Boyd’s Genuine Porcelain

Fenton’s old-fashioned techniques and values are more than just another advertising gimmick. In , the Fenton Art Glass Company celebrates its th anniversary. Among the plus employees in Williamstown, West Virginia commemorating the event are 10 Fenton family members, a third and fourth generation actively involved in the company’s day-to-day operations. Company co-founder Frank L. Fenton started his career at age 17, when he was employed by the Northwood Glass Co. The first piece, a Water Lily and Cattails crystal cream pitcher, was made on January 2, The company’s early success can be attributed to the vision of Frank L. In addition to being the firm’s first president, throughout his lifetime, Frank was responsible for the design of most of Fenton’s products. His desire to develop new and unusual colours and patterns allowed the company to remain in the forefront of the handmade art glass industry. Among the first of Frank L.

Fenton Art Glass Company

History[ edit ] The original factory was in an old glass factory in Martins Ferry, Ohio in The first year for glass production was From to , the designs made there were heavily influenced by two other glass companies:

This milk glass vase in the Hobnail pattern was made by Fenton. It has the makers mark on the bottom, which the company began to use on milk glass from and The original paper label is also on the vase, further dating it from

August 10, By Mike Polak The history, culture and beauty of the Hawaiian Islands are intertwined with the history of the many varieties of bottles from all of them. Its history and culture began centuries earlier, when a 1, mile long fissure on the floor of the Pacific Ocean produced the Hawaiian Ridge. Rycroft — Arctic Soda Co. Along the top of this ridge were individual protrusions of domes that over time formed the Hawaiian Islands: About years later, settlers from Tahiti arrived and initiated a ruling king for each island.

Social classes emerged, and the Hawaiian culture began to form. He named Hawaii the Sandwich Islands in honor of the Earl of Sandwich, but he met his demise in a battle with natives on Feb. Hawaiian rule continued until , but Western influence continued to grow, and American colonists overthrew the Hawaiian kingdom on Jan. In , Hawaii officially became a territory of the United States. The importing of bottles to Hawaii dates back to , when German merchant Ulrich Alting imported the first known Hawaiian embossed soda bottles.

As the need intensified to satisfy the numerous ships arriving in Honolulu carrying whalers, sailors, English visitors and settlers, the need to satisfy their thirst also increased.

Collecting antique bottles from Hawaii

Over the years, as dealers in glassware, we have taken thousands of pictures of glass vases, bowls, paperweights, sculptures and other glassware. After we have sold an item, it seems a shame to throw those pictures away, so we use them to create an encyclopaedia guide in the galleries shown below. We hope they will enable you discover more about the types of glass products that you are interested in collecting, or help you to identify a glass item you have come across.

‘Fenton Fanatics’ is a notable website that has a large amount of information on Fenton collectibles, along with a comprehensive collection of Fenton catalogs dating all the way back to the s. It also allows you to type in all the information you have about a particular piece, and then uses it .

Thank you very much!! S on the base of bottles …………………. Thanks to Mark Newton for this info. Many such bottles with an initial on the base were purposely made with no glass manufacturer identification. Mark is seen mostly on the lower heel area on soda and beer bottles. The number usually precedes the letter, but in some cases the order may be reversed. These marks were used by ABCO at least during the period, and evidence from bottle collectors indicate these date code markings may have been used as early as when American Bottle Company was incorporated , all the way up to at least in some cases.

S in a circle………………. Swindell Bros, Baltimore, Maryland Reportedly used on machine-made bottles after c. Hand-blown bottles were produced from to , at which time semi-automatic production was introduced.


Colorless is preferred over the term “clear” or “white” glass since the former term refers more accurately to the transparency of the glass not its color, i. Colorless glass was a goal of glass manufacturers for centuries and was difficult to produce because it required the use of virtually impurity-free materials. Venetian glass makers produced their crystallo as early as the 15th century and glass makers in 18th century England made what was known as “flint” glass from virtually pure quartz rock calcined flint which was simply called “flint” Hunter

Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation continued to expand into other areas of production such as tableware, closure and sealing machinery, and toiletries and cosmetic containers through the expansion of existing facilities and the purchase of Baltimore, Maryland based Carr-Lowry Glass Company and the west coast Maywood Glass.

Antique Moser Glass The earliest pieces used arsenic as an ingredient. These can be identified by the opalescence and delicate, fiery glow around the edged of the pieces. These early examples of milk glass have a distinctive look and can’t be reproduced. The collector with some experience will be able to instantlt spot the difference between and milk glass.

The popularity of milk glass grew throughout the Victorian era and well into the s, finally dropping out in the early s, nearly years after it was first released. During that time milk glass was made into a variety of shapes and colors. While there are several colors, all of them will be opaque and milky. Some of the colors of milk glass are: Pink Green Black Victorian and rare Companies reused molds for decades so it can be difficult for the novice collector to determine the differences between antique and vintage milk glass.

Fenton Art Glass

Amber February 1, at 1: But my time is never appreciated or hard work is never recognized. I honestly would rather be dead than continue working at Culvers. Apparently no one cares!! Elinor Diercksmeier January 25, at It was the worst experience that I have ever had.

A checklist of some major manufacturers of milk glass, selected readings, a complete index, and a value guide are also provided. A must for the collector and lover of milk glass, this well-documented book will appeal to all who appreciate the beauty and artistry of finely-made glass.

Boyd was issued a patent for his invention on March 30, The patent can be viewed here, a pdf file from the sha. Tremendous numbers of these glass lids were made, by a number of glass companies, many of whom are unidentified. Hazel-Atlas Glass Company after is known to have produced large quantities of the inserts. Group of Milk Glass liners with various markings It is virtually impossible to assign a specific age to any of these lids.

Presumably, the first ones date from approximately The very earliest versions are said to have been made in transparent glass, with milk glass versions introduced approximately Later versions may or may not have the name included in the lettering. They were continued to be made in huge quantities for many decades thereafter, with production probably extending well into the s or later.

L.E. Smith Glass Co. (not smith glass co)

Remember, the first of Fenton’s various rooster moulds were not put into production until long after Fenton began marking wares with logos embedded into the glass! Therefor, all first quality Fenton roosters should be marked with one of Fenton’s embedded logos. Fenton Roosters and other Fenton wares produced from moulds which did not originate with Fenton, such as their large standing rooster, formerly Paden City’s, their large and small rooster boxes which were made from moulds purchased at the going out of business sales of 2 former competitors, and the beautiful but problematic Chanticleer, formerly a Fosteria mould, are all marked with a Script F in an Oval, denoting these items did not originate with Fenton.

The Fenton Art Glass Company was founded in by brothers Frank L. Fenton and John W. Fenton.

The following items can be found on the A2Z Military Collectables website , with full descriptions, photographs and prices. This one is made of solid bronze and awarded to native bearers and servants; it has two clasps, the Tirah and the Punjab Frontier This medal is in excellent condition but all the naming has been erased; but both clasps are correctly attached and it comes on its original ribbon.

A very fine medal, a superb gap filler. Original American civil war period black leather ammunition pouch. It has been well used but remains in pretty good condition for its age. The inside still has the fabric compartments for the shells, there is wear here, some of the fabric has worn through, due to use. Pre XCII 92nd Gordon Highlanders Uniform Cross Belt Plate Beautiful solid brass badge which comes in wonderful original condition although there is light wear to the high points, long lugs both in tact, measures 3.

This is the 20 Mark example, part of a pad of certificates this is the last one, it comes in fair condition with a small tear on the right hand side. Victorian Owl Pounce Pot.

How To Identify Valuable Glass by Dr. Lori