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.

Vintage Fenton Marigold Carnival Glass Small Ruffled Bowl Water Lily
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Vintage Northwood Green Carnival Glass Rosebowl Beaded Cable Pattern
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Fenton Harvest Acorn Ruffled 85 Bowl Marigold Amber Carnival Glass
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Rare Northwood Aqua Opal Carnival Glass Stipuled Leaf Beads Rose Bowl Marked N
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Smith Carnival Glass Federal Blue Rare Eagle Stars Covered Box Candy Jar
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antique five Fenton carnival glass tumblers 4 tall
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Fenton Dark MARIGOLD Carnival Glass Pine Cone Berry Bowl Great Color
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Vintage Blue Carnival Glass Server for Deviled Eggs and Appetizers
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Vintage Northwood Acorn Burrs Amethyst Carnival Glass Large Master Berry Bowl
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Spectacular Northwood Electric Blue on Oxblood Good Luck Carnival Glass PCE Bowl
Spectacular Northwood Electric Blue on Oxblood Good Luck Carnival Glass PCE Bowl $189.99
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Fenton Art Glass Marigold Carnival Vintage Pattern 3 in 1 Crimp Bowl
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Imperial Amber Iridescent Open Rose Carnival Glass 105 Plate
Imperial Amber Iridescent Open Rose Carnival Glass 105 Plate $90.00
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19710 VINTAGE Northwood CARNIVAL GLASS Pedestal Stem BOWL Ruffled
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BEAUTIFUL AMETHYST NORTHWOOD GRAPE CABLE PLATE
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Early Carnival Glass Northwood Fine Cut Roses Marigold Rosebowl
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Purple Carnival Glass Peacock Tail Ruffled Edge Pedestal Bowl Compote Footed
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DUGAN Marigold Carnival Glass PERSIAN GARDEN Pattern 65 Plate
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Vintage Imperial Iridescent Green Gold Carnival Glass 12 Swung Rippled Vase
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Fenton Blue Carnival Dragon and Lotus 9 Ruffled Bowl
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Vintage IMPERIAL Emerald Green Carnival Ripple Ribbed Glass Vase 11+3 8
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Vintage Carnival Glass Amethyst Dragon and Lotus Bowl Dish Fenton Ruffeled Rim
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IMPERIAL Amethyst Carnival Glass DIAMOND RING Pattern Bowl Dish
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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.