Friday, 17 January 2014

Carnival Glass

Rare Fenton Blue 'Orange Tree' 3 in 1 Crimped Bowl

Produced initially by American glasshouses circa 1910 to 1930, carnival glass (a term first used by collectors in the 1950s as it was assumed it was given as prizes at carnivals, when in fact most of it was sold by glass merchants and department stores) was produced in a variety of designs, colours and finishes. It gets its iridescent sheen from the application of metallic salts while it's still hot from the pressing; a final firing brings out the iridescence giving the glass its distinctive look.

Northwood Amethyst 'Daisy and Plume' Rose Bowl

For more fine examples of carnival glass, visit Premier Antiques

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