What Are Fenton Art Glass Collectibles?


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Fenton Art Glass collectibles are decorative glass figures manufactured by the Fenton Art Glass Company in Williamstown, West Virginia. The company ceased production of traditional glassware in 2011 and as of 2015 produces only glass jewelry.

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Because the company is no longer producing glassware dishes and figures, some of the glassware pieces from Fenton's history have become collectible antiques. Prior to the Great Depression at the beginning of the 1930s, Fenton produced mainly carnival glass. In the 1920s the company came out with a very popular shade of red carnival glass. The company discontinued these pieces with the onset of the Great Depression, and they are therefore quite popular collector's pieces due to their relative scarcity.

The Fenton Art Glass Company did not begin stamping the pieces with a maker's mark until the 1950s. This, coupled with the fact that the company has produced such a wide variety of designs, means that pieces produced in earlier decades may be more difficult to identify or appraise. Later pieces of Fenton glassware often feature a hobnail texture with uniform bumps covering the surface of the glass. This type of glass was a popular seller in the 1940s and later.

Brothers Frank and John Fenton founded the Fenton Art Glass Company in 1905. The company is the largest manufacturer of handmade colored glass in the United States.

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