Decorated or Enameled Carnival Glass
Northwood, Fenton, Dugan and Imperial all applied enameled paint to some of their carnival glass pieces. Hand decorated glassware was common in the Victorian era which started in the 1800s and lasted until the early 1900s. Molds used to make Victorian hand decorated water sets were soon used to make hand decorated carnival glass sets. Hand decoration is primarily found on water sets but table sets, berry sets and individual bowls are also found decorated.

From its inception, the Northwood factory marketed decorated glassware. Frank L. Fenton joined the Northwood decorating department in the summer of 1897 and he, along with his brother John Fenton, founded the Fenton Art Glass Company in 1905 in an old glass factory building in Martins Ferry, Ohio. Fenton began by painting decorations on glass blanks made by other glass manufacturers but were soon making their own glass to decorate. So decorated glass was an important part of carnival glass makers line of business. When these factories started to make carnival glass around 1907, it was only natural that this glassware also got decorated.

For more information, please read Cecil Whitley's book "The World of Enameled Carnival Glass Tumblers".

Absentee Lotus and Grape - This bowl lacks the alternating clusters of grapes. In their place are hand decorated flowers. It is thought that this was done in the factory.

Anemone - This set is thought to be by Fenton. It is found on a cylindared shape pitcher in marigold. The flowers can either be white or pink as shown in the two photos.

Apple Blossoms Water Set - The decorated flower design is easy to distinguish from others as it is the only one with large overlapping blossoms. Very few pieces in the pattern come up for sale. Blue is the only color known. A cannonball style pitcher is also known.

Apple Blossoms Table Set - The same decoration is found on this table set as the Apple Blossoms Water Set. A berry set in blue is also known.

Booker Cider Set - Carl and Eunice Booker found the first cider mug in this pattern, so Bill Edwards named the pattern for them. The glass is clear with a delicate marigold overlay and nicely rendered flowers. A creamer or milk pitcher has also been reported.

Beaded Floral Band - This photo of water pitcher in the Beaded Floral Band pattern is courtesy of Chuck Hollendbach. This marigold tumbler with an enameled band of flowers and beads sold at a 1998 auction for $40. The maker is unknown.

Cara Nome - Little is known about this enameled pattern other than these pieces sold at a 2014 auction. The above water set in white brought $225. At the same auction where the above water set sold, an individual green tumbler in the Cara Nome decoration sold for $50.

Cherries -This is probably the most frequently seen enameled pattern. The pitchers may be called Cherries, Cherries and Little Flowers, or Cherries and Blossoms. The tumblers, lacking the small flowers, are all called Cherries. Both Fenton and Northwood made sets decorated in this design. They are impossible to tell apart except for the occasional Northwood mark.

Chrysanthemum - Not often seen. Some pitchers are on Fenton's Zig Zag blanks such as this blue one. Also known in marigold. Others are found on a bulbous style pitcher.

Chrysanthemum - This Chrysanthemum is on the interior drape cannonball pitcher. Known in this marigold.

Columbine - One of the more frequently seen pitchers and is found in a wide variety of colors for enameled items: amethyst, blue, green, and marigold. The pitcher is Fenton's Zig Zag.

Connie - In white and an especially pretty set. It sold at the 2014 Poucher auction for $500. Photo courtesy of Seeck Auctions.

Cosmos - Usually attributed to Fenton, these pitchers generally are of the cylindar type with a neck. Known in this marigold.

Crocus - Usually attributed to Fenton, these pitchers generally are of the interior drape cannonball type. Known in this white and also ice green and marigold.

Dahlia - Dugan applied red, blue, and gold coloring to many of its white Dahlia pieces. The water set shown here has blue colored flowers. The Dahlia Table Set is also found with these different color stains.

Daisies - Daisies were apparently popular flowers, or at least the name was. The pattern is sometimes called Double Daisies as the tumblers have just two flowers rather than groups of three or more as on the pitcher. Found in marigold. Can be found on a tankard-style pitcher.

Daisy and Buds - Found on bulbous water set pieces in marigold.

