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Lisa Quinn, Concord, NC

Fenton - Coming in June 2017 Roselane (Victorian era) to Peachlene (Mid Century "error") to Rosalene (1976 -78 Success!)

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Over a 1000 Piece Inventory of "cabinet quality" Fenton "only 290 listed" Send Message to view rest!


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About Us
A Collector since 1977 and Buyer and Seller, since 2007, of vintage, antique and contemporary Fenton Art Glass, 19th C. Edwardian Period glass, Mt. Washington Glass Company, 19th C. Thomas Webb & Sons, England, 19th C. Harrach, and Kralik, Czech glass companies.

Before the end of WWII, the US was considered the largest importers of Czechoslovakian glass. We imported our chandeliers and glass buttons from them. If considering a purchase of a chandelier, look first at antique or vintage Czechoslovakian "prior to the 1945" made chandeliers. They are by far still the best made. The store stocks for sale antique and vintage Dugan & Diamond, Northwood, Millersburg and Fenton Carnival Glass Bowls. (1905 to 1929). There are also figurines, pedestal eggs, vases, pitchers and ewers. I carry an inventory over 1,000 pieces of Fenton, all chosen because they are in "flawless" condition, what I refer to as cabinet pieces, not pieces purchased from another seller who sells by the bin full. I want to offer an investment grade piece and it does not sell for pennies on the dollar, unless you are buying it from a bin. Also, listed are antique R. S. Prussia bowls, antique Nippon, vintage French, Austrian, and German Majolica plates, retired Royal Doulton Lady Figurines, dated and signed, and hand blown art glass from contemporary masters, like Jean Claude Navaro (Deceased, 2014), known as the "King of Glass", who was commissioned to work in Dubai for the King for two years. There is a Navaro Studio in Dubai with over 1,000 of his pieces. Wes Hunting's art sculptures are also represented. He has been professionally hand blowing art glass in the US for over 30 years! The Wes Hunting: Colorfield Vase, 1st made in 1984, is be listed in the shop.There is a cobalt and crystal perfume bottle from Romanian artist Tamion,.
Most of the Fenton Art Glass in the store is Limited Edition series, (100 pc to 2500 pc series) Connoisseur Collections, QVC, Museum Collections, Historic Collections and more from the Fenton Rarity Collection.

Posted 5/1/2017

In the shop, there is listed for sale some excellent pieces of Fenton milk glass, "Peach" , "Silver Crest" and the rare "Crystal Crest", blanks that the founder of Fenton had decorated by Abels, Wasserberg & Company, aka, AWCO. This is most definitely a group of decorated glass items that are starting to recover from depreciation due mostly to poor selling practices on the world's largest internet selling platform. The other reason for depreciation is the change in the type of buyer. Like the uninformed seller who under prices a collectible, selling and causing its depreciation, today's buyers are not informed enough from reading the listings made by sellers to entice the new and younger group of buyers. If today's younger buyers understood a purchase of an investment grade collectible today could well yield them a 300% return in 5 years, like it or not, - taste wise, they would buy it and store it in a box. Without Social Security, pensions, great paying jobs and, therefore, little savings for new buyers in the future, what are these young buyers going to live on at age 65. *** Sellers need to stop making excuses for dropping their prices, redo their research and incorporate it into their listings and selling their products as the investment grade items that they are.


How informative are the large hard back current price guide books? Look at the author(s) bibliography. If they are writing about Fenton Art Glass but have books on Elegant Glass, Opalescent Glass, etc. as their accolades, then these references are meaningless to proving their knowledge of Fenton Art Glass. Eliminate these. If the authors reference John Walk's books, then buy John Walk books. He is the consummate authority on Fenton Art Glass. Any reference to e-mails from principles of the now defunct Glass Co. are worthless. John Walk's price guides of 2007 are still valid. As said above, the only reason for any depreciation is seller lacking knowledge getting their hands on investment grade items and selling them for pennies on the dollar.

Back to AWCO, it was in business for over 30 years until 1970. Walter Abels, greatly expanded the company during WWII, 1943, Green St. NY, NY, with showrooms in Chicago and L.A. Because of the war in Europe, the US glass making companies were unable to decorated the blanks because we relied heavily on the European artists and the European glass makers who exported their decorated goods. America, at this point in time, lacked the artistic talent in many areas of art. These exports, as mentioned above, were shut down due to the war, but the European artists escaped to the US to avoid persecution and of course death and starting decorating our blanks here in America.

