handles requires a great deal of skill. There's less than 30
seconds to attach and shape a handle before the glass cools
down and is no longer workable.
In the 1950s, company President Frank M. Fenton and his
brother Bill Fenton, Vice-President, decided that each Fenton
basket handler should have a distinctive mark so collectors
could identify the artisan who created their basket.
These marks are impressed at the
base of each side of the basket handle. We currently have five
skilled basket handlers at Fenton.
Featured below are our handler's marks,
accompanied by their employment dates.
For more information on
creating Fenton handles,
To read about Fenton's
first basket handler, Frank O. Myers,
To see the production
steps involved in making our 6" 2010 Spring Family Signing Event
Exclusive Rosalene Basket, click here.