Daisy and Little Flowers - Found on bulbous water set pieces only in blue.

Dianthus - Some pitchers are the diagonal prism band shown here, but the enameling is also found on an interior drape pitcher. Found in this ice green and white.

Dotted Diamonds and Daisies - This pattern has a band of daisies around the shoulder of the pitcher but also gets its name from the diamond shapes made from dots on the body. The pitcher has a drapery effect on the interior.

Floral Spray - This very attractive pitcher and tumbler in clear carnival was in the collection of the late John Britt. He was never able to uncover the maker.

Forget-me-not - On the Forget-me-not pitchers, the smallish flowers are in two groups above and below the diagonal prism band. On the tumblers, the single flower is largely below the prism band. There may be slight variation on the flowers from piece to piece.

Forget-me-not - Same as the previous pattern but on a different tankard pitcher.

Freesia - Similar to other enameled patterns, some of which are occasionally identified as Freesia.

Good Luck - This Northwood blue Good Luck bowl with enameled flowers has been confirmed by James Measell to have been factory painted.

Ground Cherries - Variously ascribed to Northwood or Fenton. The pattern is distinctive because of the crescent-shaped detail around the cherries, which can be either red or white. In addition, the tumbler is unusual for decorated items in that it curves in toward the bottom (most decorated tumblers have straight sides). Found in blue.

Iris - The pattern consists of the named flower with the leaves at the base and the blossom extending through the diagonal band to the shoulder of the pitcher. Found in amethyst, blue, green and marigold.

Lily - The pattern's flower can be distinguished by the stamens coming from its center. Found in this green.

Lotus - Quite a rare set. The pitcher, which is the cannonball shape, has a drapery effect on the interior. There is a very large centered lotus in white with green leaves at the sides. Most tumblers have a blossom with green leaves on either side connected with horizontal stems, although there can be some variation in this arrangement. Found in ice green, marigold and white.

Magnolia - The Magnolia enameling is usually found on Fenton's interior drape bulbous pitchers, but some sets are known to be on interior coin dot bulbous pitchers and it can be found on a tankard-style pitcher also. The tumblers have an interior rib and enameling with varying numbers of blossoms hanging down.

Magnolia - A four piece Magnolia table set by Fenton with Smooth Rays interior.

Orchid - Ice Green with an orchid flower.

Orchid - Also called Orchid. This ice green pitcher, however, is found in the bulbous type pitchers.

Periwinkle - Found in bulbous type pitchers with tumblers. Marigold with blue and white flowers.

Periwinkle - Also found in other pitchers including this tall cylindar type. Marigold with blue and white flowers.

Phlox - This is on Fenton's Inverted Coin Dot pitcher in amethyst. In addition, Phlox can be found on a marigold interior drape pitcher.

Pretty Panels - Named for the interior panels in these Northwood Barbella tumblers.

Rose of Paradise - When this water pitcher and tumbler in green sold in 2016, this was the name given to it. The maker is unknown.

Shasta Daisy - The Shasta Daisy is found on Fenton's Zig Zag pitcher in marigold, white, and the ice green shown here. The flowers can be found in different colors.

Silver Queen - This decoration used on various shaped water pitchers. A cannon-ball shaped pitcher is also known. The pattern is attributed to Fenton.

Silver Queen - This version of Silver Queen is presented in a tankard pitcher and six tumblers.

Stippled Flower - Dugan factory enamelled several peach opal pieces including this Stippled Flowers bowl.

Stippled Petals - Dugan factory enamelled several peach opal pieces including this Stippled Petals dome footed bowl.

Victorian Garden - In September 2004, a reader sent in this photo of a spectacular decorated tankard he has had since 1992. The decoration was done on a Northwood's Interior Swirl pattern tankard pitcher. It is the only one so far reported.

Windflower - Windflower is also called "Clover" as the flowers on the pitcher resemble them. Found in marigold on these tall tankard pitchers.

Unknown - Similar to Forget-me-not with one set of flowers sitting above another. But this has fewer flowers in each group and there is no band in the glass separating them.