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.
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June 2, 2013
15th Annual Corn Flower Festival
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Admission $10, children under 10 free
In June, get ready to celebrate the accomplishments of Pete Kayser, who took over the W.J. Hughes Corn Flower Ltd after the death of his father-in-law. For the next forty years, under Pete’s leadership, the company expanded its product lines across Canada, and the world. He also developed a partnership with Imperial Glass, a major supplier of the glass “blanks” on which that the Corn Flower pattern was cut. Pete’s many successes include introducing Epic and Vistorama glassware lines, new product lines such as aluminum trays and milk glass kitchenware. He managed the business and product lines, training and supervised all the company workers, attended trade shows, all while developing the company into a recognized and respected product line that we continue to celebrate and collect today. The 2013 Festival will feature knowledgeable guest speakers, present research on product lines including product line “successes and failures from 1948 to 1988.” Pete will also lead the very popular Corn Flower identification or “share sessions”. This will be your opportunity to meet and thank Pete Kayser for making the Corn Flower name and product what it continues to be today.
The 2013 Corn Flower Festival will also feature a large consignment sale of authenticated Corn Flower pieces, a live fundraising auction of Corn Flower, lunch service, and much, much more.
Click here to view the 2012 "Wedding Memories" Corn Flower Exhibit