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.


RARE VINTAGE FENTON DIAMOND POINT COLUMNS SQUATTY VASELINE CARNIVAL GLASS VASE
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Northwood MARIGOLD Rasberry Carnival Glass Pitcher 4 Tumbler Set
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Vintage Fenton Carnival Glass Butterfly and Berry Footed Berry Bowl Blue
Vintage Fenton Carnival Glass Butterfly and Berry Footed Berry Bowl Blue $30.95
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Northwood Blue Carnival Glass Round Bushel Basket
Northwood Blue Carnival Glass Round Bushel Basket $39.00
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FENTON BLUE PURPLE CARNIVAL GLASS PAPERWEIGHT LOVEBIRDS SIGNED
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VERY RARE VINTAGE FENTON RUSTIC WHITE FUNERAL CARNIVAL GLASS VASE
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VERY RARE FENTON CUSTARD WITH PINK STAIN CARNIVAL GLASS ILLUSION BOWL
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Northwood Carnival Glass Shell Poppy Marigold Stippled Daisy Footed 8 1 2 Bow
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Fenton Carnival Glass Amethyst Butterfly and Berry Tumbler
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CARNIVAL GLASS IMPERIAL MARIGOLD GRAPE 9 PLATE
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Beautiful Fenton Marigold Carnival Stag and Holy Giant Rosebowl
Beautiful Fenton Marigold Carnival Stag and Holy Giant Rosebowl $95.00
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VTG Blue Carnival Glass Butter Dish
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Fenton Amethyst Red Blue Iridescent Carnival Glass Hobstar Bowl Dish Gorgeous
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Northwoods Amethyst Peacock Urn Carnival Glass Dish
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Fenton Carnival Glass Vaseline Aqua Opalescent Cactus Water Goblet
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Mosser Amethyst Purple Carnival Glass Childs Punchbowl Set 6 Cups Cherries
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Vintage Fenton Glass Carnival Bowl with ruffled edge 9 3 4
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Vintage Carnival Glass Covered Candy Dish 7 1 2 Diameter
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Vintage Blue Carnival Glass Oval Dish Bowl
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Fenton BLUE CARNIVAL GLASS Hand Painted Pitcher 10 Tall
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Vintage Fenton Carnival Glass Open Edge Hat Basket Celeste Blue
Vintage Fenton Carnival Glass Open Edge Hat Basket Celeste Blue $59.00
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Carnival Glass Marigold Decanter
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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.