Fenton "Laurel Leaf"

Items with this little leaf-shaped pattern around the rims are a real glass mystery! Frank M. Fenton could not find any record in the Fenton Art Glass Company files concerning this pattern, but the pieces found with this pattern are obviously of Fenton manufacture. The hexagonal plates are fairly obtainable in the common Florentine Line colors, but other items are tough to obtain.

The name "Laurel Leaf" is one given to this pattern by collectors. The pattern consists of a repeating pair of spear-shaped leaves in an optic form (e.g., made by the plunger, not by a mold base). Since all the items with this pattern are made from typical Fenton molds, but with the pattern, it is possible that this specific pattern was made for a special buyer/distributor or the pattern was not popular and was dropped rather rapidly. The other possibility, since there are Velva Rose and Tangerine pieces, is that this design was made late in Fenton's stretch glass production and production simply stopped as Fenton moved on to new lines.

Since "Laurel Leaf" is a definite pattern, carnival glass collectors often claim the pattern to be carnival glass. The Stretch Glass Society defines stretch glass as items placed by the manufacturer in their line identified as stretch glass (in Fenton's case, the Florentine Line). It is obvious that only the Grecian Gold items in the "Laurel Leaf" pattern have no or poor stretch effect. All other items are regular Florentine Line colors with the stretch effect (e.g., Celeste Blue, Persian Pearl, Velva Rose, Florentine Green, Wisteria, and Tangerine)! Therefore, it seems hard to believe that "Laurel Leaf" was one of Fenton's earlier carnival patterns drafted into use to subsequently make Florentine pieces.

Plates -

Six plates are known with the "Laurel Leaf pattern - a 6 1/4-inch and 8 1/4-inch diameter round form; a 7 5/8-inch and 8 3/8-inch wide (side to side) octagonal salad and sandwich plate; a 10-inch wide round underplate for the cheese and cracker set (see below); and, a large 13-inch wide octagonal plate which appears to have been used as an underplate for the large octagonal bowl.

Round Plate with "Laurel Leaf" pattern in Florentine Green (3 5/8 to 3 3/4-inch ground base, 6 1/4 to 6 3/8-inch wide). Same mold as #680 plate.

Round Plate with "Laurel Leaf" pattern in Persian Pearl (3 5/8 to 3 3/4-inch ground base, 6 1/4 to 6 3/8-inch wide). Same mold as #680 plate.

Round Plate with "Laurel Leaf" pattern in Florentine Green (4 1/4 to 4 3/8-inch ground base, 8 1/4-inch wide). Same mold as #681 salad plate.

Round Plate with "Laurel Leaf" pattern in Wisteria (4 1/4 to 4 3/8-inch ground base, 8 1/4-inch wide). Same mold as #681 salad plate.

Octagonal Plate with "Laurel Leaf" pattern in Celeste Blue (4 3/8-inch ground base, 7 5/8 by 8 1/4-inch wide - sides by corners). Same mold as #756 plate.

Octagonal Plate with "Laurel Leaf" pattern in Velva Rose (4 3/8-inch ground base, 7 5/8 by 8 1/4-inch wide - sides by corners). Same mold as #756 plate.

Octagonal Plate with "Laurel Leaf" pattern in Topaz (4 3/8-inch ground base, 7 5/8 by 8 1/4-inch wide - sides by corners). Same mold as #756 plate.

Octagonal Plate with "Laurel Leaf" pattern in Celeste Blue (5-inch ground base, 8 3/8 by 8 7/8-inch wide - sides by corners). Same mold as #758 plate.

Octagonal Plate with "Laurel Leaf" pattern in Tangerine (3 1/2-inch snap base, 13 by 13 3/4-inch wide - sides by corners). (Tangerine and Celeste Blue plates are the most common ones of this size though a Florentine Green one is known.)

Mayonnaise -

The Fenton #923 mayonnaise form is occasionally found with the "Laurel Leaf" pattern.

Mayonnaise with ladle in "Laurel Leaf" pattern in Celeste Blue (3 3/4-inch base, 5 3/4-inch wide, 3 5/8-inch tall).

Mayonnaise with ladle in "Laurel Leaf" pattern in Topaz (3 3/4-inch base, 5 3/4-inch wide, 3 5/8-inch tall).

Sherbets -

The #103 sherbet is occasionally found with the "Laurel Leaf " pattern. There is likely a sherbet underplate, but none have been seen.

Bowls -

Only a 9-inch wide, octagonal bowl has been found with the "Laurel Leaf" pattern. The same octagonal bowl is also found without the pattern in Florentine Line colors, but we still do not know the number of this bowl! This bowl is only known in Celeste Blue, Tangerine, Persian Pearl, and Grecian Gold.

Sherbet with "Laurel Leaf" pattern in Celeste Blue (3 1/2-inch base, 12 1/4-inch wide, 3-inch high).

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Octagonal Bowl with "Laurel Leaf" pattern in Celeste Blue on black base (3 1/2-inch snap base, 9 3/8 by 9 7/8-inch wide - sides by corners, 4 1/2 to 4 5/8-inch tall).

Cheese & Cracker Set

Both the cheese dish and the plate of this set have the "Laurel Leaf" design. The same base molds as Fenton's #316 cheese and cracker set was used to make this set.

Cheese & Cracker Set with "Laurel Leaf" design in Celeste Blue (dish: 3 3/8-inch base, 4 7/8-inch wide, 3-inch high; plate: 4 1/2-inch snap base, 10-inch wide).