What is the rarest piece of carnival glass?
According to Colleywood Carnival Glass, the following colors are among the rarest and most valuable:
- Fenton Ambergina – a deep orange-red tone.
- Northwood Marigold – a warm-toned deep yellow.
- Fenton Cherry Red – a dark, glowing red.
- Northwood Black Amethyst – a very dark purple that appears almost black.
How can you tell if Carnival Glass is a reproduction?
The most common ways to identify the glass are:
- Look at the coloring and sheen for the iridescent rainbow effect.
- Check out the base of the glass, which should not be thick or weighty.
- Look for the manufacturer’s mark, although keep in mind many companies did not place a mark on their carnival glass.
Does all carnival glass have markings?
Some carnival glass pieces, though relatively few, have a mark that reveals the manufacturer. If you see one of these, look up pieces made by the manufacturer with the same color, shape, and pattern, and you will likely narrow down the date to a small range, or even a particular year.
What is the oldest carnival glass?
History. Carnival glass originated as a glass called ‘Iridill’, produced beginning in 1908 by the Fenton Art Glass Company (founded in 1905). Iridill was inspired by the fine blown art glass of such makers as Tiffany and Steuben, but did not sell at the anticipated premium prices and was subsequently discounted.
What are the different patterns of carnival glass?
Carnival Glass Quick Facts
- Common colors: Marigold, amber, amethyst, green, and blue.
- Rare colors: Peach, red, aqua, milk glass.
- Shapes: Vases, pitches, compotes, candy dishes, ashtrays, plates, bowls.
- Common Patterns: Peacock Tail, Grape and Cable, Iris & Herringbone, Good Luck.
Why is it called Carnival Glass?
Its current name was adopted by collectors in the 1950s from the fact that it was sometimes given as prizes at carnivals, fetes, and fairgrounds.
What is the difference between depression glass and carnival glass?
Identification. Both carnival and depression glass are colored. However, carnival glass features an iridescent, multicolored look, whereas depression glass has more of a simple, single-colored, transparent look. Carnival glass was made to inexpensively mimic glass made by the Tiffany Company.
Is carnival glass still made?
Carnival Glass is pressed glass that has been iridized with a metallic spray. It was introduced by Fenton about 1908 and other glass manufacturers soon followed suit (for a brief history of Carnival, click here). It is still being made today. To see how the glass was made, click here.