Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Corn Flower Collection
The DCMA holds the largest public collection of "Corn Flower" glassware, with more than 1600 coloured and clear glass pieces. Our museum is home to the family and business archives of W.J. Hughes & Sons "Corn Flower" Limited, including several one-of-a-kind glassware pieces created by W.J. Hughes for family members and friends. The DCMA’s "Corn Flower" collection is on exhibit each year from mid-January to mid-August, and always presented in a special themed exhibit, often featuring other artifacts from the Museum’s collection. When the collection is not on display, collectors and enthusiasts may contact us to arrange a special guided visit through the collections storage room to view items on the shelves. Museum staff, with the assistance of Pete Kayser, former "Corn Flower" Company president, are in the process of identifying the many glass blanks on which "Corn Flower" was cut. Archival material, photographs, and older company catalogues are available in our Archives for research purposes. The DCMA gift shop offers a selection of authenticated W.J. Hughes & Sons "Corn Flower" Limited glassware for sale, on consignment.

New donations of "Corn Flower" to the DCMA collection are always welcome.

A211-248
A211-248
Gold Rim Pitcher and Seven Sizes of Stemware and Tumblers The stemware is part of a matched 60 piece set, received as a wedding present Oct 6, 1928 by Irene Somerville and Homer Taylor, Toronto
A202-182 A-D
A202-182 A-D
Delicate Blue Stemware Three different sizes of stemware with blue bowls and clear stems. The blanks were produced by Tiffin Glass Co. who referred to this colour a "Twilite" produced ca. 1930.
A211-214
A211-214
Purple Sundae Amethyst bowl, clear stem produced by Tiffin Glass Co., Ohio, USA ca. 1928-1935. The DCMA has only four amethyst coloured glass blanks cut with W J Hughes Corn Flower in the permanent collection.
A211-232
A211-232
5 1/4 "Bud" cut Tray This small tray could have possibly been used to hold hair pins or jewellery. Perhaps it is an individual ashtray. Produced by Heisey Glass Co., Ohio, USA from 1928-1935. The pink colour is referred to as "flamingo".
A203-229, A207-09X, A211-067, A212-048
A203-229, A207-09X, A211-067, A212-048
Candlesticks and Table Settings These three items were cut by W J Hughes but not using the familiar floral design, only leaves and sprigs. Cut in the early 1920s the trio includes two candlesticks and a knife rest. They are set on a fabric placemat with the Corn Flower design silk-screened in blue. These were used for trade show displays ca. 1960.
A212-093
A212-093
Ruby Flash 171/2 Platter An unknown blank, this large platter was owned by Cecil Alfred Hughes a cutter at W J Hughes Corn Flower factory and nephew of owner "Jack" Hughes. It was a family treasure, recently donated to the DCMA collection in memory of Cecil Hughes.
A211-243
A211-243
Black-footed Tumblers These unusual footed tumblers were produced ca. 1930 by Fry Glass Co. of Pennsylvania. The DCMA has two sizes in our collection, they are believed to be water and juice glasses. The base is "black amethyst"in colourand appears in a petal shape.
A212-241
A212-241
Base-cut Pitcher A small 3 3/4 clear glass pitcher. The blank was called Tiffin No. 6, belived to date to the late 20s. It was not a regular cutting practice of W J Hughes Corn Flower to cut a flower on the bottom of the pitcher.
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