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

Five various marigold carnival glass bowls 21.5 cm diameter (largest) approx.

Marigold carnival glass mug with citrus tree decoration between two decorative bands top and bottom, approx 9 cm high

Marigold carnival glass decanter & six glasses, approx 31 cm high (7)

Oyster shell pattern carnival glass crimped marigold bowl, approx 5 cm high, 16 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

Marigold carnival glass grape design vase, approx 26 cm high

Marigold four handled carnival glass bowl, approx 4 cm high, 15 cm diameter

Marigold carnival glass dish decorated with mistletoe & deer, approx 10 cm high, 26 cm diameter

Marigold carnival glass mug, bird and floral decoration, approx 9 cm high

Two marigold carnival glass dishes, one with windmill decoration, approx 22 cm diameter (2)

Marigold Carnival glass rose bowl, approx 9 cm high, 24 cm diameter

Green Carnival glass bowl with a marigold Carnival glass comport, approx 23 cm diameter and smaller (2)

Two various marigold Carnival glass bowls. Diameter 23 cm each

Seven various Marigold Carnival Glassware pieces. Five pce lemonade set, incl. Jug & four glasses; & pair bowls. Diameter 22 cm (bowls each)

Marigold Carnival glass bowl. Tri-footed, floral decoration to centre. Diameter 20 cm

Marigold Carnival emu master bowl. Standing emu embossed to centre. Diameter 25 cm

Marigold carnival glass comport, diameter 22 cm approx, together with a marigold small bowl

Marigold carnival glass dish with deer & holly decoration, approx 6.5 cm high, 21 cm dia

A Carnival amber glass raised fruit bowl, with scalloped rim. Length 31 cm

Four vintage 'rose pattern'carnival glasses, together with a carnival glass small bowl, and a Stuart crystal amber coloured decanter and 4 glasses

Leaf topaz blue votive along with a marigold carnival glass vase (AF), approx 8 cm high and shorter (2)

Marigold crimped rim carnival glass, internal leaf design, approx 8 cm high, 15 cm diameter

Marigold twist patterned carnival glass vase, approx 26 cm high

Strawberry crimped marigold carnival glass dish, approx 6 cm high, 22 cm diameter

Barrel form marigold carnival glass cannister, approx 10 cm high

Pair of marigold carnival glass pots, each approx 8 cm high, 11 cm dia (2)

Marigold crimped carnival strawberry bowl, approx 5 cm high, 22 cm diameter

Marigold carnival glass peacock and grape design dish, approx 6.5 cm high, 23 cm diameter

Marigold wavy crimped edge carnival glass bowl, approx 7 cm high, 21 cm diameter

Marigold carnival glass canoe, approx 7.5 cm high, 31 cm long

Grape and oak leaf marigold carnival glass dish, approx 5 cm high, 23 cm diameter

Pair of marigold carnival glass candlesticks, each approx 17 cm high (2)

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