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 Antique Fenton Blue Vintage Miniture Blackberry Carnival Glass Compote
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ANNIVERSARY WEDDING CARNIVAL GLASS BOWL Northwood Marigold Ruffled Bowl
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Fenton Grape and Cable 8 Carnival Glass Ruffled Bowl Smoke Ball Footed
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2 VINTAGE CARNIVAL GLASS green opalescent red MINIATURE PUNCH BOWL SETS
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Vintage Original Formula Fenton Carnival Glass Bowl Persian Medallion
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Vintage Imperial Carnival Glass Bowl Open Rose 3 Footed 3 inch
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Dugan APPLE BLOSSOM TWIGS ANTIQUE CARNIVAL ART GLASS Wavy BOWL PURPLE Amethyst
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Fenton Amethyst Iridescent Vintage Carnival Glass Persian Medallion Ruffled Bowl
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Fenton Black Carnival Glass Hand Painted Cat Rare signed mint
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FABULOUS PUMPKIN COLOR PEACOCK AT THE URN CARNIVAL GLASS BOWL VERY IIRIDESCENT
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Northwood Amethyst Carnival Glass Pitcher Sauce Dish w Blackberry Design 3641
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NORTHWOOD PEACOCKS ON THE FENCE PURPLE CARNIVAL GLASS PLATE NICE
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Carnival Glass 10 4 Footed Bowl Nice Iridescence
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Imperial Carnival Glass Iridescent Purple Whirling Star Punch Bowl Base Pedestal
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Fenton ACORN LEAVES carnival glass bowl DELICIOUS MARIGOLD
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Fenton Leaf Chain Carnival Glass Ruffled Low Bowl Marigold Color 9 DIA
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Fenton Carnival Glass Covered Candy Dish PANELED DAISY Pattern with HANG TAG
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Dugan Carnival Glass FANCIFUL Splendid White Ruffled Bowl 4790
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Imperial White Carnival Glass Bowl 9wide4tall Open Rose Bowl w Ruffled Edge
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Fenton Ruby Red Carnival Glass Grape and Cable Pattern Tobacco Jar
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Vintage FENTON GLASS CARNIVAL GLASS LAMP w Beaded Fringe RARE
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Westmoreland Amethyst Carnival Glass Levay STRUTTING PEACOCK CREAMER SUGAR
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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.