Carnival Glass comes in many shapes, sizes, colors, and patterns. Simply put, Carnival Glass is a type of pressed glassware with a fired on iridescent coating that gives the glass a beautiful rainbow of colors when struck by light.
Carnival Glass was once called "The Poor Man's Tiffany". It was originally made as an inexpensive alternate to more expensive glass produced by Tiffany and Steuben.
Carnival Glass can be considered to be part of American Heritage due to the fact that it originated in the United States. Over 95% of the glass was produced in America between the years 1905 and 1930. Factories such as Fenton, Millersburg, Imperial, and Dugan/ Diamond all produced Carnival Glass. Less known manufacturers include US Glass, Westmorland, Fostoria, and Cambridge.
Foreign companies began manufacturing Carnival Glass in the 1920's. Manufacturing countries include England, Australia, Sweden, Finland, Mexico, Czechoslovakia, Germany, India, China, and Argentina.
What was once considered an alternative inexpensive glass that was mass produced has now, because of its' endless beauty, become highly collectable and treasured. Most of the early glass has reached the century mark and is eagerly collected and sought after.
There are many excellent websites devoted to Carnival Glass along with publications by authors dedicated to the education, preservation and the sale of Carnival Glass. Specialty auction services serve to offer the entire range of this beautiful collectable to the public.
To this day, contemporary Carnival Glass is still being produced and has earned its' own place in many a collectors' inventory.
Learning about the many patterns, colors, and shapes may seem overwhelming to a beginning collector. There are many clubs and websites that will help a new or seasoned collector in identifying their pieces of interest. Below are a few of the websites that can help a collector learn the "Ins" and "Outs" of this very exciting hobby:
Carnival Glass 101 -
Dave Doty's Field Guide -
Contemporary Carnival Glass Website -
Carnival Glass -
Hooked on Carnival -