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    Posted 4 months ago

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    This Fenton cranberry Daffodil Vase is 7.5" high x 6" widest diameter and weighs 2 lbs and 4 ounces. There is a very (VERY) faint Fenton mark on the bottom only discernible if you know exactly where to look for it. It is also marked with a sandblasted star which indicates it is a factory second. I am not sure what the defect is with this vase, perhaps the lack of an apparent Fenton mark? It may be from an older mold and lacks sufficient definition? There are some stress marks circling the base of the fluting at the top of the vase. Is this normal? I don't know. For a Fenton inspector something about it may have screamed "Defective!!!" from several feet away, but not to me.

    I have a very fine, but larger, example of one of these vases, but didn't want to dig it out for comparison. That is why I recognized the vase in this post as possibly by Fenton.

    This is the first time that have encountered such piece and became aware of the existence of Fenton factory seconds which had an apparently short history starting in the early 1990s. This sandblasted star was used only from June 1996 to July 1998. After that time a sandblasted "F" was used until Fenton closed. A stylized "S" was used before the star mark. Seconds were apparently either donated to local charities or sold in the Fenton gift shop.

    Guessing factory seconds were determined to not be perfect, or up to Fenton's quality standards, but still of sufficient quality to allow them to live and not be broken up for re-smelting to make other glass objects. I wonder what Fenton did with imperfect pieces before 1990? Maybe this was a cost saving measure as most American art glass makers were suffering from foreign competition at this time?

    Here are some good sources of information about Fenton Factory seconds:

    It makes me want to go back through my other Fenton pieces and unidentified pieces I thought were Fenton and see if I have more of these.

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    1. Newfld Newfld, 4 months ago
      Fabulous Fenton cranberry vase, it's gorgeous & love the daffodil pattern
    2. kwqd kwqd, 4 months ago
      Thanks for your comments, Jenni. These daffodil vases of some of my favorite Fenton production pieces. Do I recall correctly that cranberry glass is one of your favorites?

      Thanks for loving my vase BHIFOS and Jenni!
    3. kwqd kwqd, 4 months ago
      Thanks for taking a look at my Fenton factory seconds vase Cisum, Kevin, jscott0363, AdeleC and dav2no1!
    4. kwqd kwqd, 4 months ago
      Thanks for loving my Fenton factory second vase Vynil33rpm, vcal and Watchsearcher!
    5. kwqd kwqd, 4 months ago
      Thanks for loving my vase Alfie21!
    6. kwqd kwqd, 4 months ago
      Thanks aura and blunderbuss2!
    7. kwqd kwqd, 4 months ago
      Thanks Karen and Gillian!
    8. kwqd kwqd, 4 months ago
      Thanks Gillian!
    9. kwqd kwqd, 4 months ago
      Thank you JimmyHall!
    10. kwqd kwqd, 4 months ago
      Thanks Blammoammo!
    11. kwqd kwqd, 4 months ago
      Thanks for loving my Fenton vase HelloBoysandGirls!

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