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From time to time the topic of “prices” comes to the fore when collectors discuss carnival glass. “IRIDESCENCE IS THE ESSENCE” of Carnival Glass. When that factor is in place, price and desirability go hand in hand and repeatedly, those top grade pieces will remain higher in price and desirability over time.
The reason price guides reflect a wide variance in “price” for the same pattern/color: poor color, some damage, etc. is reflected in price results. True enough that every piece sells at auction; the reason being that individuals do not “see” the same quality. Perception is a large part of deciding what to purchase. When “Iridescence Is The Essence”, anything less is rejected or accepted for a cheaper price!
There are those who will buy rarity, no matter the iridescence,
and MANY of the rarities do not display very desirable iridescence.
Price guides are just that, no more. If you expect to purchase the quality portrayed in these beautiful green examples by any other means than “top price”, you are shortchanging your estimate.
We display many types of red iridescence in our segments on the subject. You may find study of those pieces a great help in understanding the wide variance in prices for “red” carnival. A silvery center or a slag effect in red examples will reduce the price every time! So it is with ALL base colors! You pay for just what you get!
When several bidders are determined to own a piece, then price guides are thrown out the window, and this attitude does not always reflect an appropriate “price”!
There is much more to owning carnival glass than its “price”!
Cambridge Emerald Green
INVERTED STRAWBERRY Spittoon.
INVERTED STRAWBERRY: Some of Cambridge glass has great iridescence and some of it does not. This spittoon could be termed spectacular. It offers a very good guideline for selection of other Cambridge examples.
Dugan FARMYARD, Sq.-Ruffled -
Only one known in green.
FARMYARD: Nearly every serious carnival glass collector is determined to own one of this pattern. This may well be the most desired design offered by Dugan. Three of the green 8” bowls are known. One has the eight-ruffled shape and the other two have the three-and-one-edge.
Fenton CONCORD 9 in. Bowl.
CONCORD: Plates and bowls with this type of color/iridescence always bring supreme prices. Super green in any pattern from Fenton is repeatedly desirable. Have you considered the fact that most bowls from Fenton are the six-ruffled variety?
Fenton DRAGON and STRAWBERRY
DRAGON & STRAWBERRY: This pattern follows the oriental theme which, according to Frank M. Fenton, was a favorite with his father, Frank L. Fenton. Any of the colors are quite desirable, with green being somewhat on the scarce side. The pattern is only found on these footed bowls.
Millersburg PEACOCK Sauce
MILLERSBURG PEACOCK: Has no bee at the beak and no beading on the urn. Whether ice cream shaped or ruffled, green examples are extremely scarce. Next to the very few blue ones, green would be the next in scarcity, followed by marigold and amethyst.
This beautiful Fenton
ORANGE TREE LOVING CUP
sports the Peacock Tail Interior.
ORANGE TREE LOVING CUP: Perhaps white examples are more rare than green, but certainly none of the other colors, amethyst, blue, and marigold could offer better iridescence. Only Fenton produced this unusual shape not often available at auction.
WATERLILY: These 5”- 6” footed sauces are very collectible in any of the array of colors Fenton produced: Amber, Amber slag, Aqua, Blue, Lime green opal, Marigold, Red, Reverse Amberina, Reverse amberina opal and Vaseline. Green is a very scarce color and locating a better one than we display would be difficult.
Northwood Emerald Green DIAMOND POINT
9 in. vase. $1500.ICGA Seeck Auction - July 2005
DIAMOND POINT VASE: Emerald green is designated by the base glass color. It then must have blue-type iridescence. This example answers that call. Sapphire examples in the pattern may be more expensive, but certainly no more beautiful. A fairly simple design from Northwood, but we all enjoy it.
Northwood FRUITS & FLOWERS Bonbon
FRUITS and FLOWERS BonBon: We believe this example qualifies as emerald green. What do you think? There are bonbon collectors who could certainly not pass on this footed example from Northwood. It would be difficult to wait and expect to find a better one.
Northwood THREE FRUITS 9 in. Bowl
with Ribbed Exterior in Green.
THREE FRUITS BOWL: This brilliant beauty has a lot going for it. Stippling, ribbed exterior, good mould strike, and the typical eight-ruffled edge found on the majority of ruffled bowls by Northwood. Would you pay a top price to have all this, overlooking the one missing flute? Decisions! Decisions!
ROSALIND Small Size Compote
in Green - RARE - $325. 7-08.
ROSALIND Small Compote: This Millersburg compote is the extremely rare 6” version known only in amethyst and green Carnival. The larger compote in this pattern is 9” tall.
Millersburg VINTAGE with
HOBNAIL Exterior. 9.5 in. diam.
VINTAGE: All of the 9 ½” and 5 ½” bowls in this pattern have the hobnail exterior. It is a beautifully executed, simple pattern. It can be ice cream shape, 3/1 edge or ruffled. One 3/1 edge blue bowl is known. The large size bowls come in green and marigold. One ruffled amethyst bowl is known. The smaller bowls are also rare, with only one amethyst, two each in blue and green, and perhaps eight in marigold.
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