A sampling of Stretch Glass
Many Carnival Glass auctions include some Stretch Glass. While iridized, Stretch Glass generally has no pattern or very simple patterns. Another difference is the type of iridescence--usually a soft lustrous type, sometimes with an onion skin effect. Stretch was made from about 1916 to about 1935, a bit later than classic Carnival. This is not intended to be a comprehensive display of Stretch, but to give the reader an idea about what Stretch looks like. The best reference is American Iridescent Stretch Glass (1998), by John Madeley & Dave Shetlar.
Some patterns are claimed by Stretch collectors and Carnival collectors alike. Northwood's Concave Diamonds is one of these and is found in water sets, tumbleups, and vases. Imperial's Smooth Panels vases are also found in both Carnival and Stretch. This 7 1/2" tall vase in a smokey ice blue sold for $90 in 2000. In 2002, a white example, 8 1/4 inches tall, sold for $85 and a white 4 7/8 inch for $80. These chathedral-shaped covered candy jars were made by several companies--with very minor differences. They are found in several sizes. This one, a one-pound example in russet, sold for $25 in 2002. One described as sapphire sold for $40, also in 2002.
The Double Dolphins (or Twin Dolphins, as some people call it) was made by Fenton. This one is in a color called tangerine. It sold for $245 in 2003. Another in tangerine sold for $175 in 2001; one in ice green for $130 the same year, and one in pink for $100 in 2001. Compotes are found in a wide variety of patterns and shapes. This one, 7 1/2 inches across and in ice green vaseline, sold for $65 in 2003.
These baskets could also be referred to as Plane Jane. Ten to 10 1/2 inches tall, in smoke and teal, they sold for $35 and $70, respectively, in 1997. More compotes. On the left is a Fenton #400 that brought $20 in 1999 and a U.S. Glass #310 that sold for $25 at the same auction. Both are celeste blue.
This is probably a Fenton compote. In celeste blue, they're worth $40 to $60. Bowls seldom sell for much except for elaborate designs and rare colors. This 10-inch bowl in celeste blue sold for just $5 in 1999.
This creamer and sugar in ice green with cobalt handles sold for $90 in 2003. Nut sets are seen occasionally in Stretch. This one in vaseline (with 5 rather than 6 individual nut cups), sold for $175 in 2003.
Fenton Rib Optic water set in celeste blue with lid and coasters. This sold for $375 in 2006. Photo courtesy of Seeck Auctions. Diamond Pretty Panels water set in celeste blue. Sold for $125 in 2006. Photo courtesy of Seeck Auctions.
This Diamond candleholder/bowl in celeste blue brought $75 in 2006. Photo courtesy of Seeck Auctions. Listed as Fenton #10, this pink covered compote sold for $40 in 2006. Photo courtesy of Seeck Auctions.
This red ruffled fruit bowl sold in 2013 for $250. Photo courtesy of Seeck Auctions. An unusual red punch bowl and base with iridescence both inside and out. It sold for $1,200 in 2013. Also in 2013, a very similar red punch bowl and base, but iridized only on the inside of the bowl, sold for $850. Photo courtesy of Seeck Auctions.