It didn't take too long until we found our first hen. The kids squealed in delight! (as did I and if you know me personally, I'm sure you can imagine my excitement!) We found 3 pieces in one little 'shop'. 2 were identical 'WHITE MILK GLASS' hens with painted red combs. I personally wasn't digging the painted parts and wanted to keep looking. There was also a clear glass model. Prices ranged for $10-15 so I decided that was affordable and I convinced the gang we need not decide yet, because there may be more to find!
We also found 2 similar bowls with ducks instead of hens, which was pretty cool too. This bowl was a little more expensive at about $20, but it was very pretty. There were many examples of other carnival glass in this same color about the store, so we all agreed it was a nice choice. Oh, and I know it was called Carnival Glass, because I commented to the older gentleman who checked us out that the iridescent is what sold us on this particular piece. He told me this was carnival glass. So of course, when I got home I hit the web. There is lots of info on these dishes and the companies who manufactured them. Our particular hen has a flat tail. The white milk glass hen above had a 3-D tail. I do believe the hen we purchased was made by Indiana Glass, who went out of business in 2002. According to one source I found, there were only 3 Carnival Colors manufactured including the amber we have. Indiana glass made hordes of colors and manufactured this particular hen for 70+ years. The Carnival colors were made in the 1970's. I believe I will look for more hens as we travel to different flea markets and sales throughout the summer. I will also try to learn about the makers and markings on the pieces so that I will do better identifying them when I find them. I still would love a dark green or cranberry piece so will keep my eyes peeled! The kids were very excited by the purchase and look forward to finding more in our travels. The husband, however, was not as excited by this fine piece of Americana as we were! Funny how once you get yourself some chickens, you are drawn to chicken art!