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.

ANTIQUE DUGAN CARNIVAL GLASS Peach Opalescent Footed Bowl Flowers and Frames
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Fenton DIAMOND RIB Marigold Carnival Glass Swung Vase
Fenton DIAMOND  RIB Marigold Carnival Glass Swung Vase $35.00
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RARE NORTHWOOD ICE BLUE CARNIVAL GLASS PITCHER ORIENTAL POPPY RIBBED AS IS
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Dugan Unknown Pattern Carnival Glass Plate
Dugan Unknown Pattern Carnival Glass Plate $29.99
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Fenton Carnival Glass Blue Butterfly and Berry Vase
Fenton Carnival Glass Blue Butterfly and Berry Vase $39.95
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Vintage green carnival glass bowl
Vintage green carnival glass bowl $30.00
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Vintage Princess Blue Carnival Glass Candy Dish With Lid Gorgeous
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Northwood Amethyst Carnival Glass SINGING BIRDS Mug with N Logo Stamp
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CARNIVAL GLASS COVERED COMPOTE ZODIAC PATTERN
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Fenton Carnival Glass Rose Bowl Garland and Bows Purple Cobalt Blue
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RARE Antique Fenton Carnival Art Glass PERSIAN MEDALLION BonBon Nappy Bowl BLUE
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Vintage Amethyst Northwood Grape and Cable Carnival Glass Berry Fruit Bowl
Vintage Amethyst Northwood Grape and Cable Carnival Glass Berry Fruit Bowl $24.95
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Vintage Fenton Carnival Marigold Glass Thistle Bowl Dish
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Fenton Carnival Glass Captive Rose Cobalt Blue 9 1 4 Plate
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Northwood Springtime Carnival glass Cream Sugar deep purple browns iridescent
Northwood Springtime Carnival glass Cream Sugar deep purple browns iridescent $32.00
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Vintage Amethyst Fenton Carnival Glass Peacock Vase Excellent
Vintage Amethyst Fenton Carnival Glass Peacock Vase Excellent $75.00
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Fenton Carnival Glass Green HEART VINE 9 Ruffled Bowl c 1915
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Antique Carnival Glass Thin Rib 12 Vase
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Fenton Green Uranium Vaseline Glass Stag Holly Footed Center Bowl Exc Cond
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Vintage Indiana Carnival Glass Blue Candy Dish With Lid Iridescent Grapes 2224
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Carnival Glass Fenton Marigold Sailboats Windmills Beautiful Ruffled Bowl
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Fenton Carnival Glass Marigold Horse Medallion Bowl
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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.