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.


Fenton Carnival Blue Glass Cherry Chain 6 Bowl
Fenton Carnival Blue Glass Cherry Chain 6 Bowl $27.00
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Fenton Carnival Glass Amethyst Long Thumbprint Vase
Fenton Carnival Glass Amethyst Long Thumbprint Vase $34.95
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PRETTY NORTHWOOD GLASS CARNIVAL GLASS RASPBERRY PITCHER TUMBLER IN MARIGOLD
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Fenton Carnival Glass Farmyard Miniature Basket Singleton Bailey
Fenton Carnival Glass Farmyard Miniature Basket Singleton Bailey $29.95
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Antique Blue Carnival Glass Bowl Dish FENTON 3 To 1 Ruffle
Antique Blue Carnival Glass Bowl Dish FENTON 3 To 1 Ruffle $44.99
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Vintage CARNIVAL GLASS LUSTRE ROSE MARIGOLD COVERED BUTTER DISH
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VTG MARIGOLD CARNIVAL GLASS SET OF 4 IRIDESCENT 10 DINNER PLATES
VTG MARIGOLD CARNIVAL GLASS SET OF 4 IRIDESCENT 10 DINNER PLATES $39.59
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Fenton Dark Carnival Glass Comports Lot of Two
Fenton  Dark Carnival Glass Comports Lot of Two $12.99
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VINTAGE FENTON GLASS COMPOTE HOBSTAR AMETHYST CARNIVAL GLASS
VINTAGE FENTON GLASS COMPOTE HOBSTAR AMETHYST CARNIVAL GLASS $20.00
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Rare Carnival Glass Bowl Serrated Ribs 8 d
Rare Carnival Glass Bowl Serrated Ribs 8 d $9.95
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Dugan Carnival Glass Marigold Fishscale and Beads Bowl
Dugan Carnival Glass Marigold Fishscale and Beads Bowl $29.95
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Vintage Imperial Carnival Glass Diamond Lace purple S mark
Vintage Imperial Carnival Glass Diamond Lace purple S mark $21.99
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Vintage Large Iridescent Orange Marigold Carnival Glass Serving Bowl
Vintage Large Iridescent Orange Marigold Carnival Glass Serving Bowl $19.00
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LOT OF CARNIVAL GLASS IMPERIAL BOWL AND MORE VINTAGE DARK BLUE GREENS
LOT OF CARNIVAL GLASS IMPERIAL BOWL AND MORE VINTAGE DARK BLUE GREENS $24.99
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ANTIQUE IMPERIAL EMBOSSED SCROLL CARNIVAL GLASS HELIOS RUFFLED BOWL
ANTIQUE IMPERIAL EMBOSSED SCROLL CARNIVAL GLASS HELIOS RUFFLED BOWL $129.00
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Very rare Red Fenton Dragon and Lotus Carnival Glass in exceptional condition
Very rare Red Fenton Dragon and Lotus Carnival Glass in exceptional condition $34.51 (5 Bids)
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GORGEOUS SCARCE NORTHWOOD CARNIVAL GLASS WISHBONE PITCHER TUMBLER IN GREEN
GORGEOUS  SCARCE NORTHWOOD CARNIVAL GLASS WISHBONE PITCHER  TUMBLER IN GREEN $267.95
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Vintage Carnival Glass Windmill Pitcher by Imperial Glass Company 1930s RARE
Vintage Carnival Glass Windmill Pitcher by Imperial Glass Company 1930s RARE $39.99
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Northwood Carnival Glass Electric Amethyst Grape and Cable Variant Plate
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Fenton Marigold Carnival Glass Dragon Lotus Pattern Bowl 9 Wide
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Inverted Strawberry Carnival Glass Tumbler
Inverted Strawberry Carnival Glass Tumbler $20.99
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Vintage Fenton Orange Tree Carnival Glass Ruffled Footed Bowl
Vintage Fenton Orange Tree Carnival Glass Ruffled Footed Bowl $27.00
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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.