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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Blue crimped edge tri-footed carnival glass bowl, approx 9 cm high

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

Blue crimped lattice edge carnival glass bowl, approx 7 cm high, 16 cm diameter

Blue carnival glass eye wash glass, aqua, approx 7 cm high

Cobalt blue carnival glass crimped oyster shell geometric pattern, approx 5 cm high, 16 cm diameter

Cobalt blue carnival glass twin handled dish, approx 10 cm high, 20 cm wide, 15 cm deep

Cobalt blue carnival glass twin handled dish, approx 10 cm high, 20 cm wide, 15 cm deep

Blue Carnival glass butterfly tri legged dish, approx 15 cm diameter

Blue Carnival glass chicken lidded butter dish, approx 20 cm x 16 cm

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

Blue Carnival glass daisy bowl and two black Carnival glass vases

Carnival glass blue Floral patterned bowl. Diameter 20 cm

Carnival glass blue footed bowl Berries and Leaves Diameter 21 cm

Carnival glass blue floral patterned three legged bowl. Diameter 25 cm

Carnival glass green two handled bowl and two other blue bowls

Good large blue Carnival glass bowl with water lily decoration. Diameter 24 cm.

A Carnival glass scalloped blue bowl with strawberry decoration on flared feet. Diameter 19 cm. Height 10 cm

A blue Carnival glass shallow bowl escalloped rim 25 cm diameter

A blue Carnival glass shallow bowl escalloped rim 25 cm diameter

A blue Carnival glass shallow bowl, with three fan shaped feet

A blue/black Carnival glass bowl with three stylized log form legs supporting 19 cm diameter

A blue Carnival glass sugar bowl moulded butterfly and berry design 12 cm diameter

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