This is a sample of carelessness. This is a pretty little compote that I bought in Waterloo this past weekend. The tag on the compote said that it was a piece of Fenton. I checked the piece for marks, but couldn’t see any. I figured that it might be an older piece of Fenton, if Fenton at all.
Found the pattern – Persian Medallion. The piece I was reading mentioned that this pattern was reproduced in the compote in the eighties. I went back and looked at the stem. Sure enough there was the Fenton mark with the number “8” beneath it. I must have had my thumb on the bottom while looking at it!
I likely would not have purchased it knowing it was made in the ’80s. Oh well. It still is pretty!
When I first posted this in May I couldn’t identify it. I am pleased to be able to do so now. Yesterday I was in Waterloo at the St. Jacobs Antique Store when I picked up the Encyclopedia of Paden City Glass by Carrie and Jerry Domitz. I didn’t necessarily think I had any Paden City glass but I like to be able to recognize pieces that I might buy, or perhaps have.
Lo and behold I saw this etch as I was leafing through the book. I was surprised to discover that it is a needle etch. I thought it likely to be plate etching. The authors say, “This is probably the last pattern that would have been identified as Paden City.” They also say that this pattern is unlike any other done by Paden City.
They just call this piece a tumbler and not a juice glass. Interestingly I came across this etch, only for the second time, in St. Jacobs at an Antique Market. The pieces were stems – sherberts and wines. I looked at them (can’t recall the price, but I think they were costly) but didn’t buy as I don’t like to collect a lot of pieces in a pattern if I don’t know what it is. Now of course, I’d like to have a second look!
These stems aren’t mentioned in the book.
A few weeks ago my hubby and I went on an antiquing adventure. We stopped into a large, multi-vendor shop in Glen Valley (Halton Hills). I wish I could remember the name!
I wandered through this shop. It is large and has something for everyone. I picked up a number of pieces including 6 or 8 of these glasses. I don’t know the etch – have never come across it. It has an art deco appearance.
The vendors were at their booth and I asked if they knew the provenance. The lady said that they had belonged to her mother, but didn’t know anything about them other than they were old.
I have a couple other etches in this size and shaped blank. I assume that they are juice glasses, although I suppose they could be used for liqueurs. They have a subtle optic.
I’m guessing that these are early twentieth century, but really….they could have been made yesterday. Hope someone out there takes pity on me and lets me know!