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.

2 Northwood Marigold Peacock at Fountain Carnival Glass Tumbler Nice Iridescence
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Amethyst Northwood Acorn Burr Carnival Glass Small Berry Bowl Art Antique NR
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Vintage Northwood Marigold Carnival Glass Tumbler Raspberry
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Northwood Peacock and Urn Carnival Glass Ice Cream Bowl number 1 ships free
Northwood Peacock and Urn Carnival Glass Ice Cream Bowl number 1 ships free $60.00
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Vintage Cobalt Blue Carnival Glass Rainbow Bowl
Vintage Cobalt Blue Carnival Glass Rainbow Bowl $29.99
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Northwood Beautiful carnival glass bowl DAMAGED
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ANTIQUE FENTON CARNIVAL GLASS 10 VASE APRIL SHOWERS BLUE
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Antique Fenton Blue Carnival Glass Rose Bowl Orange Tree Pattern Unsigned
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NORTHWOOD FENTON CARNIVAL GLASS MARIGOLD WATERLILY CATTAILS TUMBLER
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Northwood Peacock and Urn 10 Carnival Glass Ice Cream Bowl
Northwood Peacock and Urn 10 Carnival Glass Ice Cream Bowl $250.00
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VERY NICE FENTON PERSIAN MEDALLION MARIGOLD CARNIVAL GLASS PLATE
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Fenton Turtle Red Carnival Glass
Fenton Turtle Red Carnival Glass $39.50
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Antique Marigold Fenton Carnival Glass Plate ORANGE TREE 9 1 2
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BEAUTIFUL FENTON VINTAGE PATTERN AMETHYST CARNIVAL GLASS 9 INCH BOWL
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Vintage Imperial Carnival Glass Pansy pattern Iridescent Green Relish Bowl
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Fenton Swung Art Glass 9 1 4 Carnival Glass Footed Vase Signed
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Blue Grape Cable FentonCarnival Glass Fruit Bowl w Persian Med Interior
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Northwood Marigold Three Fruits Carnival Glass 8 1 2 Bowl Nice Iridescence
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ANTIQUE FENTON STRAWBERRY PATTERN CARNIVAL GLASS BONBON DISH
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Antique Fenton Blue Carnival Glass Pedestal Candy Bowl Orange Tree Unsigned
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PRETTY NORTHWOOD AMETHYST CARNIVAL GLASS Vase THIN RIB IRIDESCENT Antique ART
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Fenton Carnival Art Glass Iridescent Candy Dish Bowl Ruffled Edge
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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.