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Fenton Carnival Glass "Craftsman in America Series" No. 7: Colonial Gunsmith
Beginning in 1970 Fenton produced a series of Amethyst Art Glass Plates celebrating Craftsmen in America. The leaf and floral trim and the scenes on each plate are raised. On the reverse is text commemorating the portrayed craft and its history. The date the plate was manufactured and the Fenton logo are also in raised lettering on the back. As is typical of Carnival Glass, the "Amethyst" Art Glass has a reflective and luminescent quality.
All of the plates in this shop from this series are the same colors. This one photographed in natural daylight picks up the true colors better than the plates photographed under artificial lighting. The colors are predominantly a deep dark blue with hues of purple, gold, and green.
This 8 1/4" plate was handmade by Fenton Glass in 1976 and is considered number 7 in the series. The plate celebrates the craft of gun making during the Colonial Period and commemorates a Colonial Gunsmith; Philip Lefevre. He operated a gunsmithery in Lancaster, Pennsylvania from 1731 to 1766. The plate is in Excellent Condition without issues. The Fenton label remains intact on the back. The plate is heavy glass weighing 1 pound 8 ounces before packaging.
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Lisa Brightwell, Mechanicsville, MD
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