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.

RUSTIC VARIANT FENTON GREEN Carnival Glass MIDSIZE Iridescent VASE 4 1 8 Base
RUSTIC VARIANT FENTON GREEN Carnival Glass MIDSIZE Iridescent VASE 4 1 8 Base $99.00
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Fenton Holly Carnival Glass Bowl
Fenton Holly Carnival Glass Bowl $50.00
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Vintage Fenton Amethyst Purple Carnival Glass HEN on NEST Covered Dish 5
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Fenton Carnival Glass Marigold Horse Medallion Nut Bowl
Fenton Carnival Glass Marigold Horse Medallion Nut Bowl $25.00
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Northwood Carnival Glass Marigold Grapes Cable Compote Sherbert Bowl Vintage
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NORTHWOOD GREEN CARNIVAL GLASS GREEK KEY PITCHER TUMBLER
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NORTHWOOD MARIGOLD CARNIVAL GLASS DIAMOND POINT FLUTED VASE
NORTHWOOD MARIGOLD CARNIVAL GLASS DIAMOND POINT FLUTED VASE $25.00
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Fenton Carnival Glass Blue Holly Bowl 9 Pinched Art Glass
Fenton Carnival Glass Blue Holly Bowl 9 Pinched Art Glass $34.00
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Northwood Green Carnival Glass Shell and Wild Rose and Stippled Ray Pattern
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Fenton Carnival Glass candy dish Persian Medallion Iridescent Blue
Fenton Carnival Glass candy dish Persian Medallion Iridescent Blue $25.00
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Beautiful Northwood Amethyst Carnival Glass Bowl Fine Cut and Roses
Beautiful Northwood Amethyst Carnival Glass Bowl Fine Cut and Roses $36.64
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3 Carnival Glass Tropical Birds Marigold Color Glasses
3 Carnival Glass Tropical Birds Marigold Color Glasses $20.00
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BOLD NORTHWOOD CARNIVAL GLASS BEADED CABLE BOWL Candy Dish Antique AMETHYST
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Dugan Carnival Glass Peach Opalescent Single Flower Bowl
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Dugan Carnival Glass Peach Opalescent Paneled Cherries Bowl
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Northwood 9 Ruffled Footed Carnival Glass Bowl Green
Northwood 9 Ruffled Footed Carnival Glass Bowl Green $20.00
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OLD Fenton Holly Green Carnival Glass Ruffled Bowl
OLD Fenton Holly Green Carnival Glass Ruffled Bowl $43.98
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Fenton Mikado Compote Carnival Glass Sawtooth Edge
Fenton Mikado Compote Carnival Glass Sawtooth Edge $45.00
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Fenton Carnival Glass Blue Acorn 7 1 2 Ruffled Edge Bowl
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IMPERIAL CARNIVAL GLASS 1 4 STICK BUTTER DISH GRAPE PATTERN MARIGOLD
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Northwood carnival glass ribbed Amethyst vase
Northwood carnival glass ribbed Amethyst vase $39.95
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VINTAGE FENTON CARNIVAL GLASS RUFFLED PLATE PERSIAN MEDALLIAN BEADED BERRY
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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.