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.

Northwood Carnival Glass Amethyst Strawberry IC Shaped Bowl Great Iridescence
Northwood Carnival Glass Amethyst Strawberry IC Shaped Bowl Great Iridescence $150.00
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Vintage Carnival Glass Hearts Flowers 9 plate in marigold
Vintage Carnival Glass Hearts  Flowers 9 plate in marigold $625.00
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Vintage Carnival Glass Nippon 8 3 4 PCE bowl in ice blue
Vintage Carnival Glass Nippon 8 3 4 PCE bowl in ice blue $210.00
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Carnival Glass Northwood Singing Birds Electric Blue Cobalt Amethyst Cup Mug
Carnival Glass Northwood Singing Birds Electric Blue Cobalt Amethyst Cup Mug $139.49
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Vintage Carnival Glass Three Fruits 9 Plate in lavender
Vintage Carnival Glass Three Fruits 9 Plate in lavender $225.00
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Vintage Carnival Glass Bushel Basket 5 basket in celeste blue
Vintage Carnival Glass Bushel Basket 5 basket in celeste blue $65.00
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Northwood Carnival Glass Daisy and Plume Blackberry Pattern footed Rose Bowl
Northwood Carnival Glass Daisy and Plume  Blackberry Pattern footed Rose Bowl $21.95
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CARNIVAL GLASS NORTHWOOD GRAPE CABLE ICE Green Points Up Fruit Bowl 3800
CARNIVAL GLASS NORTHWOOD GRAPE  CABLE ICE Green Points Up Fruit Bowl 3800 $1,195.00
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Carnival Glass Northwood Irridescent Blue Gold Green Nappy Dessert Bowl
Carnival Glass  Northwood Irridescent Blue Gold Green Nappy Dessert Bowl $18.95
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Gorgeous Antique Northwood Blue Stippled Three Fruits Carnival Glass Bowl
Gorgeous Antique Northwood Blue Stippled Three Fruits Carnival Glass Bowl $149.95
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CARNIVAL GLASS ANTIQUE NORTHWOOD EMBROIDERED MUMS Blue Ruffled Bowl 3747
CARNIVAL GLASS ANTIQUE NORTHWOOD EMBROIDERED MUMS Blue Ruffled Bowl 3747 $365.00
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CARNIVAL GLASS DUGAN PERSIAN GARDEN Antique Amethyst Fruit Bowl
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Vintage Carnival Tornado 6 1 2 Vase in marigold
Vintage Carnival Tornado 6 1 2 Vase in marigold $315.00
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Vintage Carnival Glass Holly Berry nappy in purple
Vintage Carnival Glass Holly  Berry nappy in purple $100.00
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NORTHWOOD WHITE IRIDESCENT CARNIVAL GLASS FOOTED 8 SIDED BUSHEL BASKET
NORTHWOOD WHITE IRIDESCENT CARNIVAL GLASS FOOTED 8 SIDED BUSHEL BASKET $32.99
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CARNIVAL GLASS NORTHWOOD GRAPE ARBOR ICE GREEN Tumbler w Polished Base 3562
CARNIVAL GLASS NORTHWOOD GRAPE ARBOR ICE GREEN Tumbler w Polished Base 3562 $260.00
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Vintage Carnival Glass Hearts Flowers 9 bowl in marigold
Vintage Carnival Glass Hearts  Flowers 9 bowl in marigold $150.00
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Vintage Carnival Glass Wishbone Spades 6 plate in purple
Vintage Carnival Glass Wishbone  Spades 6 plate in purple $225.00
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Northwood Marigold Three Fruits Carnival Glass Ruffled Bowl Super Color
Northwood Marigold Three Fruits Carnival Glass Ruffled Bowl Super Color $19.99
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SIGNED NORTHWOOD AQUA OPALESCENT LEAF BEADS CARNIVAL ROSE BOWL FOOTED DAMAGED
SIGNED NORTHWOOD AQUA OPALESCENT LEAF  BEADS CARNIVAL ROSE BOWL FOOTED DAMAGED $17.50
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NORTHWOOD CARNIVAL GLASS EMERALD GREEN RASBERRY TUMBLER
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Vintage Northwood Carnival Glass Grape and Cable Ruffled Edge Bowl 60 Inches
Vintage Northwood Carnival Glass Grape and Cable Ruffled Edge Bowl 60 Inches $37.50
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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.