Books received: Warman’s Carnival Glass

“Warman’s Carnival Glass Identification and Price Guide” 2nd Edition, by Ellen T. Schroy: With its unusual combination of coloring and iridescence, carnival glass stands out on any collector’s shelf.

But there’s a lot more to this gorgeous glassware than its trademark finish. From Acanthus to Zig Zag, this dictionary-style guide shows photographic examples of nearly 250 carnival glass patterns in a variety of colors, including the ever-popular marigold, vaseline, amethyst opalescent, ice blue and white. Each pattern has a “facts at a glance” section that details which maker offered the pattern, the known colors and forms, identifying characteristics and other names by which the pattern may be known.

warman's carnival glassThis fact-packed, 254-page guide features more than 1,000 color photos of carnival glass pieces; a 45-page section devoted solely to pricing information (that is conveniently broken down according to pattern); a glossary of commonly used terms; histories and a timeline of common carnival glass makers; carnival glass colors; and details about the carnival glass production process.

This easy-to-use guide is a solid buy that’s a perfect at-home reference, especially for enthusiasts who are just getting started in carnival glass or who may be less familiar with colors, makers and patterns. If you’re going out for a day of antiquing, though, be sure to take a backpack or larger tote. This 8 1/4-inch by 10 7/8-inch guide is too big to fit in the average purse — but its information is so useful, you’ll want it with you while you hunt.

Softcover, 254 pages, $24.99. Krause Publications, www.krausebooks.com.

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