the pattern is reversed on the one on the right.

Below right: Rose Satin San Toy #107 plate

Bottom left: Carnival Glass variant of a variant; Orange Tree pattern bowl - just tree trunk, no scales

Bottom right: Crystal satin Ming pattern etched Plymouth #1620 pilsners







Tales from Kriner's Korner

By Carolyn Kriner


Fenton for LG Wright, 14-in. Cranberry Opalescent Daisy and Fern luster, with a pie crust crimp.




The Stretch Glass Society Stretch-Out Discussion

Stretch-Out Calls are the 2nd Thursday of the month at 8 pm Eastern, 7 Central, 6 Mountain, 5 PacificJF18-6-SQ_VASE.jpg




Blast From the Past                             Fenton Colors (1970-1995)

By Richard Karman


The color code BD was used three times during this 25 year period.  

Right: Leaf Decorated Burmese - this is a decal decoration (1/1970 - 6/1972)

Below: Blue Dogwod - four petal and five petal (1/1980-5/1982)

The last time it was used was for the Christmas offering "The Chickadee Ballet", part of the Birds of Winter #2 series.

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A Tribute to Bill McGinnis

By Millie Coty 

William R. McGinnis, of Ligonier, PA, passed away on Thursday, November 23, 2017, at the age of 82.

He and Martha (his wife of 62 years) enjoyed collecting Burmese, Family Signature and Connoisseur pieces, and items decorated by Louise Piper and Frances Burton.

Bill was the 5th NFGS President (2001 - 2006) holding membership #1201.  He and Martha were Convention Chairs from 2000 through 2006.


Another Fenton Gem

By Doug McIntosh


This Tangerine Stretch #1530 12-inch swung ring vase meets the definition of a Fenton Gem.  It was purchased from the Stretch Glass Society auction.



Only in Williamstown

By Millie Coty 


Basket Weave with Open Edge pattern, in Cameo Opalescent, produced from 1926 to 1927.

The mini vase measures 3" tall, 3.5" across the top, and 1.875" across the base.


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Items For Sale

A 2007 Catalog, a Birthston Bear dealers label, and a Fenton Art Glass Company sun visor.  See page 10 of The Fenton Flyer for details.





Wisteria Opalescent Dancing Ladies

By Millie Coty 

Read about the bonbons on page 12 of The Fenton Flyer.




The bonbon size for Bowl #2 is 6" tall by 9" x 9" wide.JF18-12-5.JPG

The bonbon size for Bowl # 1 is 5" tall by 11" x 8" wide.JF18-12-3.JPG


Louise Piper

(from a Fenton Art Glass publication)

Born in Irwin, PA, in 1908, Louise Piper was just 13 years old when she began working part-time at the Jeanette Shade and Novelty Co.  In the 1960s, Fenton decided to open a decorating department.  Tony Rosena recommended Louise and she began working at Fenton in April, 1968. She retired from Fenton in 1989 at age 81. She passed away in 1995. Her hand-painted pieces are highly collectible.

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Sad Day

By Becki Ann Selby

Seeing the fence around the Fenton Art Glass Company makes one realize nothing lasts forever.  The memories made, the treasures found, and the people we met all because we walked through those doors. A sad time indeed!



Kiss My Fenton Glass for Sale or Trade--why use eBay?

By Doug McIntosh

Right:12-inch Murphy/Bomkamp cameo vase,'Sail Away'design; $800; 1 bidder

Row 2 left: Red Carnival 9.5-inch bowl in the Vingage pattern; $847; 54 bids; 11 bidders

Row 2 right: Peach Opalescent Carnival Dragon and Lotus 9.125-inch bowl; $1325; 49 bids; 6 bidders

Row 3 left: Marigold Carnival Dragon and Lotus 9.25-inch plate; $1325; 42 bids; 9 bidders

Row 3 right: Blue Carnival 1911 Atlantic City Elks 7.5-inch plate; $760; 36 bids; 7 bidders

(Both Dragon and Lotus pieces sold for $1350.)

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2018 NFGS Convention

July 28, 29, & 30

Fenton - Fellowship - Fun

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


Stretch Glass Society Convention

July 25 - 27, 2017

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