Carnival Glass Identification and Value Guide

  • 01 of 09

    Dugan Iris Tankard & Glass Set

    Carnival Glass Dugan Iris Tankard & Glass Set
    Dugan Iris Tankard & Glass Set. Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Have you ever wondered why it's called carnival glass? Well, it really was given away at carnivals back in the early 1900s. This association wasn't welcomed by all, and some proper ladies did not allow this glass in their homes. And, this is one of those types of glass that people usually either love or hate the look of, all these years later.

    Making carnival glass, which was done by many different companies, employed a combination of chemicals that were applied to pressed glass prior to...MORE its firing. The resulting swirly sheen that sometimes looks like an oil slick was much less expensive to produce when compared to other iridescent art glass popular at the time, such as Tiffany and Steuben. In fact, it is sometimes referenced as the "poor man's Tiffany."

    That doesn't mean all carnival glass is cheap though. There are some very affordable pieces, for sure, but others can be quite pricey. Take the set shown above as an example. 

    About the pieces shown above:

    This Dugan Iris pattern set includes a tankard and six glasses (sometimes referenced as tumblers in old-fashioned terms) in iridescent purple. Condition: excellent. Tankard size: 12 1/2" tall.

    Selling price: $600 (Morphy Auctions - 2/12)

    Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.

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  • 02 of 09

    Dugan Lattice and Daisy Marigold Tumbler

    Dugan Carnival Glass Lattice and Daisy Marigold Tumbler
    Dugan Lattice and Daisy Marigold Tumbler. -Pamela Y. Wiggins

    This marigold-colored tumbler (another name for a drinking glass) was made by Dugan. The pattern is Lattice and Daisy.

    Dugan was known for both ball and spatula-shaped feet and for deeply crimped edges on pieces.

    Selling price: $4-8 (eBay 3/06)

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  • 03 of 09

    Dugan Question Marks Marigold Footed Bon-Bon Dish

    Dugan Carnival Glass Question Marks Marigold Footed Bon-Bon Dish
    Dugan Question Marks Marigold Footed Bon-Bon Dish. -Pamela Y. Wiggins

    This marigold-colored footed bon-bon dish was made by Dugan. The pattern is known as Question Marks.

    Dugan Glass was started by Thomas Dugan, cousin of Harry Northwood, and his partner W.G. Minnemayer in 1904. Dugan later went to work for Cambridge Glass, but his brother Alfred continued to produce carnival glass via a new company: Diamond Glass. 

    Selling price: $25-30 (eBay 2/06)

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  • 04 of 09

    Fenton Autumn Acorns Bowl

    Fenton Autumn Acorns Bowl
    Fenton Autumn Acorns Bowl. -Pamela Y. Wiggins

    This bowl was made by Fenton. The pattern is known as Autumn Acorns.

    One of the most prolific names in American glassware, Fenton was a family owned business operating from 1905 through 2011. They made carnival glass in many different colors, including marigold as shown here. Marigold is one of the most common carnival glass colors.

    Selling price: $65-75 (Austin City Wide Garage Sale 2/06)

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  • 05 of 09

    Fenton Butterflies Bon Bon Dish

    Fenton Carnival Glass Marigold Butterflies Bon Bon Dish
    Fenton Marigold Butterflies Bon Bon Dish. -Pamela Wiggins

    This marigold-colored bon-bon dish was made by Fenton. The pattern is Butterflies.

    Fenton began experimenting with iridescent glass in 1907, and made carnival pieces in a variety of colors up until the 1930s. 

    Selling price: $28-32 (eBay 2/06)

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  • 06 of 09

    Fenton Orange Tree Compote

    Fenton Carnival Glass Orange Tree Compote Footed Dish
    Fenton Orange Tree Compote Footed Dish. -Pamela Wiggins

    This marigold-colored footed dish (also known as a compote), was made by Fenton. The pattern is Orange Tree.

    Fenton was also known for their finishing processes and glass detailing such as fancily scalloped and crimped edges that bring to mind ribbon candy.

    Selling price: $18 (eBay 2/06)

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  • 07 of 09

    Fenton Smooth Rays with Scale Band Marigold Bowl 9"

    Fenton Carnival Glass Smooth Rays with Scale Band Marigold Bowl
    Fenton Smooth Rays with Scale Band Marigold Bowl. -Pamela Y. Wiggins

    This marigold-colored bowl was made by Fenton. The pattern is Smooth Rays with Scale. (Note: Scale Band pattern is visible on the back of the bowl.)

    John W. Fenton, who founded the company with his brothers Frank Leslie Fenton and Charles H. Fenton, was also involved in carnival glass production with the short-lived Millersburg Glass Co.

    Selling price: $22.50 (Austin Antique Mall 2/06)

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  • 08 of 09

    Imperial Waffle Block Marigold Basket

    Imperial Carnival Glass Waffle Block Marigold Basket
    Imperial Waffle Block Marigold Basket. -Pamela Y. Wiggins

    This marigold-colored basket was made by Imperial Glass Co. The pattern is Waffle Block.

    Carnival glass made by this company included not only table or dinnerware sets, but berry sets, and other very usable items imitating cut glass patterns. Marks vary on Imperial carnival glass pieces, but include the familiar "iron cross" mark

    Selling price: $35-50 (eBay 2/06)

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  • 09 of 09

    Northwood Strawberries Ice Blue Plate

    Northwood Carnival Glass Strawberries Ice Blue Plate
    Northwood Strawberries Plate Ice Blue. -Photo Courtesy of PR Collect

    This rare ice blue-colored plate was made by Northwood. The pattern is Strawberries. This is a rare piece in this color only. Plates in this pattern in other colors will not bring values in this range.

    Northwood is a prominent name in carnival glass production. Harry Northwood is known for developing a carnival glass formula he named “Golden Iris” in 1908. This original color is more common that ice blue.

    Selling price: $16,327 (eBay 5/03)