Fenton Art Glass Bells
Tagged: Fenton Art Glass Bells
August 20, 2017 at 3:51 am #25765Carolyn WhitlockParticipant
Fenton Art Glass Bells are very popular among collectors of glass bells. There is a wide variety of shapes, designs, and colors of their molded glass bells that are hand painted and signed by the artist!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fenton_Art_Glass_Company gives a good amount of interesting information about the company that may be of interest to Fenton collectors. I was fortunate to have toured the Fenton Art Glass factory in Williamstown, West Virginia, a few years before they closed in July 2011. It was an interesting experience.
Fortunately, there are several excellent books about Fenton Art Glass on the market that have lots of information for people who collect their glassware including bells. These books can be found on websites of new and used books.
Several years ago, the American television shopping network QVC sold Fenton products and bells were among their items. At http://www.fentonfan.com/webdata/members.html, you will find an informational database intended to help collectors identify Fenton sold through QVC from 1989 to the present. This will help you greatly if you are interested in learning more about your Fenton bells!
If you collect Fenton Art Glass bells, please post some pictures on this forum so you and others can learn more about these beautiful bells! Thanks!
August 22, 2017 at 11:00 am #25778beausoneParticipant
I have found the Fenton Fanatics website quite helpful in identifying & describing my Fenton bells as well as the books that I have. I subscribed to The Glass Menagerie for a while back in the ’90’s, but eventually stopped and threw away what I had. 🙁 Surely wish that I had kept them now! Fenton moved their gift shop to downtown Williamston, and they send out a newsletter: http://www.fentonartglass.com/newsletter/2017/081817.asp It mainly showcases beads & hand-painted items. I still subscribe to it just in case they do a bell. This is a new one that I have added to my collection that may possibly be from the early 1900’s. It’s about 3×4.75 with metal clapper. It is identified as the Daisy Cut bell which is quite different from the Daisy and Button pattern. I got this for a steal, perhaps the vendor didn’t know what they had, or it is not as collectible as the ones in color going for hundreds of dollars. I don’t have the book “Fenton Rarities” by Thomas Smith which may provide more information, but it is on my Christmas wish list.
(P.S. Husband is busy remodeling a bathroom. I need to ask him to make me some more steps for my display cabinets when he is done, and I will be able to take pictures for an article.)
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