Here are some tips for collecting carnival glass. The term carnival glass refers to an inexpensive type of glass that was produced in the first quarter of the 20th Century. Carnival glass is distinguished from other pressed, pattern glass by the metallic coating that was applied to it. The metallic coating gives carnival glass a unique iridescent appearance. Carnival glass is often found in orange (Marigold), blue, and amethyst though many other colors exist. Carnival glass was produced by a number of manufacturers including Fenton, Imperial, Northwood and others.
The appearance of carnival glass varies widely due to the process used to produce it even among the similar pieces from the same manufacturer. This is part of the charm of collecting carnival glass, that sets can be collected where each piece has a distinctly different appearance. One thing that collectors will need to look for is the amount of wear on the finish of carnival glass. Perfectly nice pieces of carnival glass will often show no damage to the glass but is often missing some or almost all of the finish. The collector will have to decide what level of wear they will accept, but badly worn pieces should probably be passed up.
As with many collectibles, carnival glass is available in a wide range of prices. Many nice pieces sell for well less than $50, while the most sought after pieces go much, much higher. The low cost of many pieces of carnival glass make it an easy collection to start on a limited budget.
Finding carnival glass should not be too difficult. Antique shops and malls in most areas will offer a number of carnival glass pieces for sale. The online retailer eBay will generally have thousands of pieces of carnival glass listed at any one time. A quick search of eBay’s Pottery and Glass category showed over 5000 current listings for carnival glass. While some of the items that were displayed were quite expensive there were also some nice pieces for those getting their start collecting carnival glass selling for less than $10. True bargains in carnival glass can still be found at times at yard sales, rummage sales, estate sales, etc. The distinctive appearance of carnival glass can help the collector spot them among the clutter.
Carnival glass looks great displayed in a home or office and can fit into almost any décor. A favorite way of many to display carnival glass is to place it in a window with direct sun exposure. The lighted carnival glass will add interest and appeal to any home. Collecting carnival glass is an interesting hobby that generally will not break the bank and can provide for a lot of fun for those looking to start a new collection.