Welcome to the Library.

Here you will find the bookshelves full of information.
Most of which is about my hobby, collecting Carnival Glass.
Enjoy the links to many great antique and carnival glass sites.

To order your copy of my self-published book entitled,
"Carnival Glass Club Commemoratives, An Informative Guide"
by Diane C. Rosington, go to
Commorative Book Order
for instructions and information.
Don't miss out on the history of carnival glass clubs and their souvenirs!
Also featured is information direct from Mr. Frank Fenton of The Fenton Art Glass Company.

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Background of Carnival Glass


Carnival glass was manufactured between 1905 and 1930 by various companies in the United States and abroad. The iridization was achieved by spraying the surface of the glass prior to firing. This produced a very colorful, beautiful product and was extremely affordable for the average family.

Carnival glass is the last hand-shaped glass mass-produced in America. The variety of shapes and colors attest to the glassmaker's skills. When considering a piece of Carnival glass, there are many factors to take under consideration. They are color, manufacturer, shape, finish, availability, and pricing. Much debate has and will take place regarding any or all of these factors and the role it plays in determining a piece's worth.

But in the end, as a collector, I think it can really be summed up like this:

If you see it, like it and can afford it, BUY IT!


Many variations of color exist. Some colors seem to be more readily available from some manufacturers than others.

Basic colors are: Marigold, Amethyst/Purple, Blue, Green, Red, White, Teal, Smoke, Ice Green, Ice Blue, Pastel, Clambroth, Aqua Opalescent, Peach Opalescent and many more variations of the above.


Basic shapes include (but were at the 'whim' of the glassmaker): Bowls (round, oval, sauce, fruit, ice cream and more), tumblers, mugs, decanters, vases, whimseys, plates, pitchers, sugar/creamer/breakfast sets, dresser sets, oil lamps, rose bowls, candlesticks, compotes, nut bowls, spittoons, baskets and many more!

As you can see, Carnival Glass was created to be a versatile, usable product in colors that brighten any home. This was indeed the 'poor man's Tiffany.' Over 70 years later, it is still being sought by collectors from all walks of life, to display, enjoy, cherish.


Many antiques show the wear of time, travel and love. Most damage will cause a fluctuation in the prices when compared to a 'perfect' piece. There is an adage that says "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." So, the question is, if it's damaged, how much does it detract from the beauty?

There are several ways to look at this. You could take the viewpoint that if it's not perfect it's not something that you wish to have in your collection. If you chose this viewpoint, you may just be missing out on having a great piece because of minor damage, which is another way of looking at it. If the piece is missing a major portion, then the answer is probably no...you are not missing out on much. Many collectors cannot afford to have a 'pure' collection. That is why it is important to allow for minor damage when considering a piece and its value. Of course, again, if you are a collector, you approach this from a perspective different from a dealer.

The following are guidelines I was given a few years ago. I hope they will help you when you are deciding whether to buy or pass up a piece of great glass. All but the the chunk size damage should be priced at about 25% less than the guideline prices. But only you can make the final decision. These are the descriptions you may often encounter.

Scratch - less than a pin head
Pinhead - small head of a straight pin
Chigger bite - same as pinhead
Chip - larger than a pinhead but less that 1/4"
Ding - barely thru the surface
Flake - runs the direction of the glass
Chunk - larger than 1/4"

Pictured below are just a couple of ideas
of what can be done with damaged carnival glass so that it may still be enjoyed.
These were made from an Open Rose/Lustre Rose 10" Marigold Bowl by Imperial.
Display unit by Duncan Displays of Boulder City, Nevada.

Check this out for more information on glass making. Included are pictures, explanations and descriptions of the glass making process.

Reference Books in My Personal Library

Collecting Carnival Glass
Francis Joseph

Carnival Glass - A Collection of Writings by Don Moore
Don Moore

Colors in Carnival Glass - Book 4
Sherman Hand

Carnival Glass in Color
Marion T. Hartung

Northwood Pattern Glass - Clear, Colored, Custard and Carnival
Marion T. Hartung

A Field Guide to Carnival Glass
David Doty

The Collector's Guide to Northwood's Carnival Glass
Carl O. Burns

The Collector's Guide to Dugan Diamond Carnival Glass
Carl O. Burns

Imperial Carnival Glass Identification and Value Guide
Carl O. Burns

The Standard Encyclopedia of Carnival Glass, Revised 3rd Edition
Bill Edwards

Standard Encyclopedia of Carnival Glass, 4th Edition
Bill Edwards

Standard Encyclopedia of Carnival Glass, 5th Edition
Bill Edwards

Standard Encyclopedia of Carnival Glass, 6th Edition
Bill Edwards

The Shape of Things in Carnival Glass
Donald E. Moore

Millersburg Glass
Marie McGee

Collecting Carnival Glass
Marion Quintin-Baxendale

Iridescent Hatpins and Holders from the Carnival Glass Era
Jerry Ferris Reynolds

Australian Carnival Glass Valuation Guide
Ken Arnold

Glen and Stephen Thistlewood

The First Book of Carnival Glass
Marion T. Hartung

The Second Book of Carnival Glass, One Hundred Patterns
Marion T. Hartung

The Third Book of Carnival Glass
Marion T. Hartung

The Fourth Book of Carnival Glass
Marion T. Hartung

The Fifth Book of Carnival Glass
Marion T. Hartung

The Sixth Book of Carnival Glass
Marion T. Hartung

The Seventh Book of Carnival Glass
Marion T. Hartung

The Eighth Book of Carnival Glass
Marion T. Hartung

The Ninth Book of Carnival Glass
Marion T. Hartung

The Tenth Book of Carnival Glass
Marion T. Hartung

Northwood's Patttern Glass
Marion T. Hartung

The Encyclopedia of Carnival Glass Lettered Pieces
John D. Resnik

Carnival Glass
Raymond Notley

Carnival Glass, The Magic and The Mystery
Glen and Stephen Thistlewood

Carnival Glass Auction Prices
Tom and Sharon Mordini

The Glass Collector

Pattern Glass Preview

Collecting Glass, Volume 3
William Heacock

Collector's Illustrated Price Guide, Carnival Glass
Bill Schroeder

"A book is like a garden carried in the pocket." -Chinese Proverb

Favorite Authors

Danielle Steel
Visit Danielle Steel's Web Site

Laverle Spencer
Fern Michaels

The Unofficial Dictionary

The Unofficial Parent's Dictionary

Dr. Seuss and Computers

Enjoy My Friend's Antique Sites and Their Many Links

Birdsong Farm Antique & Collectibles
John Valentine's Contemporary Carnival Glass Website
Over The Hill Collectibles
Glyn Dodwell's English Carnival Glass Website
Premo's World
Imperial Carnival Glass Colors
Visit Art Glass Awakenings
Hayes Family Page

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