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)

Amethyst carnival glass kookaburra master bowl d24 cm approx

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

A carnival glass master bowl kangaroo, with regulation number, small chip to rim

Marigold Carnival glass master bowl. Kingfisher. Diameter 24 cm

Amethyst Carnival glass master bowl. Kangaroo. Diameter 24 cm

Crown glass amethyst Carnival glass master bowl with kangaroo decoration, 24.5 cm wide, 8 cm high approx

Amethyst Carnival glass master bowl. 'Kangaroo' registered design RD4696 c.1924. Made by Australian crystal glass Company. Some wear to lustre. Diameter ia. 24 cm

Amethyst Carnival glass master bowl. 'Kangaroo' registered design RD4696 c.1924. Made by Australian crystal glass Company. Slight wear to lustre. Diameter ia. 24 cm

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

Australian amethyst carnival glass master bowl with shrike, 25 cm wide

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

Australian iridescent Carnival glass kangaroo master bowl (Rd number 4696)

Australian cobalt blue Carnival glass master bowl with 'Swan and Christmas Bells' pattern. Rd. 4696 24 cm approx 24 cm diameter

Australian cobalt blue Carnival glass master bowl with 'Swan and Christmas Bells' pattern. Rd. 4696 24 cm approx 24 cm diameter

Large amethyst Carnival glass footed master bowl, with Stags and Holly

Australian purple Carnival glass master bowl with magpie

Large Marigold Australian Carnival glass master bowl with kangaroo and registration number

Australian purple Carnival glass master bowl with piping shrike

Australian purple Carnival glass master bowl with kangaroo

Large amethyst Carnival glass master bowl - Australian with piping shrike

Marigold Carnival glass master bowl, Magpie and flannel flower pattern

An Australian Carnival glass master bowl, registered no, swan

Amethyst Carnival glass master bowl, RD4696, kangaroo, tree and fern pattern

Carnival glass bowl, decorated with black swan, master bowl by Crown crystal glass Co. (1924-1938)

Amethyst Carnival glass kookaburra master bowl RD4184

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