Carnival Glass Terms
FREE eBook (by download)
Second Edition – just released. We have updated and added extra, fascinating information to our hugely successful and popular “Guide to Carnival Glass Terms” free eBook.
We now offer a FREE thirty-five page eBook that is packed full of detailed information and illustration of around 160 terms and definitions frequently used by Carnival Glass collectors. Collectors will also be delighted to know that, due to popular demand, the Second Edition also includes several new features including an Appendix of old newspaper ads featuring Carnival Glass.
The terms are all things that have been mentioned, and asked about, over the last year here on our Carnival Glass NetworK Group on Facebook. We hope you will enjoy it and that you find it a useful reference document.
The eBook is a PDF document that everyone should be able to use. You can download it below - simple click on "Download File" and enjoy!
Further Reading: Features (and defects) of handmade pressed Carnival Glass by Glass Engineer (the late) Howard Seufer, with additional material provided by Glen & Stephen Thistlewood.
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about the features and defects of handmade pressed glass.
Some of the earliest pieces of Classic Carnival are over 100 years old, so it's not surprising that some will show damage - from the very obvious such as a large chip, to the less significant. Collectors have developed a whole variety of descriptive terms: chip, flake, flea-bite, chigger, rough spot, and even “no-harm” damage. Damage may also have been caused by poor care over the years - over-cleaning or the use of abrasive cleaners which damage the very thin iridescent surface, leaving it open to oxidation and dullness.
However, in "Features (and defects) of handmade pressed Carnival Glass", Howard shares his considerable expertise to explain the characteristics of pressed glass that reflect the way the glass was actually made, at a time when “quality control” was less rigorous than modern-day consumers would expect. Inevitably, some of these features may be thought of as damage or defects, but it's important that collectors can recognise these features and defects for what they actually are - characteristics that result from the glass-making processes.