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Fenton Art Glass
by: John Valentine

This article is on the Fenton Christmas series of 12 plates. Each plate is 7 3/4" in diameter and was done in the amethyst glass with the carnival iridescence. In the center of each plate is a picture a Church represented, and around the exterior is a band of Holly leaves & berries making up the border, you will also find the year the plate was made depicted on the front of each one. The back of the plate has a brief history of the Church represented and the Fenton trade mark along with the number in the series. Each year starting in 1970 there was a different plate made, at the end of each year the moulds to that plate were destroyed creating an ever growing demand for the plates with the passage of time.



#1 Christmas in America 1970. The theme of the first collectors plate, in the newly introduced series of Fenton Christmas Plates is "The Little Brown Church in The Vale" Bradford, Iowa. Fenton chose this famous little church because they felt it to be particulary in depecting the feeling of Christmas in America. The back of the plate is inscribed with Christmas in America #1 and the verse of the "Little Brown Church in The Vale" which went like this; There is a church in the valley by the wildwood. No loveier spot in the vale. No place is so dear to my child hood as the little brown church in the vale. William S. Pitts 1865. $25.00 - $40.00
#2 Christmas in America 1971. The old Brick Church built in 1631, this building has the distinction of being the oldest house of worship still standing in the original coloines. It is the oldest Protestant Church in America and the only colonial Gothic Church in use to-day. Isle of Wright County, Virgina. $25.00 - $40.00
#3 Christmas in America 1972. "The Two Horned Church" In 1796 in Marietta, Ohio was the first settlement in the northwest territory, a body of Christian people banned together to form what is now the First Congregational Church. This church group is the oldest continuos worshipping fellowship west of the Alleghenies. In 1809 after holding services for 13 years in the blockhouse on the river bank or were ever expedient the congregation dedicated it first permanent home of a large frame church with its two tall towers."The Two Horned Church" or the pioneer church as it is sometimes called, served the religious needs of its people for nearly a century. The original frame structure burned in 1905 and the present brick structure patterned after it was built on the same location and dedicated one year latter, the two horned church received its distinctive name from rivermen who watched for the lights from its tall twin spears against the sky. A landmark they could see for miles, it also was a comforting refuge for many pioneers whose spiritual needs were greatly magnified by the ever present cruel dangers they faced in their daily struggle to survive in a hostile land. $25.00 - $40.00
#4 Christmas in America 1973. " St. Marys of the Mountains" the Cathedral of the Comstock stands today as a glorious monument to the energy zeal and perseverance of the men and women of the Comstock Lode ers built 1868, burned 1875, rebuilt 1876 Virginia City, Nevada. $25.00 - $40.00
#5 Christmas in America 1974. "The Nation Church" Philadelphia. Christ Church the scene of the past revolutionary organization of the Episcopal Church had in the congregation many historic American figures including Washington, Franklin, Robert Morris, Betsy Ross, and Francis Hopkinson. Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1695. $25.00 - $40.00
#6 Christmas in America 1975. "St. Johns Church" Birth place of liberty. Richmond Virginia. From this historic Church in Richmond, Virginia, Patrick Henry delivered his impassioned speech "Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death". This stirring oration has been called the rallying cry of the revolution. St. Johns Church was chosen as a part of a general Bicentennial commemoration. $25.00 - $40.00
#7 Christmas in America 1976. "The Old North Church" built in Boston Massachusetts. The lantern displayed in the steeple of Christ Church on April 18, 1775 started Paul Revere and William Dowes on their midnight ride to warn the country of the march of the British troops to Lexington and Concord. $25.00 - $40.00
#8 Christmas in America 1977. "San Carlos Borromen De Carmelo" The second of a series of 21 Franciscan Missions founded over 200 years ago in what is now the state of California. It was first established at the Presidio of Monterey on June 1, 1770, by Father Junipiso Serra. Church located at Carmel, California. $25.00 - $40.00
#9 Christmas in America 1978. "The Church of the Holly Trinity" Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. O little town of Bethlehem how still we see thee lie, this famous Christmas Christmas Carol was written by the reverend Phillip Brooks. During his ministry at the church of the "Holly Trinity" in Philadelphia in the year 1868. $25.00 - $40.00
#10 Christmas in America 1979. "San Jose of Miguel De Aguayo" Founded in San Antonio, Texas in the year of 1720. "The Queen of all Missions of the new Spain". In the point of beauty, plain and strength. Father Merfi 1777. $25.00 - $40.00
#11 Christmas in America 1980. "Christ Church" Alexander, Virginia. Protestant Episcopal completed 1773. This historic house of worship the home church of President George Washington and General Robert Lee, has heard prayers of many United States Presidents, Statesmen and foreign leaders. "Christ Church" Alexander, Virginia was brought into being during that period in our history when our great nation was being transmitted from hope to happening. This magnificent church stands today, more then 200 years later, as a far reaching testimony to the faithful who in prayerful thanksgiving, gave to their liturgical rituals and litanies, so pleasing a shelter. $25.00 - $40.00
#12 Christmas in America 1981." San Xavier de Bac". No one knows just when the first settlers paused beside the running water of the desert, permanent water is the magnet that draws life. Plants flourish attracting the animals which man has transformed into food, clothing, tools, and shelter to fulfill his needs. So evolved the village of Bac. The place where the water appears "The Santa Cruz River emerges here from its subterranean canal to generate life in the desert. In 1692 Father Francisco Kino, a Jesuit from the Italian alps arrived at Bac to introduce Christianity to the Piman Indians nation, of which the Papagos at Bac to-day are still a part in 1700, he laid the foundation for the first church and named it San Francisco Xavier, giving birth to the name we use today. The primitive church was completed in 1760 by a Jesuit successor to Kino in 1767 the Jesuit Order was expelled from Spanish empire. $25.00 - $40.00

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