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Blue milk glass, bicentennial historical collector’s plate made by Fenton with raised scene of George Washington praying before battle. Front reads: “1776-1976. George Washington. Number three in a series of four.”
Back reads: “Once declared, Independence had yet to be won. At Valley Forge during the bitter cold winter of 1777 and 1778, General George Washington and his troops placed their trust in their Creator, then successfully pitted their courage against seemingly overwhelming odds.”
Discoloration from wire hanger – especially on the back. Discounted from $20.00 value to half price special of $10.00! Otherwise in very good condition. No chips or cracks. Producer: Fenton
Fenton Art Glass Company is the largest manufacturer of handmade colored glass in the United States.
The Fenton Art Glass Company was founded in 1905 by Frank L. Fenton and his brother John W. Fenton in an old glass factory building in Martins Ferry, Ohio. They began by painting decorations on glass blanks made by other glass manufacturers. Soon, being unable to get the glass they needed, they decided to produce their own glass. The first glass from the new Fenton factory in Williamstown, West Virginia, was made on January 2, 1907.
Frank L. Fenton’s desire to develop new and unusual colors helped to keep Fenton in the forefront of the handmade art glass industry. During the years from 1905 to the 1920’s, Fenton design was influenced by the artists at Tiffany and Steuben. In late 1907, Fenton introduced ”Iridescent” glass. This glass, now known as ”Carnival” glass, is a popular collectible today. During the 1930’s and 1940’s, Fenton produced practical items, such as mixing bowls and tableware to get through the depression and WWII shortages.
In 1986, the leadership of the company passed on to the third generation, with George W. Fenton, Frank M’s son, taking over as President. Today eight Fenton family members work together along with over 100 employees to create handmade glass artistry that is loved by collectors around the world. Fenton is known for its beautiful colors and patterns. Each piece of glass is an artistic creation by skilled glassworkers and decorators. [From Fenton/Handcrafted American Glass Aristry web page.]