Carnival glass was made in the early 1900s. While this type of glass is highly popular today, many homemakers did not like it as well as depression glass. Therefore, many carnival companies gave it away as prizes when people played their games. Many collectors highly prize this glassware today, which was originally marketed as the Poor Man’s Tiffany. While many manufacturers produced carnival glass, some company’s products are much more valuable than others.
Starting in 1908, Imperial produced many different patterns of carnival glass. The earliest pieces were marked with IG while pieces made between 1972 and 1981 bear the mark LIG. Those molded between 1981 and 1984 bear the mark ALIG. Buyers need to be aware that there are many reproductions on the market because the company went bankrupt in 1984 selling their molds to other manufacturers.
Carnival glass manufactured by Heisey was viewed as higher quality than that produced by many other companies during the early 1900s. Most Heisey pieces are marked with a diamond with a capital H in the middle. Imperial bought the company in 1957. The most collectible pieces were manufactured by Heisey before Imperial brought them out. Imperial did not, however, use the same colors as Heisey.
While Cambridge made their first carnival glass in 1908, those patterns and colors introduced in 1916 are the most collectible. Many carnival glass collectors specialize in marigold pieces made by this company located in Cambridge, Ohio. The majority of carnival glass manufactured by Cambridge is marked Near-Cut.
Collectors are often puzzled by carnival glass manufactured by Northwood because the company used many different markings. While some pieces bear the company’s complete name in script, others feature an underscored letter N in a circle. This company did not put any marks on many of the pieces that they starting making in 1908. The most prized Northwood carnival glass are pastel pieces like their ice blue, ice green, and white.
Fenton Art Glass Company
If you find a piece of carnival glass at a Prestige estate sale made by Fenton Art Glass Company, then you may want to take it home with you quickly before another buyer snatches these highly prized pieces away from you. However, if the item is marked at a very low price, inquire with a staff member, as it is most like a reproduction. Buyers often pay a premium for pieces made in Martins Ferry, Ohio, where owners John W. Fenton and Charles H. Fenton often created the pieces themselves. The company eventually moved their operation to Williamstown, West Virginia.
Carnival glass is a beautiful addition to many homes. When shopping for this glass make sure to consider the items condition very carefully. Items that are in pristine condition without any cracks or scratches are much more valuable.
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