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Offline Glen

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Fenton Art Glass to close
« on: August 09, 2007, 09:42:52 PM »
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Re: Fenton Art Glass to close
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2007, 10:57:24 PM »
Shocking to see them close but inevitable, fentons have always been associated with nice glass.. Shame really, but not unexpected, there seems to have been an art glass explosion of late and the fentons name seems to have depreciated over time. Pity to see them go down the tube.. but two or three years from now I bet they'll be calling themselves fentons fine glass and antiques¬!


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Re: Fenton Art Glass to close
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2007, 10:59:42 PM »
If they go out of buisness dosnt that make them stronger? As a company? I.E: More collectable! As my mentor once told me when it came to art glass, If they're out of buisness then it's all the more collectable.


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Re: Fenton Art Glass to close
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2007, 12:16:49 AM »
I think that if I was a Fenton collector, I might be more than a little worried about the value of my collection.  Fenton has been very proactive in the marking of their glass products.  They actually used it to promote sales to reflect that you were getting a genuine piece of Fenton.  But remember that the most valuable asset of a glass company is their moulds and with the creditors wanting as much money as they can get, those moulds will be sold. Think of what is going to happen when the Fenton moulds are dispersed at auction to glass factories around the world. There is going to be a lot of glass with the Fenton marks coming in from off shore.  I shudder at the thought!

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Re: Fenton Art Glass to close
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2007, 06:38:55 AM »
Thanks, Glen, for giving us this sad news.

Yes, of course you're right Sid, the creditors will insist on the moulds being sold. The best that can be hoped for is that they end up in the hands of some company with a little integrity, who fill in or change the mark. Likelihood?


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Re: Fenton Art Glass to close
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2007, 07:35:02 AM »
Sometimes the molds are bought by the collectors clubs and I think there is a strong Fenton collectors club in the States. I do hope that happens.
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Re: Fenton Art Glass to close
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2007, 07:48:54 AM »
Fenton have many, many, many moulds. More than you could believe. About ten or eleven years ago (when Steve and I were researching for our first book) we spent some time at Fenton's, using their archives and talking to Frank M. and other people in the factory. Frank took us into his store room - it held so many treasures - moulds, glass - so much. Frank even bought more moulds at the L.G. Wright sale (which in itself was a massive event).

FACGA (the Fenton Art Glass Collectors Club) certainly is very big, but .......

It's the saddest day. Not just the glass, but the history, the tradition, so much more than I can say right now.

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Re: Fenton Art Glass to close
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2007, 08:10:44 AM »
If they go out of buisness dosnt that make them stronger? As a company? I.E: More collectable! As my mentor once told me when it came to art glass, If they're out of buisness then it's all the more collectable.

It won't be THEM that will reap any benefits though, will it?  :'(

Collectors may or may not find that the very collectable rarities become more collectable, but any improvement in value won't go anywhere near the company's coffers.


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Re: Fenton Art Glass to close
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2007, 10:41:57 AM »
Glen, very sad news indeed.  :cry:  How many more are we going to see go the same way?   :huh:


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Fenton closing
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2007, 12:33:00 PM »
Dear Readers,
Just thought that some of you might be interested in the Fenton Art Glass Company closing:
http://www.newsandsentinel.com/News/articles.asp?articleID=19058
And evidently there is more to the story than is reported in the press:
http://www.worldcollectorsnet.com/fentonartglass/messages/76.html
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