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.


8 Imperial Red Carnival Glass Bowl With Roses Pattern Vintage MINT
8 Imperial Red Carnival Glass Bowl With Roses Pattern Vintage MINT $22.00
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Fenton Carnival Glass Cherry Pitcher and Tumbler set
Fenton Carnival Glass Cherry Pitcher and Tumbler set $46.25
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NORTHWOOD CARNIVAL GLASS BLUE POPPY SHOW PLATE
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ANTIQUE VINTAGE MARIGOLD CARNIVAL GLASS BOWL WITH FLOWERS EMBOSSED 9 1 2
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Fenton UTAH LIQUORS ANTIQUE CARNIVAL GLASS ROLLED SIDES AVERTISING PLATE PURPLE
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Imperial Glass Co Red Carnival pattern candlesticks rare in red
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Signed Northwood Grape and Cable Pattern Carnival Glass Tumblers Lot Of 8
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Blue Carnival Glass Sunburst Iridescent Heavy Bowl W scalloped Saw Tooth Rim
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Lot Of 5 CARNIVAL GLASS NORTHWOOD ACORN BURRS BERRY BOWLS MARIGOLD
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Northwood TRUMPET 719 Celeste Blue Carnival Glass 6 Candle Holder 7045
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Vintage Carnival Glass English Split Diamond Creamer Bowl
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Vintage Fenton Carnival Glass Marigold Peach Orange Bowl Grapes
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BEAUTIFUL Carnival Glass Electric Purple Pitcher 5 Glasses
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Northwood TRUMPET 719 Celeste Blue Carnival Glass 6 Candle Holder 7044
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CARNIVAL GLASS BOWL VINTAGE
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Fenton Iridescent Carnival Glass Bunny Rabbit
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Fenton Water Lily and Cattails Iridescent Marigold Carnival Glass Tumbler
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FENTON Carnival Glass Jumping FISH Figurine Paperweight Amethyst Original Label
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3 VINTAGE MARIGOLD CARNIVAL GLASS FLOWER FROGS
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Vintage Fenton Art Glass Pink Carnival Glass Iridescent Bird with Silver Sticker
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Cambridge Amethyst Inverted Strawberry Carnival Glass Water Milk Pitcher
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Beautiful Fenton Carnival Glass Tulips Pattern Vase 8 3 4 Free Shipping
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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.