Good Luck, Fenton

From The Encyclopedia of Carnival Glass Lettered Pieces, by John Resnik, 1989.

Collectively I receive more questions about the Fenton Good Luck than any other single lettered piece. This is due, in part, to the fact many collectors have never seen one. Also, because of the proliferation of the Northwood variety, there appears to be an expectation for them to be similar. The differences are legion, as attested by the ensuing pictures.

I confess that I was in somehat of a quandary about where to place this item, as it does not fit succinctly into any one category. It is my suspicion that this pattern commemorates nothing more than an attemp to capitalize on a popular theme of the times.

In certain circles, much has been made of the fact that the horseshoe is depicted upside down. According to legend, this orientation causes "Good Luck" to run out. Some people feel so strongly about this that they display their pieces oriented with the horseshoe right side up, which of course makes the writing upside down!

ADDENDUM: Once again we have a utilization of the Heart & Vine pattern, only this time in the bowl shape. Fenton certainly got their moneys' worth out of this mold.

This pattern, also known as "Heart and Horseshoe," is found only in the eight ruffle shape shown here. It is estimated that approximately 20-30 of these items have survived.

Fenton made its own version of Good Luck, but used its Heart and Vine pattern. Seldom seen and very desirable. Found only in marigold bowls. Also called Heart and Horseshoe.

Hartung Book Three: Heart and Horseshoe

Marigold, 1,300 (2021),
   1,600, 2,400 (both 2022)

Marigold, Christina Katsikas auction,
   1,100 (2020)

Marigold, from Poucher collection,
   1,000 (2021)

Northwood Good Luck

Updated 12/4/2022