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Itís truly scrumptious and thereís no doubt about it. Yes, Carnival Glass is fabulous stuff to start with, but add one of those tightly ruffled edges and letís face it; youíve got a mouth-watering effect. Itís as sweet as can be. But how easy is it to find this kind of edge? And what factories made it? And what was it called by the glass-makers who produced it? Letís get the answers to these questions and enjoy a taste of some delectable Carnival glass pieces at the same time.

The Fine Crimp Edge
A few years ago we talked to the late Frank M Fenton about his factoryís production of this distinctive edge shaping. Although many Carnival collectors refer to it as a Candy Ribbon Edge (or a Ribbon Candy Edge) Frank told us that Fenton called it a Fine Crimp Edge. There are other names for it too: sometimes people refer to it as a Tight Crimp Edge or Continuous Crimping / Ruffling.

A 1909 ad in the Butler Brothers catalogs that showed three bowls from Fenton in the Stippled Rays pattern. Described as a "Venetian Art" Iridescent Footed Fruit Bowl Assortment, you'll see that see that two of the bowls have the Tight Crimp Edge (on the left and on the right).

Whatever your choice of name for it, itís a gorgeous effect - its tight, sinuous curves belie the fragile brittleness of the glass.

Checking through Butler Brothers catalogs dating back to 1909 we found the first ad to carry an illustration of a bowl with a Fine Crimp Edge was Fentonís Stippled Rays. The bowl shown had 32 tight ruffles or crimps. It started us looking back through the old catalogs and we discovered that only a handful of patterns were shown with this kind of crimp treatment - and 32 tight, regular crimps seemed to be the standard number mostly used. Judging by the Butler Brothers ads, bowls with this edge were on offer mainly between 1910 and 1912.

Courtesy of Steve Fink, this is the splendid Peacock and Grape bowl that he has recently found. Fenton's Captive Rose bowl in green with a magnificent Tight Crimp Edge.

Fenton were undoubtedly the main manufacturer to offer the Fine Crimp Edge, but Dugan also used it on some pieces, while Millersburg attempted a rather looser version of the tight crimping.

The Process at Fenton
Frank Fenton explained to us how Fenton produce the Fine Crimp Edging. The hot glass is snapped up and pushed down onto the open bottom section of a shaped apparatus known as ďthe crimpĒ (which would have been operated by a foot pedal in the early days of Carnival production). The top part of this machine then closes down onto the piece to form the distinctive edge. Itís a skilled process - the real trick is to center the bowl onto the apparatus. Get it off center, and you can imagine the resultís not too pleasing.

Fenton's Ten Mums bowl in green with a magnificent Tight Crimp Edge. Millersburg's ZigZag in an amethyst tricorner shape with a Tight (though not as tight as some) Crimp Edge.

So What Patterns can be found with the Fine Crimp Edge?
Arguably one of the hardest to find is Fentonís Peacock & Grape. An amazing example of this beauty, with a splendid Fine Crimp Edge, has just been reported by wwwcga member, Steve Fink. As you can see in his lovely photo of the bowl, the iridescence is (in Steveís own words) ďmarigold around the crimping, and electric pastel coloring in the main bodyĒ. Only one other example of a Fine Crimp Edge Peacock & Grape is currently known - and that resides in the splendid collection of Bob Grissom.

Other Fenton patterns known on bowls with the Fine Crimp Edge are:

Autumn Acorns
Captive Rose
Coin Dot
Feathered Serpent
Goddess of Harvest
Heart & Vine
Peacock Tail
Persian Medallion
Ribbon Tie
Stippled Rays
Thistle
Ten Mums
Vintage

The back of a wwwcga commemorative whimsey - this is a red plate with a Tight Crimp Edge. A red wwwcga commemorative whimsied into a rose bowl with a Tight Crimp Edge.

Dugan, as we noted above, also used the Fine Crimp Edge on some bowls, and they too, usually employed 32 tight ruffles. On some of their small bowls this really does have an astonishing effect. Patterns we have noted are:

Caroline
Cherries
Fishscale & Beads
Petal & Fan
Question Marks
Ski Star

And then Millersburg. Their fine crimping isnít as tight as that done by Fenton and Dugan. Itís a freer, looser effect, but it is continuous. Patterns that it can be seen on are:

Blackberry Wreath
Holly
Fleur de Lis
Whirling Leaves
Zigzag

Maybe you know other examples that we havenít mentioned here. Let us know if you do.

A detail view of one of the 2002 wwwcga commemoratives - a black amethyst
plate with a Tight Crimp Edge. This one was hand decorated.

And on to Today
You may have noticed in the section above on the Process at Fenton, that we deliberately wrote it all in the present tense. Making Tight Crimp Edge pieces is not only something Fenton did in the past - they still do it today. Fenton has produced some of our lovely wwwcga Commemoratives with the splendid Candy Ribbon effect too. Our 2001 and 2002 commemoratives both had that magnificent edging. Fenton have also produced some unique whimsies with the Tight Crimp Edge for us as well, as you can see in the photos.

So, look out for those sweet and delectable Candy Ribbon Edge pieces - you can still find them today if youíre lucky.

Well, we know who ate all the candy!

Click Here for more photos of pieces featuring a Candy Ribbon Edge.

Copyright 2006, G&S Thistlewood.  All Rights Reserved.
Special Thanks to Steve Fink, Bob Grissom and the late Frank Fenton.