International Carnival Glass Association Shapes Series • March 2005
Orange Tree By Richard Cinclair Photographs by David Doty
Orange Tree is to Fenton as Grape and Cable is to Northwood. That is, both were the pattern made most by their respective companies. Dave Doty, over a ten-year period of time, recently noted that Grape and Cable (only the Northwood version) accounted for 5.6 percent of all of the pieces sold at auction. In the same period of time Orange Tree amounted to 2.2 percent of the pieces auctioned. Another Fenton product, Holly accounted for 2 percent. There are only around twenty different specific pieces made in the Orange Tree pattern ranging from a small compote to a punch set. Grape and Cable, on the other hand, has double the number of shapes as well as added variety in stippling, multiple sizes, and different edges. Orange Tree certainly participated in the use of a variety of colors ranging from the rare celeste blue to
brilliant red. It should be noted, since Grape and Cable has been compared, that Northwood was out of business by the time that red was made leaving Fenton to produce well over 95% of the red. An interesting question that could be asked of Fenton is “why were there only a few pieces of celeste blue made?” I suspect that we could conjecture that it was an experimental color as was aqua opalescent. However, a dominant color in Carnival Glass through out the era was amethyst yet there are precious few pieces of Amethyst Orange Tree. How many amethyst plates, hatpin holders, powder jars, loving cups or punch sets have you seen? I have never seen an amethyst punch set. Green is another common color seen sparingly in Orange Tree. Regardless, Orange Tree is a great pattern with lots of great shapes, as you will see in this insert.
Plates The nine-inch plate is moderately common in white, marigold and blue. Other colors include aqua opal, amethyst, emerald green, ice green, and green. Some of the plates have the tree trunk center where the trunk starts in the central part of the plate, skipping under the interior band and then going into the tree. An ice green plate reportedly sold privately in 2001 for $25,000.
Photographs © David Doty
The feet on all of the Orange Tree hatpin holders are especially vulnerable on both the bottom with the sharp pointed toe as well as the little scroll also located on the foot. Chips are common. Blue and marigold are the two commonly found hatpin holders but they are rarely found in amethyst, white and green.
The Orange Tree punch sets were produced only in one size. They are commonly found in blue, marigold and white although a rare green example sold in 1996 at auction. It had a flared top and it brought $7,000. Perhaps the most interesting fact is that if you are not familiar with the punch bowl bottom, you might pass it by or you might think you had just discovered a great new pattern. It really does not look like what you would think Orange Tree would be.
Both the pitcher and the tumblers have a sharp toe like the hatpin holder, which, of course, created high potential for damage. Again, the color also is limited to blue, marigold, and white. The marigold sets are sometimes found in a magnificent marigold we now call “pumpkin.”
The Loving Cups was probably inspired by the silver trophies of the day. The two handles are elegant but also vulnerable. Interestingly, this rather intricately designed piece of glass comes in a wide variety of colors. The most common, of course is blue, marigold and white. An aqua opal example sold at the 1999, Whitely auction for $15,000 as did a peach opal piece ($7,000). An ice blue example has been reported! At another auction in 1999 an electric blue Loving Cup brought a whopping $2,400 because of its intense beauty. The same piece brought $2,750 at the 2003 ICGA auction.
Nappy from punch cup Whimsied from an Orange Tree punch cup, this nappy may be the only one known. Courtesy of Grace Rinehart.
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Footed Fruit Bowl or Orange Bowl
Table Sets Table sets are not common and any of the table sets pieces that are without damage are even harder to find. These pieces have the pointed toes and are often damaged. Colors include blue, marigold and white with a couple of gorgeous pieces in celeste blue.
This bowl is typically a 10- or 11-inch bowl with three feet. The two common colors are blue and marigold. Both amethyst and green rarely are found.
Bowls Most of the 8 to 9â€? bowls are ruffled, a few are round, and once in awhile a bowl with a three in one edge is found. Colors include a wide variety including amber, amethyst, blue, powder blue, celeste blue green, lavender, marigold, moonstone, red and white. Both celeste and red bowls bring high prices.
The wine glasses have been found in aqua, blue, green, marigold and vaseline. A number of the wines have had names or names of towns etched on them. Green is the hardest to find. A second mold was made and a band just above the pattern was added; the price does not vary much. HOACGA reproduced the wines in a number of colors around 2000 and gave them out at their banquet.
Berry Sets Orange Tree berry set pieces (large and small bowls) were made from their own unique molds sporting four feet much like those on the water set pieces. Found in blue, marigold, and white.
Mugs There are two sizes to the Orange Tree mug. The smaller size has a 21â „2inch base while the larger, often times called a shaving mug, has a 3-inch base. Both sizes come in a variety of colors including red and Vaseline. The sides may be straight or flared. Red slag has also been found occasionally. This one is in the rare aqua Opal.
Vase whimsey This blue vase was made from the base of a punch set. There are perhaps two or three known.
Whimsied Hatpin Holder
Syrup or Jug This blue syrup or small jug is a true whimsy made from an Orange Tree mug. It sold at auction in 2003, for $5,000. Fenton like the other producers took regular pieces and whimsied them into totally different shapes.
Pictured is a beautiful blue Orange Tree hatpin holder that was whimsied at the top by pulling up the top and then turning the flames into a propeller like top. This is the only one like this that has been reported. The value would only be conjecture but it sure would be fun to see a piece like this go up for auction!
Orange Tree Orchard Although the name of this third pattern of orange tree can easily be confused with Orange Tree and Orange Tree Scroll, the shape of the pitcher is distinctively different. Again Fenton used marigold and blue but then added a third color, white. Pictured are a blue pitcher and one tumbler.
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Orange Tree Scroll Fenton expanded the Orange Tree line when it created the Orange Tree Scroll pattern. Pictured is a blue tankard and tumbler. The tree is certainly an orange tree and there is significant scrolling both above and below the tree. This water set only came in blue and marigold.