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Hughes Corn Flower History

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

From Orangeville.com: 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 […]

Corn-flower glass design a sparkling work of art

!! From the Orilla Packet: In 1914, William John “Jack” Hughes began cutting glass tableware full-time in the basement of his home at 212 Wychwood Ave., Toronto. Ninety years later, his popular floral pattern, which he called “corn flower,” is one of the most sought-after glass patterns in Canadian antique and collectible outlets. Corn flower […]

Museum Matters

From the Orangeville Citizen: How does Dufferin celebrate its heritage? Traditionally, by involving the entire community and by celebrating all year long! The staff of the Dufferin County Museum and Archives are looking forward to 2009. Why? Because they are planning events and programs for the whole community for the whole year to celebrate their […]

Museum celebrates Corn Flower glass

From the Georgetown Independent & Free Press: Archives celebrates the famous Corn Flower glassware pattern at its annual Corn Flower Festival, this Sunday (June 8). Pete and Lois (Hughes) Kayser, the owners and former operators of the W.J. Hughes Corn Flower Company will be on hand to answer questions on Corn Flower. Meet Krista Taylor, […]

Show of corn flower

From the St. Thomas Times-Journal: There was a time when corn flower glass products were as common in households as pocket change in Canada. “It was the most common shower, anniversary or wedding gift given from the 1940s to the 1960s,” said Pat Zimmer, curator of the Aylmer and District Museum. An extensive collection of […]

Orangeville, The Heart of Dufferin County

Wayne Townsend, the curator of the Dufferin County Museum & Archives, has written a book about Orangeville. The Global Genealogy web site has a write-up about the book and a brief bio of Wayne. Part of it specifically mentions corn flower: In the last two years, since discovering the Dufferin County connection to W. J. […]

Hughes Corn Flower history article

I found this on the Antique67 web site and reprint the entire article below: Hughes Corn Flower Walter Lemiski, M.A. New Martinsville amber Moondrops 3-lite candlestick The founder of the W.J. Hughes Corn Flower Company, William John Hughes, was born in Amaranth County, Ontario in 1881. Tragically his mother died when he was a young […]

Crazy for Corn Flower

I just saw this on the Wayback Times web site: Crazy for Corn Flower by Walter Lemiski M.A. walt@waltztime.com If you’ve been out at auctions lately, or at one of the four annual Canadian Depression Glass Shows then you know that folks are still just crazy for Corn Flower! The beautifully cut crystal pieces sell […]

Hughes Corn Flower: An Elegant Canadian Tradition

By Walter Lemiski M.A. The founder of the W.J. Hughes Corn Flower Company, William John Hughes, was born in Dufferin County, Ontario in the early 1880’s. As a young man he was employed by Roden Brothers silversmiths of Toronto in the 1890’s. Fortunately for him and for glass collectors, when that firm expanded their lines […]