World’s largest public Corn Flower glassware collection undergoing ‘big upgrade’


The rare blues and purples found in the world’s largest public collection of Corn Flower glassware is expected to sparkle even brighter once the Dufferin County Museum and Archives wakes from a winter hibernation.

From now until spring, the museum will be closed to the public as it undergoes a $450,000 renovation project for its W.J. Hughes & Sons Corn Flower Limited glassware collection.

“A lot of people that have Corn Flower collections in their home might not realize that it came from Dufferin County,” said Dufferin County Museum and Archives (DCMA) curator Sarah Robinson, noting the museum’s collection of more than 2,000 pieces features some of the rarest Corn Flower items around.

“We have groupings of blue and purple (Corn Flower glassware) that are especially rare,” Robinson said. “Very few collectors across North America that would have the pieces in our collection.”