AWCO, and one of US's largest box corporation who funded the start-up of the Art Institute of Chicago along with the head of the Art Dept for 30 years at Harper's Bazaar hired these artists to do work in our factory shops, teach art and design in our art schools, and illustrate war posters for the US government to help convince US citizen that we could not sit out WWII. The European artists did all the illustrations on our top fashion magazines covers since 1939. If you look at the prices of the these old fashion magazines from 1939 through 1945, and if the covers have been illustrated by the likes of French artist, Paul Cassandre' or German artist, John Ernst, these magazines are very expensive. Why? These guys were great artists in their own right. Abels, Wasserberg & Co. hired about 55 European artists, set up a factory shop for decorating and had them decorate glass blanks with the Charleton Rose Line. Now, these were "experienced" artists but Walter Abels still insisted they be trained for 18 months on the Charleton Rose Line before even working in the factory on pieces for sale. Through great advertising and workmanship, AWCO artists decorated for Fenton, Duncan and Miller, Consolidated, Westmoreland, Cambridge, Fostoria, Aladdin, etc. Frank M. Fenton took a cranberry hobnail lamp shade to Walter Abels to convince him to take on this Fenton glass item. Why? AWCO's artistic reputation was superior to Fenton's and Frank was selling the lamp shade for a lot of money. He wanted to be certain of sales. * Be aware: Beth Weissman, founder of BWCO, also bought blanks from Frank Fenton somewhat copied the Charleton Rose Line. Although they are still great pieces of Silver Crest, they are not AWCO and do not have the same value. BWCO identifiers are 3 gold tear drops above and below the rose flower and the gaudy red rose color painted on the milk glass for the rose flower.

***My listed prices will not be the cheapest you will find. **But remember, if you shop bargains on investment grade glassware, all the transactions are recorded, digitally sent to price guide authors and websites. These transaction amounts are sorted on Excel software by item and simply averaged and a new price is established. The ridiculously high and low dollar amounts are not eliminated and it mathematically depresses the average price. Nothing has changed of significance in investment grade glass items. Except they are older and fewer in supply because of breakage. (This is great). Low supply = (market for demand through education) and get a higher price. Their prices should never be falling. Only the lack of supervised selling where these items can be sold for pennies on the dollar and get recorded has caused the drastic fall of investment value.

Buy smart! Purchase Michael and Lori Palmer's, The Charleton Line, Schiffer Publishing. Used $13 dollars - Amazon

*************************************************1985 to WWI (1914) Opalescent Glass with or without Uranium ****************************************************

Look for Victorian (to 1885) and Edwardian Period glass (1885 - 1914 Beginning of WW1) - namesake, Prince Edward, son of Queen Victoria) canary yellow uranium glass, up to 1905. In 1905 and after, US glass making companies started adding opalescent glass (layering translucent glass with transparent glass in mold with uranium glass. In 1930, US glass making companies began the addition of iron oxide which resulted in a green tinted yellow uranium glass coined by public as "Vaseline" Glass. Great deals for feedback customers in my store. If you are a collector, you understand that Vaseline glass did not exist until 1930.

To be technically correct, glass with uranium made prior to 1905 was identified as canary yellow uranium glass. After 1905, it became canary yellow opalescent uranium glass and in 1930 with the addition of iron oxide, the uranium glass was named Vaseline glass.

In 1905, US glass makers start layering translucent glass on top of transparent glass in the pressed molds and re-firing the glass to create canary yellow "opalescent" uranium glass. And as mentioned above, Vaseline glass did not start into production until 1930 in the US. Just the addition of iron oxide, as a colorant, made the glass appear green tinted. *Iron oxide is used today as a colorant in our prescription medications.

Uranium "fluoresces" under long wave ultra violet light or (in layman terminology) glows yellow or green-yellow under a black light because of "its chemistry" and not due to the radio active isotopes in the uranium. Meaning: the electrons from each atom of uranium that orbit around the neutron and protons jiggle when exposed to UV long wave light or black light, (including daylight). This is perceived by our brains through our optic nerves as brightly glowing yellow or yellow green tinted glass. Other glass that contains uranium is satin white glass, green opalescent glass, blue opalescent glass and Burmese glass. Ruby Lane has all the glass containing uranium under the search term:Vaseline glass. Fenton Glass Company was the only glass company to start making glass with uranium in 1907, however, they called the glass Topaz Opalescent.

Most of the uranium put into clear molten glass by US and Czech glass makers had a very low Geiger counter reading of about 300 to 400. English glass, i.e. Cambridge, had readings of around 1300. One would have to take a sharp knife and splay glass fragments with it continuously over a long period of time breathing in glass fragments, in order to be exposed to the radio active isotopes. (Not likely to happen.) Additionally, without the readings, one can assume that the uranium was depleted of radioactive isotopes before it was added to molten clear glass. **There is a great $14 dollar black light on Amazon - the Goliath Industry UV Handheld 51 LED Flashlight. It has a waffle lens, it's 6 inches in length, and it is weighted so the user is less likely to drop it. The waffle lens appears to create more shimmering of the uranium glow than an ordinary lens cover making the glow brighter which is good for taking digital images. I like this flash light a lot.


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Lisa Quinn
4163 Bristol Place NW
Concord, NC 28027

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