|Dragon and Lotus - Fenton|
|Circular medallions alternatingly filled with dragons or lotus blossoms form an outer band around a central design of four flowers radiating from the center. The pattern is found in bowls and plates and both have two versions; collar base or spatula footed. Collar base bowls are found with edge treatments of 3n1, CRE, flared, ICS or 6 and 8 ruffle. Spatula footed bowls are either ICS or are 8 ruffled. Bowls measure 7 to 9 inches depending on their shaping. Plates are about nine inches across. All Dragon and Lotus pieces have a plain exterior and a sawtooth edge.
This pattern is seen in perhaps the widest range of colors of any carnival glass pattern, including this red in an ice cream shape as shown on the left. On the right is a ruffled green version. To see the many colors this item has sold in, please visit Hooked on Carnival Glass's pricing database.
Although it is plain to see that the molds used to make these pieces used two verisons to create the exteriors as one has a collar base and the other has spatula feet. It would seem that the interior of both these versions would have used the same mold, however there are slight differences that tell us that two unique molds were also used to make the interiors. One interior mold made the collar base pieces and another interior mold made the spatula footed pieces. Thus the collar base and spatula footed pieces were made entirely by different molds. The most obvious difference is in the number of toes that appear on the dragons feet. Four dragons appear on all pieces. On the collar based pieces, each dragon has eight toes; four on each foot. On the spatula footed pieces; two dragons have eight toes and two dragons have nine toes. One of the dragons with nine toes has the extra toe on the upper foot while the other dragon has it on the lower foot. Other differences can be seen if one looks closely.
The photos below show these toes. The photo on the left shows a dragon from a collar base bowl having eight toes; four toes on each foot. The photos in the center and on the right show the toes of both dragons on a spatula footed bowl having the nine toes; one with five on the upper foot and one with five on the lower foot.