Archive for the ‘Carnival Glass Patterns’ Category
Carnival glass is extremely unique glassware that can be traced back to the early 1900s. It was initially manufactured by Fenton in 1907 and became very popular and is still in production today. Carnival glass patterns have a beautiful shining finish and typically have a heavy moulded pattern. Carnival glass patterns are pressed in a mould and then given its characteristic sheen by a process of spraying with liquid metallic salts. It is a mixture of this magnificent oily finish and the unique carnival glass patterns along with wonderful colours such as orange, blue, red and many others that make the carnival glass pieces stand out.
While Fenton was producing the functional, yet decorative, pieces of carnival glass, he made around 150 different carnival glass patterns. Once other glass companies realized the popularity and demand for the glassware, they started to make their own carnival glass products and would have their own catalogue of carnival glass patterns. At this point, the identification of the origin of the carnival glass pieces was relatively easy since each company had their own carnival glass patterns.
However, as carnival glass became more and more popular, there were many other companies that would keep an eye on what their competitors were producing and if they thought that a pattern was doing particularly well in the market, they would copy certain aspects of the carnival glass patterns and incorporate it into their own products. As time passed by, identification became a more difficult process. As the glassware was not high-priced, it was uncommon for a company to a signature on the base of the pieces, even though some of the bigger companies did use some form of marking. In many cases, however, only the carnival glass patterns along with the colours can be used to trace the items. There are now probably more than 2000 different carnival glass patterns.
There were originally five major producers of carnival glass and each one of them had their own trademark carnival glass patterns. Specialist collectors would, without a doubt, be able to tell which piece belonged to which manufacturer if it were produced by these heavyweights. There were, however, many smaller companies who would still produce the glass. This is when identification becomes challenging. Many of the traditional carnival glass patterns would be available from almost all the manufactures. For instance, the peacock at urn pattern, which was produced by Millersburg, Northwood and Fenton and all of them are very alike, making it impossible to tell the difference with an untrained eye. However, a specialist would easily be able to distinguish the pieces on the basis of the number of tiaras on the peacock, whether there was a bee in the picture and the style of the urn.