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Vintage Carnival Glass was made from 1907 – 1931.  It was originally advertised as “Iridescent Glass and Luster Ware”, but never as “Carnival Glass”.  The glass was pressed in mold leaving a design in the glass and sprayed with a metallic salt solution while still hot. The result was a patterned or “pressed” glass with a artistic iridescent finish.   

Who made Carnival Glass?

The five American companies making the largest quanity of Carnival Glass during the vintage period were Fenton, Millersburg, Northwood, Dugan/Diamond and Imperial.  Other American companies made smaller amounts of carnival glass as well as, United Kingdom, Europe, India, Australia and South America.

Who collects Carnival Glass?

With a renewed interest in collecting vintage Carnival Glass in the 1970s, clubs were formed in various geographic parts of the USA, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia by collectors seeking more information about the glass.

As local clubs grew to larger organizations, newsletters, conventions and auctions provided a forum for exchange of information and education, and an opportunity to meet people of same interests and a place to buy and sell carnival glass to fellow collectors – all of which continues today.  

When the production of iridescent glass ceased about 1931, the excess inventory was sold for pennies to vendors for promotional items in their products (flour, etc.), prizes at carnivals and circuses; the iridescent pressed glass became known as “Carnival Glass”.   The glass was cheap, pretty and most of it was not used, but saved in its original condition.  Today, it is highly collectable and prized for its artistic iridescent quality.

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How Carnival Glass

got its name!