Vintage Fenton Blue Opalescent "No Opalescent" Hobnail - Mini Cream and Sugar #3900
Glass is so interesting. Here is some history about Fenton's opalescent colors during the World War II Era.
In researching this sweet little Mini or Individual cream and sugar set, I found that during the WWII years of 1942-1945 Fenton Glass continued to make the Blue Opalescent line even though there was a shortage of bone ash. Bone ash is part of the formula which makes the glass opalescent in accented areas. The result is that not only during those years was Blue Opalescent not available, the glass was actually clear light blue with no opalescence but, they didn't change the name. The clear blue is much harder to find than the opalescent pieces, due to the short manufacturing period.
Apparently the blue wasn't the only war casualty either. The Opalescent Green hobnail was clear green during those years and Ivory Crest and Topaz Opalescent hobnail were also casualties.
The total years of production for Blue Opalescent hobnail was 1940 - 1954 and 1959 - 1961.
Reference: "Fenton Glass Compendium 1940-1970" by John Walk, Pages 85 and 131 - 132. No Book Values for the clear blue items were established in John Walk's book at the time of publication. I have this set listed at $35.00 which is approximately the same as the pieces with the opalescent edges that were made before and after 1942-1945.
CONDITION: Free from any damage and no flaws.
SIZE: Sugar - 1-7/8" tall X 2-3/8" bowl body OD X 3-5/8" Handle to Handle OD. Creamer - 1-7/8" Tall X 2-1/2" bowl OD X 3-5/8" from spout to Handle OD.
Extra nice little set, almost child size.
Perfect to use or display.
Thanks for looking.
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