It's a Fenton piece and it's opalescent, which means that it's a bit milky looking. My research tells me that this opalescence was achieved by a combination of adding bone ash to the molten glass and repeated firing.
1. Hold it up to the light. Experts say you will see a red or fiery gleam, regardless of the colour of the actual piece.
2. Check it out under a black light. Opalescent glass from this period was made with uranium dioxide, which glows green under black light.
3. If your piece is an early Fenton, it will likely be white, blue, green or amethyst. I've read that these were the most common (possibly even the only) colours Fenton issued pre-1930.
I feel great about this find because from what I've read, it's rather uncommon. It appears to be an authentic 1911 Basket weave Open Edge Bowl, which, in the Fenton catalogues is sometimes called a "basket" or "flared bowl". Of course, after 1930, more of these bowl were produced, but I think mine is one of the old ones. Hurray!
What should I do with it? Nuts? Candy? Jewellery? If it's gonna stay in my life, it's gotta be USED. That's my motto.
Anyone else snag anything interesting lately?