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  • 06 Jul 2011
    Here is the complete press release that went out to media, Fenton clubs, etc. earlier today:FENTON ART GLASS TO CEASE TRADITIONAL GLASS PRODUCTIONAND SHIFT PRODUCT FOCUS(Williamstown, W. Va., July 6, 2011). The Fenton Art Glass Company announced today that it would wind down production of its collectible and giftware glass products. The company has faced financial challenges since its restructuring in 2007, and recent developments combined to force the shutdown of its traditional glassmaking business."The market for our pressed and blown glassware has diminished," company President George Fenton said. "We cannot sustain the overhead costs. Our employees have worked hard and efficiently, so this is a very sad day for us. Shortly, we will begin the process of shutting down our main furnace. Remaining employees will be finishing existing glassware from the company's inventory that will be available through the Fenton Gift Shop as well as the company's web site and Fenton dealers across the country."As a part of winding down the traditional business, Fenton Art Glass is exploring the sales of one or more product lines."We know that our many customers and friends will have questions," Fenton said. "Our web site will be updated regularly beginning the week of July 11." Inquiries regarding sales of equipment and other assets should be directed to Fenton Art Glass at assetinfo@fentonartglass.comManagement at the Fenton Gift Shop is evaluating the impact of the termination of traditional glassmaking at Fenton Art Glass. "The Fenton Gift Shop is in discussions with Fenton Art Glass, the glass manufacturing company, to provide customers with a wide range of samples and special decorations as well as final quantities of limited edition pieces," said Randall Fenton, President of the Fenton Gift Shop. "The annual Tent Sale in Williamstown starts July 8, and the Fenton Gift Shop and the outlet store in Flatwoods, West Virginia, remain open." Founded as a decorating company in Martins Ferry, Ohio, in May 1905 by brothers Frank L. Fenton and John W. Fenton, the Fenton Art Glass Co. constructed its factory in Williamstown during the fall of 1906. The first glass pieces were made there on January 2, 1907. During its 106-year history, Fenton introduced the first iridescent ware (now known as "Carnival glass") as well as classic patterns such as Hobnail and a wide variety of handmade colored art glass as limited editions.
    2080 Posted by Tom Norskov
  • 08 May 2011
    CONGRATS to Dan!!!   Maybe yet today...but certainly by tomorrow.....iAntique will get its 4000th member!!  CONGRATS to Dan  & hoping this is exceeding his expectations for the iAntique site!!!!!!!!
    1100 Posted by Tom Norskov
  • 10 Jan 2011
    If anyone is interested in applying for tickets to this year's Antiques Roadshow events, go online to the website of:  for this.  Good Luck!!
    1015 Posted by Tom Norskov
  • 16 Mar 2011
    Don't overlook the RESOURCES section tab in iAntique located at the upper left side on every iAntique page.  There are well over 350 websites located in this section offering an abundance of information.  Are you looking for information on a specific item or need assistance identifying something........check this section out as there are websites listed covering almost every collecting interest.  Do you have an informative website that other collectors and/or dealers may find useful?  Feel free to add it to the site.  Check it may be surprised at what you will find!!
    869 Posted by Tom Norskov
Question??? 6,989 views Jan 19, 2011


While one of the benefits of this site is to help others with inquiries in regards to items, this assistance will usually come from the assistance of other members. Here are some tips to help you receive a response to your questions.


1. Have you done any research yourself prior to asking for assistance. So often all you have to do is a search in Google (or another search engine) and you may find the answer. Keep your search key words simple. One of the best ways to educate yourself is through your own research.

2. Did you look through the RESOURCES tab at the upper left of the page when you are in iAntique? There are a number of resource sites listed which may help you and this list will be continually added to.

3. Search in sites such as ebay, both in the current and completed auction listings. Don't rely solely on an ebay item's description as being accurate. Too many items are often mis-identified and inaccuractely described, but this can be an additional search source.

4. Don't ask for help on an abundance of items. As any assistance that is shared will most likely be from other iAntique members who are willing to help out when possible, don't abuse this option. Listing a number of items will probably be passed by. Ask on one or two items, then maybe wait awhile before your next inquiry.


5. Provide a detailed description of the item. Measurements or dimensions, any markings, what is it made of, condition, etc. Share as much information about the item as you can. This also includes correct spelling with your inquiry.

6. Photos are a must. Provide good clear photos and include a closeup of any manufacturers marks or labels if possible.

7. What do you know about it?


As I have shared, more than likely the help you will be given will come from another iAntique member who has generously taken the time to do some research and share an answer. Take a few seconds of your time to say "thanks" to them for helping out. Good Luck!


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  • Tom Norskov
    Tom Norskov Claude, I agree completely! The research educates me too and I am more than willing to help if & when I can. I just like to encourage others to do the same....rather than just ask. Sort of goes back to the old saying "You can give a man a fish & feed h...  more
    September 2, 2011
  • Claude Leaman
    Claude Leaman Tom also remember that while you can give a man a fish and feed him, if you teach him to fish he will sit in the boat all day drinking beer.
    September 2, 2011
  • Katie
    Katie Thanks for this post. i think it is great that people can help out here, although i fully agree that everyone should do research themselves first. i really do, do a lot of research on every item i find before asking and sometimes ask anyways, because i mi...  more
    September 23, 2011
  • Tom Norskov
    Tom Norskov'll be there before you know it. We all started at "square one", but you may surprise yourself at how quickly you will start recognizing shapes, colors & qualities of glass, patterns, etc. I'd encourage you to go "old school" and build a li...  more
    September 24, 2011 - 1 likes this