Grape and Cable - Fenton
A matter of confusion among Carnival Glass collectors is the difference between Fenton's Grape and Cable and that of Northwood. The patterns have the same components, so unless you study the arrangement of the grapes, it's often hard to tell which is which. To begin with, Fenton made only bowls and plates; any other Grape and Cable shapes will be Northwood.

Fenton made Grape and Cable small bowls using three different molds with the Grape and Cable pattern on the interior plus a large fruit bowl and a matching small berry bowl using molds with the Grape and Cable pattern on the outside.

The smallest and most common Fenton bowl is like the one in the upper left. In this case, the edge is distinctive with a sort of bracket effect, also shown in the blue bowl to the right, and they have a collar base.

A second mold was used to make spatula footed bowls like the one pictured in the upper right. Northwood also made spatula footed Grape and Cable bowls and they are almost identical to Fenton's. The best way to tell them apart is to look at the exterior pattern. Northwood's spatula footed bowls have the Meander pattern on the exterior while Fenton's exterior is plain. Notice that these spatula footed bowls have a sawtooth edge.

The least often seen Fenton bowl is the one with smooth ball feet like that to the lower left. It also has a sawtooth edge like Northwood's Grape and Cable. Only Fenton made these small three toed bowls in Grape and Cable

These bowls come in several colors including amber, amberina, amethyst, aqua, blue, blue opal, celeste blue, green, lavender, lime green, marigold, marigold on moonstone, peach opal, powder blue, red, red slag, smoke, teal, vaseline and white. Amberina, blue opal, celeste blue and the reds would be considered the more desirable of the colors.

Occasionally, a plate made from spatula footed mold or, even rarer, from the ball footed or collar base mold is found.

The small three toed bowl with the Persian Medallion pattern on the interior and the Grape and Cable pattern on the exterior is made to be an individual berry bowl to accompany the larger fruit bowls discussed below.

Fenton also made these large fruit bowls that usually have the Persian Medallion interior, though a few are plain inside. Northwood also made two sizes of a large fruit bowl in their Grape and Cable pattern. With the Persian Medallion interior, it is rather easy to tell these Fenton pieces from the Northwood versions which have plain interiors. To tell the difference between Fenton and Northwood fruit bowls if they both have plain interiors, it is easiest to look at the toed feet. Fenton's feet have pronounced ribs while the Northwood feet are smoother.

Whether they're called Grape and Cable to reflect the exterior pattern or Persian Medallion to reflect the interior, these fruit bowls are dramatic products of the glassmaker's art. The bowls are found in two sizes as shown in the photo. The amethyst is the typical size, about 10 inches across and 5 1/2 inches tall. The other is marigold and is the larger size, about 11 inches across and 6 3/4 inches tall.

Often when looking at just a photo of a Fenton fruit bowl it is difficult to determine its size. To learn how to tell the difference between a small and a large Fenton Grape and Cable fruit bowl see here.

Although found primarily in amethyst, blue and marigold, other colors appear on occasion and include; aqua, green, a rare ice green, smoke, teal, vaseline and white.

There are also small berry bowls that match the fruit bowls as they also have the Grape and Cable pattern on the exterior and the Persian Medallion on the interior. These small bowls are typically only found in marigold. The small berry bowls also have the three toed feet.

Some Fenton G&C Fruit Bowls have applied handles such as the one pictured to the left. In additon, some are used as advertising with "Pacific Coast" on an otherwise plain interior.

Occasionally, a tricorner bowl is whimsied from a fruit bowl such as this amethyst example below.