Guide to collecting carnival glass, America’s iridescent glassware

Fenton carnival glass bowl

The term “carnival glass” has evolved through the years as glass collectors have responded to the idea that much of this beautiful glassware was made as giveaway glass at local carnivals and fairs. However, more of it was made and sold through the same channels as pattern glass and Depression glass. Some patterns were indeed giveaways, and others were used as advertising premiums or souvenirs. This article offers a list of major carnival glass makers and popular forms. Read More +

What’s hot in this year’s antique glassware market is a matter of taste


Like most collectible areas, the glass market is slowly recovering from tough market conditions. Prices of smalls were off 20 to 40 percent because of the recession. Like the real estate market, glass experienced a bubble of unrealistically high prices. In this excerpt we look at which segments of glass collecting show strength and why the market is less regionalized than it was before the crash.
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Glasshouse Whimsies: Non-production creations are as unique as the artists themselves

Glasshouse whimsies – whether they are entirely free-form or created from production glass pieces – are items made by glassworkers to show off their skills. Whimsies, often given the misnomers "end-of-day" or "lunch-hour" pieces, are known as "friggers" in England. They are non-production pieces; other than the use of factory glass, the whimsies have no connection to the glass factory.
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Bidders prepare to battle it out ?for rare McCoy, Hull cookie jars

Starting May 21, a significant collection of art pottery to include 45 pieces of Roseville, 24 pieces of Weller and nearly as many pieces of Van Briggle. Red Wing, Hull, Belleek and other makers, kick off a two-day event carried live online by About 30 cookie jars will be sold. Bidders will be interested in the rare McCoy Astronaut, the Shawnee Smiley Pig, Hull Little Red Riding Hood, and Ice Cream Elephant, Dalmatian and Humpty Dumpty, all by McCoy.
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