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Antique Carnival Glass

Carnival Glass Candy Dish

Antique carnival glass is a beautiful iridescent glass loved by collectors. It was used as a giveaway item at carnivals and grocery stores from about 1907 to 1925. Some companies brought back Carnival Glass in the 1960s and continue to make it to this day.

Although it was made in over 60 colors the best known is an orange-gold color called marigold. Other popular colors are:
  • Amethyst
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Peach Opal

Carnival Glass Is Iridescent

Carnival glass is a press-molded, patterned glass that is sprayed with a metallic solution. This produces the well known iridescent effect. It can be quite pronounced in some light as the dish in this picture.

Carnival Glass Was Hand Finished

Although antique carnival glass was pressed with a machine, the final fashioning and shaping was done by hand. This gives each piece a unique characteristic.

This image shows the back of the previous dish.

White Carnival Glass

The glass was advertised by many names. Some of them are:

  • Baking Powder Glass
  • Nancy Glass
  • Pompeian Iridescent
  • Poor Man's Tiffany

These white Carnival glass steins were made by the Federal glass company.

Identifying Fenton

Of all the companies that made this beautiful collectible glass, Fenton is the only one that is still in business and making the glass currently. Since not all carnival glass is vintage, you should be careful to buy from a knowledgeable seller.

Fenton made in the 1970s is marked with an oval and the word "Fenton." In 1980 the mark was made smaller and began to include a numeral to designate the decade.
  • 8 for the 1980s
  • 9 for the 1990s
  • 0 for 2000

Indiana Glass Punch Bowl

In order to make the glass stand out from other manufacturers, many makers of Carnival glass used unusual crimped or scalloped edge designs. These designs were hand done.

The Indiana Glass Company made this beautiful iridescent green Harvest Grape Punch bowl. It is worth about $40 without the base.

Harvest by Indiana Glass

While Carnival glass is plentiful, for the most part some pieces are rarer and command higher prices. This small canister by Indiana Glass in the Harvest design is worth about $40 to $60 in the gold and is difficult to find.

Heirloom by Indiana Glass

This Heirloom Red Carnival glass sugar bowl was made in the 1970s by Indiana Glass Company. If the creamer is with it and the set intact the value is around $50.

This set was only made in the red or sunset color.

Imperial Glass Whirling Star

The Whirling Star pattern was one of Imperial Glass Companies most popular in the 1920s.

This punch bowl had a pedestal base that held it up at one time. The peacock blue as shown here was discontinued in 1967 and when it is complete with base is worth about $325.

Enjoying Antique Carnival Glass

If you are planning on collecting Carnival glass it is important to remember that all Carnival glass is iridescent whether it is a vase or a candy dish. Be sure to display your collection with plenty of light to make the most of the beautiful colors.

LoveToKnow would like to thank My Father's House Antiques in Waxahachie, Texas for allowing photographs to be taken of their merchandise.

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Antique Carnival Glass