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 WHITE PEACOCK AND URN CARNIVAL GLASS COMPOTE
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RARE VINTAGE FENTON AQUA HOLLY CARNIVAL GLASS 4 SIDES UP HAT
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Vintage Carnival Glass Vase 1950s
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STUNNING VINTAGE NORTHWOOD PEACOCK AND URN AMETHYST CARNIVAL GLASS BOWL
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Fenton Lion Paperweight Carnival Glass Blue Iridescent Original Label USA
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Fenton Carnival Glass Orange Tree 2 Marigold Compotes
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Fenton Art Glass Mulberry Carnival Snail In Original Box Fenton Hummingbird
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Fenton Antique Carnival Art Glass Ruffled Bowl multi color red slag Super Cool
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RARE BLUE LITTLE FISHS CARNIVAL GLASS ICE CREAM BOWL BEAUTIFUL COLOR
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Fenton Marigold Carnival Glass Peacock Dahlia Round Bowl 7
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Northwood Grape Cable Amethyst Purple Carnival Glass Bowl
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Vtg Northwood Carnival Glass 9 Ice Lime Green Peacock on the Fence Plate Bowl
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Northwood Footed Compote Petals in Marigold Depression Carnival Glass
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RARE VINTAGE FENTON POWDER BLUE ACORN RUFFLED CARNIVAL GLASS BOWL TUFF COLOR
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EXCEPTIONAL NORTHWOOD AMETHYST GRAPE CABLE CARNIVAL GLASS CREAMER
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Vintage Fenton Carnival Glass Orange Tree Rose Bowl Footed Cobalt Blue Dish
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Antique 100 Year Old Northwood EAPG Carnival Glass Grape And Cable Tumbler
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Vtg Imperial Carnival Glass Lustre Rose bowl Irridescent Colors Fluted edges 8
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VINTAGE FENTON PURPLE CARNIVAL GLASS BOWL GRAPES PATTERN
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Striking Dark Purple AMETHYST Iridescent CARNIVAL GLASS Bird on Nest
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Carnival Glass Dugan Question Mark Bon Bon With Handles
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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.