Carnival Glass

Carnival glass (a.k.a. pressed glass) is prized by collectors for its iridescence. Originally known as “Iridill” at the turn of the 20th century, the name Carnival Glass was adopted in the 1950’s because it was often given away as a prize at carnivals.

Collectors covet it for the myriad of designs and colors to be found and the range of iridescence from piece to piece. Vases, bowls, plates, and the like are cherished by their owners for their uniqueness.

Beautiful Green Northwood Peacocks on the Fence PCE Carnival Glass Bowl
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Vintage electric blue iridescent carnival glass bowl acorns and leaves
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Vintage Dugan Carnival Glass Marigold Grapevine Lattice Tumbler c1910
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Carnival Glass Fenton Basket
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ANTIQUE CARNIVAL GLASS AMYTHEST NORTHWOOD GRAPE CABLE WHISKEY DECANTER
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Antique Carnival Glass Electric Blue DRAGON LOTUS Fenton BOWL
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FENTON VINTAGE PATTERN IRIDESCENT AMETHYST GRAPE LEAF CARNIVAL GLASS 2 X 6
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Vintage Fenton Glass Carnival Cobalt Butterfly Berry Tumbler c1915
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Vintage Fenton Peacock Tail Carnival Glass Bowl Ruffled Scalloped Edge 7
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SUPER Iridescent Northwood Stippled Good Luck Carnival Glass Footed Ruffled Bowl
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Northwood Purple Carnival Glass Acorn Burrs 41 2 Berry Dish Bowl Amazing COLORS
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Vintage Imperial Glass White Carnival Robin Singing Birds Tumbler c1980
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Authentic Northwood Carnival Glass Peacock at the Fountain Pitcher Cobalt Blue
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Beautiful Northwood Purple Carnival Glass Stretch Vase 10 tall
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1917 Fenton Carnival Glass Bon Bon Dish Strawberry Pattern Nice Irridescence
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Vintage Dugan Carnival Glass Amethyst Fishermans Mug c1915
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Iridescent Carnival Glass Cherry And Lattice Tumbler FREE SHIPPING
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Fenton Golden Carnival Glass Stylized Cat Figurine 5 with Sticker
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Antique Carnival Glass Bowl Imperial Grape Marigold 7 Carnival Glass Bowl
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Northwood carnival glass grape and cable dish
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Fenton Antique Carnival Glass Green Bowl Coin Dot Hammered 7 Ribbon Edge
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Amethyst Carnival Glass Strawberry Ruffled Bowl
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The key to its appeal is the similarity of carnival glass to the world famous and very expensive blown iridescent glass by Tiffany & Company. Pressed glass gets its iridescence from the application of metallic salts while the glass is still hot. Once it has cooled down it is re-fired to bring out its depth of color and iridescence.

Though pressed glass was first produced in 1908 by Fenton, and U.S. companies dominated world production through time, some noted European manufacturers made significant contributions to the industry. Companies in Australia were made famous for their depiction of the country's magnificent flora and fauna. English companies succeeded with their use of swan, hen, and dolphin pieces, which drove their industry for many years.