Carnival Glass

Carnival Glass Products

In the 1900s, carnivals and fairgrounds gave away carnival glass as prizes that they also called aurora, rainbow and taffeta glass. Its iridescent sheen comes from firing pressed glass covered with a combination of chemicals. Some people refer to it as "poor mans Tiffany" glass although some rare pieces are expensive. When collecting them, you can choose a specific style, such as Art Deco carnival glass, American Directoire and others.

Antique Original Carnival Glass

Antique original carnival glass has an opalescent appearance featuring a kaleidoscope of shimmering colours. A tri-footed, grape coloured bowl holds fresh fruit, jelly or floating rose petals to add charm to your other tableware pieces. Likewise, an antique tall vase is the perfect size to display fresh flowers. Youll also find pitchers, plates and dishes that feature hand-painted flowers in rich, subdued colours, such as orange and blue.

Vintage Original Carnival Glass

Not as old as antique glass, vintage original carnival glass is available in peacock, butterfly and other designs found on domed butter dishes or compote serving dishes. The popular marigold design, a bright orange-gold colour, may include leaves and berries or geometric shapes. Furthermore, you can purchase vintage pieces in sets of matching drinking glasses or bowls that have two or more handles.

Contemporary Original Carnival Glass

A Jack in the Pulpit vase or a bowl shaped like a large sea shell are considered contemporary carnival glass examples. They may be aqua or clear coloured and have unusual shapes and patterns. For example, a pale rose candy or cookie jar doesnt follow the traditional look of antique and vintage specimens. Youll find paperweights, small baskets and bowls with ruffled edges that have a more modern appearance and the same classic carnival glass, iridescent finish.