The Beginning of Fenton Art Glass:
Chemist Jacob Rosenthal was not only responsible for carnival glass, but also chocolate glass and golden agate.
During this time period Fenton also introduced the Hobnail pattern (see below), crested ware, Cranberry glass and baskets.
Fenton describes the milk glass Hobnail as their flagship pattern, popular enough to later be referred to as the company's "bread and butter" line.
100 Years in 2005:
Fenton Art Glass Pictures:
Warman's Fenton Art Glass:
The End of the Line, NOT YET!:
Although Fenton Art Company announced the company would begin ceasing operations in August 2007 (see below), demand from customers and an increase in orders has brought new life to the company.
"We wish to thank our dealers, collectors and neighbors for this surge in orders because these orders have been essential in giving us a chance to continue."
"We currently have about 120 employees, and we want to preserve those jobs," Fenton continued. "The dealer and customer response to the upcoming Spring 2008 product offering will help determine our future. Our company will be smaller than it was, and we will be making and selling fewer items to a smaller group of dealers. Our company will have two divisions: Fenton USA will consist of glass made domestically and Fenton International will consist of glass and non-glass products that are imported. Each brand will be clearly marked."
"To complete the task of saving jobs at Fenton and serving our customers, we will need to reach agreements with our vendors and lenders," Fenton said. "We also appreciate the support and patience they have shown during this difficult time."
Dateline: August 2007:
There are many companies that make it difficult to find out about their company history or past products, not so with Fenton Art Glass. They did everything they could to help and inform collectors.
Fenton Art Glass embraced the Internet with one of the best company web sites for consumers, produced an email newsletter, published several books on different aspects on the company's history, has what USA Today calls one of the ten best factory tours and hosted numerous celebrations for their collectors.
But it wasn't enough.
The Fenton Art Glass Company announced yesterday (August 9, 2007) that it would cease its operations over the next few months.
"This decision was difficult," company President George W. Fenton said. "Since the announcement in June regarding our efforts toward financial restructuring, we took many steps to try to continue the company's operations. Ultimately, those efforts were not successful."
Source: Fenton Art Glass