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We proudly offer this next piece of original antique Millersburg Carnival Glass, from the outstanding collection of Delores & Tom Smith of Central Tennessee. This is an incredible Emerald green Millersburg ruffled rim, large 9.5 x 9.5 x 3" deep bowl (weighing 1# 8 oz.) in the Rare & highly collectible interior “Nesting Swan” + Diamond & Fan exterior patterns, only produced from 1910 to 1911. This spectacular bowl has fantastic deep & rich iridescent diffused salts which showcase a magnificent luster, and the mold definition is simply stunning! Several references refer to the green coloration only, but there is also mention of an ultra RARE Emerald Green, under which ours may qualify. The standard green bowl in excellent condition lists in the $400-$500 range, BUT Dave Doty lists the Emerald at over $1,000! We will let our knowledgeable Carnival Glass collectors make that call. This splendid example is the first we have featured in a long time, and is in outstanding condition. Dont miss out on this incredibly beautiful bowl! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxIn 1908, while still president of Fenton Art Glass, John W. Fenton decided to open his own glass manufacturing facility. He chose Millersburg, Ohio, as the site and purchased several acres of land. The plant was apparently constructed in record time and was state-of-the art for the period. The factory opened in 1909 and began producing crystal glass. John Fenton was more of a promoter than a businessman and, while attracting a lot of investor interest, by promoting & producing local City & State commemorative event Carnival pieces, Fenton paid little attention to the day-to-day running of the operation, and almost no attention to the ledger sheets. History records, that Millersburg contracted for between 85 and 100 molds, with 77 being shown in actual production in 1910 & 1911. To put this in perspective, in the short two years of production, the company basically issued a new pattern EVERY 9 ½ DAYS!!! Put another way, Millersburg introduced nearly as many patterns in two years as did Imperial Glass, in almost a QUARTER OF A CENTURY!! This gigantic number of ordered glass molds, and the limited sales dealing with commemoratives such as the Ohio State Fair, strangled the company’s resources, and precluded further investment by outside investors. Forced into a structured reorganization in 1911, Millersburg declared final bankruptcy and passed into history in 1912.Although the company produced Carnival Glass for only two short years, the quality was such that it is considered among the best Carnival glass ever made. Furthermore, the not so well received commemorative pieces, due to scarcity, have become truly valuable collectibles. The first glass that Millersburg iridized in 1910, was called radium (extremely Rare). Collectors still use this name when referring to Carnival that has a bright shiny iridescence. Millersburgs earliest patterns in Carnival included Hobstar and Feather, Blackberry Wreath, and Rays and Ribbons. Research consulted: Standard Encyclopedia of Carnival Glass (2010, 12th ed.) / by Mike Carwile; Dave Dotys incredible Carnival Glass web site http://www.ddoty.com/index.html

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Excellent Condition

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$1.00

Buyer's Premium

  • 13%

RARE MILLERSBURG GREEN CARNIVAL NESTING SWAN BOWL XW

Auction ended on Sun, May 18, 2014
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Estimate $425 - $500
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