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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Green yellow tri-legged carnival glass dish, decorated with dragons and flowers approx 9 cm high, 20 cm diameter

Green crimped Carnival glass comport with berry decoration, approx 14 cm high, 14.5 cm diameter

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

Two carnival glass bowls comprising of a green grape bowl,together with an amethyst and orange middle bowl, diameter 18.5 cm approx

Pair of green & gold carnival glass vases, each approx 25 cm high (2)

Green grape and vine carnival glass dish, approx 3 cm high, 19 cm diameter

Green carnival glass comport, approx 17 cm high, 19.5 cm diameter

Green Carnival glass cribbed edge bowl, approx 24 cm diameter

Two green Carnival glass plates, decorated with grapes, each approx 27 cm diameter (2)

Green carnival glass footed bowl, approx 9 cm high, 20 cm diameter

Carnival glass green Orchid pattern three leg bowl. Diameter 21 cm

Carnival glass green grapes and vines three leg bowl. Diameter 20 cm

Carnival glass green Strawberries 3 leg bowl

Carnival glass green apple and pear pattern two handled dish and a small green diamond pattern bowl

Carnival glass green two handled bowl and two other blue bowls

Carnival green glass plate in bunny pattern, single small rim chip

A green Carnival glass sugar bowl, standing over three stylized log form legs

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