Diamond and Rib, Fenton
Diamond and Rib is a somewhat odd name for this pattern. The Rib part of the name is obvious, Diamond refers to the smooth, sort of diamond shaped areas separating the ovals of fine ribs. These ovals were, before the vases were swung, circles of fine ribs, as can be seen in the jardinieres below. In some examples the ovals are so elongated that the pattern is difficult to identify. Diamond and Rib vases can be found in two sizes, standard and funeral. There are actually three different molds for the standard size, with base diameters ranging from 3 to 3 1/2 inches. Two of the molds have three rings of ribbed ovals; one has four rings. Heights for all standard size Diamond and Ribs range from about 6 to about 13 inches. The funeral has a base diameter of 5 1/4 inches and a height range of 17 to more than 21 inches. At left in the left photo is a typical Diamond and Rib vase in marigold. Next to it is an oddly shaped example in purple that sold for $950 in 2000. Diamond and Rib vases have been reproduced. There are a couple of green spittoon shaped whimsies.

Fenton Vases--Variations on a Theme, Part One

Hartung Book 1: Diamond and Rib

Vases, standard size

Amethyst/purple, 25 (2019), 20, 25, 45 (all 2020),
   10, 15, 20, 25 (all 2021)

Amethyst, coke bottle shape, 155 (2016)

Amethyst, bottle neck, 275 (2015)

Amethyst, 6-6 1/2 inch, 165 (2015), 80 (2016),
   85 (2018)

Amethyst, 5-inch, 40 (2021)

Blue, 40 (2017), 15, 20, 25 (all 2020), 15 (2020)

Green, 15, 20, 25 (all 2020), 15, 35, 40 (all 2021)

Green, 6 inch, 75 (2012), 135 (2014), 40 (2016)

Green, 6 inch, pinched in, Engel auction,
   950 (2017)

Green, spectacular, 275 (2004)

Marigold, 10 (2019), 15, 25 (both 2020), 15, 20 (both 2021)

Marigold, 6 1/2 inch, pulled out flames,
   60 (2012), 40 (2015)

Marigold, on Moonstone, 8 inch, 445 (2020)

Olive Green, 40 (2021)

Teal, 20 (2013)

White, 45, 60 (both 2020), 45 (2021)

White, 4 rows of ovals, 5 3/4 inch,
   100 (eBay 2004)
Vases, funeral, 5 1/4-inch base

Amethyst/purple, 1,400 (2019), 800, 900, 1,100 (all 2020)

Blue, 4,500 (2001), 2,300 (2009), 1,500 (2011)

Blue, chip on flute, 1,400 (2016)

Green, 1,450, 2,600 (both 2018), 950 (2021)

Marigold, 525, 650 (both 2020), 1,400 (2021)

Marigold, ruffled top (rare), 1,050 (2016)

This green 4 1/2-inch whimsey from a standard size vase mold sold in 2007 for $2,000. It has a 1911 penny molded into the base. Photo courtesy of Wroda Auctions.

These are the Diamond an Rib jardinieres. Both of these shown have 5 1/4-inch bases--the same as the funeral vases. In fact, the funeral vases were swung from a piece much like that in the rear without the ruffling. The ruffled jardiniere sold for $15,000 in 2005. Another marigold example with straight up sides sold in 2019 for $6,000.
Jardiniere, 5 1/4 inch base

Amethyst, 1,200 (2021)

Amethyst, base crack, 1,550 (2001), 750 (2009), 800 (2012), 1,050 (2017)

Blue, 2 bursts in base, 4,200 (2013)

Green, 5,000 (2007), 3,100 (2010), 1,050 (2012), 5,200 (2013), 2,100 (2017), 2,200, 2,900 (both 2021)

Green, nick side of rib, 2,400 (2016)

Marigold, not ruffled, 3,200 (2006), 2,100 (2008), 2,100 (2010), 2,900 (2011), 1,200, 1,950 (both 2012),
   1,000 (2016), 6,000 (2019)

Marigold, flared (shown above), 15,000 (2005)

What was the purpose of these large, heavy jardinieres? The tall, swung funeral vases were obviously meant to display flowers. But what was the intended use of these unswung pieces? Read Ed Radcliff's fascinating discovery below.

This color insert was originally published in the August 1999 issue of the American Carnival Glass Association newsletter. It is reprinted here with the permission of the author.

Hartung Book Five: Diamond and Rib Jardiniere

Updated 11/16/2021