Learn about Carnival Glass

Carnival Glass is pressed glass that has been iridised. The glass is firstly pressed into a mould while molten, and being in liquid form, takes on the shape of the mould. After it has been removed from the mould, it is sprayed with a coating of liquid metallic salts. This gives the surface an iridescent lustre, similar to the effect of oil floating water.

Although the technique was known in Roman times, it was not until 1907 that it was revived by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Other manufacturers taking note of their success followed suit and were able to produce a cheaper product by spraying the mixture on the glass, instead of including it in the glass mixture as Tiffany was doing.

Carnival glass was at its peak of popularity from about 1908 to the 1920's and as its popularity declined manufacturers, were left large stocks they were unable to sell. Popular legend has it that it was sold cheaply to travelling showman for prizes at carnivals, from whence came the name by which it is know today, carnival glass.

Prior to this, it went under a variety of names, including Iridill, Imperial Jewels, Imperial Art Glass, taffeta, lustre glass, Aurora and rhodium. more...
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A small Carnival glass bowl with kookaburra motif, impressed registration mark '4184'

A Carnival glass bowl with kookaburra motif, RD4184, diameter 24 cm

Pair Marigold Carnival glass Kingfisher Variant master bowls. Marked Rd. 4184, diameter 25 cm (each)

A large rare Australian Carnival glass 'Kookaburra' float bowl in amethyst, of circular form with fluted rim, the central kookaburra perched on branch within a stippled ground surrounded by five waratah, 28 cm diameter.

Seven carnival glass bowls being 4 amethyst kookaburra centre, 1 kangaroo centre, 1 larger amethyst with flower centre 21.5 cm wide and 1 marigold

Amethyst carnival glass kookaburra master bowl d24 cm approx

Marigold Carnival glass master bowl. Kingfisher. Diameter 24 cm

Amethyst carnival glass 'Kingfisher' bowl c1930s. 13 cm

Five black Carnival glass nappy with kingfisher/ kookaburra RD 4184, approx 13 cm dia each (5)

Black Carnival glass style dishes, kookaburra design, 1 has AF (5)

Amethyst Carnival glass with kookaburra and registration marks (A/F to base)

Australian amethyst carnival glass master bowl with kingfisher, 24 cm wide

Marigold Carnival glass kookaburra bowl 24 cm diameter

Carnival glass, Kingfisher pattern RD 4184. Bowl diameter 23 cm

Australian purple Carnival glass float bowl with kookaburra and warratahs

An amethyst Carnival glass bowl with kookaburra motif 13 cm diam

Carnival glass black Kookaburra, Wattle and Warratahs nappy bowl

Carnival glass marigold Kookaburra, Wattle and Warratahs. Diameter 24 cm

Carnival glass marigold Kookaburra, Wattle and Warratahs bowl. Diameter 24 cm

Carnival glass black Kookaburra, Wattle and Warratahs bowl. Diameter 24 cm

Rare Carnival uranium yellow glass waratah and Kookaburra Bowl. 25 cm

Carnival glass marigold nappy bowl Kookaburra Diameter 13 cm

Carnival glass marigold Kingfisher 4148 bowl. Diameter 23 cm

Carnival glass marigold Kookaburra, Wattle and Warratah bowl. Diameter 24 cm

Amethyst Carnival glass Kingfisher bowl. Reg #4186 impressed to interior. Diameter 24 cm