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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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

Australian amethyst Kangaroo carnival glass bowl d23 cm approx

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

Amethyst Carnival glass master bowl. Kangaroo. Diameter 24 cm

Carnival glass bowl in amethyst cobalt with kangaroo motif. Diameter 24 cm

Australian black kangaroo Carnival glass bowl 23 cm diameter approx.

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 kangaroo, 24 cm wide

Marigold Carnival glass kangaroo small nappy bowl

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

Small marigold Carnival bowl with kangaroo from Crown crystal Sydney

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

Australian marigold Carnival glass nappy bowl with kangaroo, engraved 'Adelaide Exhibition 1920'

Australian purple Carnival glass nappy bowl with kangaroo

Australian purple Carnival glass master bowl with kangaroo

Carnival glass marigold nappy bowl Standing kangaroo. Diameter 14 cm

Carnival glass marigold Standing kangaroo 4696 bowl. Diameter 24 cm

Marigold Carnival glass kangaroo bowl. Reg #4696 impressed to interior. Diameter 24 cm

Two matching kangaroo Marigold Carnival glass small bowls. Diameter 13.5 cm (each)

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

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