St. Louis hosts history’s highest grossing Carnival Glass auction

This fantastic Acorn Burrs 8-piece punch set sold for $14,000. Photo courtesy Seeck Auctions.

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Highlighted by several one-of-a-kind pieces, as well as spittoons, plates, red and aqua opal, Seeck Auctions’ Oct. 2 sale was the largest grossing carnival glass auction in history, bringing a total of more than $677,000.

The collection featured the 40-year collection of Floyd and the late Cecil Whitley, was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in St. Louis, Mo., and entertained a large crowd of collectors from 26 states and Canada.

Floyd and Cecil Whitley founded the Texas Carnival Glass Collectors Club and were active members in several carnival glass clubs. They conducted many seminars on their love of collecting and their carnival glass collection. Cecil passed away a few months ago but her passion for tumblers is preserved in her book, “Enameled Carnival Glass Tumblers,” assuring that the legacy of her knowledge and love of carnival glass will not be forgotten. Some of the rarest carnival glass tumblers will be sold with the rest of the Whitley tumbler collection at the end of 2010 and beginning of 2011.

Carnival glass clubs are active and organized with more than 20 clubs throughout the world. Several conventions are held each year in the United States and other countries.

For more information, visit the Seeck Auctions website at, call 641-424-1116 or e-mail Their mailing address is PO Box 377, Mason City, IA 50402.


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