Fenton Verlys of America Molds
The Societe Holophane Francais was a subsidiary of the Holophane Company, USA. They established a glass company in northern France in 1920 making headlights for the new industry of autos and other vehicles.

In 1925, the Societe Holophane Francais established a subsidiary named Verlys to make art glass vases and bowls. Initially they made blown pieces with several layers of glass. In 1933, they focused on high quality press-molded glass.

They produced clear, frosted, opalescent, and colored items with designs typical of Lalique-style glass of the 1930's. Their designs were naturalistic and included plants, flowers, birds, fish and mermaids. Some pieces had abstract geometrical patterns. Each year they produced a catalog with new designs. Their production normally has a molded signature "Verlys France" or "Verlys Made in France".

In 1935 they established "Verlys of America" in Newark, Ohio. Some of the Verlys molds were supplied from France to this Ohio glass company and thus the same items were then made in both France and in the USA. Verlys of America also designed new molds and thus certain Verlys glass was only made in the USA. Verlys of America signed their pieces with a hand signed "Verlys" in etched script.

Art glass production in both France and the USA stopped during World War II, as the company focused on war time production. After the war, Verlys production decreased in both countries until it ceased altogether in the United States in 1951-52 and in France in the early 1960s.

In 1955 some of the Verlys of America molds were leased to the Heisey Glass Company, also located in Newark Ohio. Heisey produced a limited range of Verlys products until 1957 at which time they returned the molds. Heisey did not sign their Verlys pieces.

In 1966, the Verlys molds were sold to Fenton Art Glass Company. Fenton produced some items using the Verlys molds from then through 2011 when Fenton closed. Fenton did not sign these pieces with a Verlys mark. In 1970, Fenton marked their contemporary carnival Verlys pieces with their standard "Fenton" in an Oval mark. In 1983, Fenton started to use a Scripted Capital "F" in an oval mark which signifies that the molds were not originally Fenton's. However, Fenton did not use this mark on Verlys molds. Fenton's catalogs often did use the term Verlys when listing a piece.

Fenton used at least 12 different Verlys molds to make contemporary carnival glass.

They include seven original Verlys designs from France:
Alpine Thistle Vase
Thistle Vase
Lance Vase
Mermaids Planter
Butterfly Box
Orchid Platter
Vessel of Gems

As well as six molds designed in America:

Flower Planter
Mandarin Vase and Empress Vase
Seasons Vases
Eagle Candlesticks
Fish Bowl

For more information on Verlys of France and Verlys of America, search EBAY for these two books:

"Verlys of France 1935 - 1937" by Wayne and Carole McPeek and "Verlys of America Decorative Glass" by the same authors.

The Spring and Autumn Favrene vase, as shown on the center photo above, was offered in 1998 and limited to 1,350 pieces. The Summer and Winter Favrene vase was issued to be a companion piece to the Spring and Autumn Favrene vase. The Summer and Winter vases are nine inches tall, a Limited Edition of 1000, were introduced in the spring 2006 and retired in December 2006