Colours Of The Depression Glass Kitchen

In the March, 1999 issue of The WayBack Times, a monthly newspaper in Ontario highlighting antiques, Walter T. Lemiski, M.A. wrote a wonderful article entitled “Colours in the Depression Glass Kitchen” about the various colours of Depression Glass that are available. I would like to point out that not each style or design of depression glass comes in each colour. I have seen Corn Flower in many colours, but not all of the ones listed below.

With Walter’s permission, here is the list of colours:

AMBER – transparent colouring only, much of this produced by the Federal Glass Company
BLACK – an opaque colour, McKee, Fenton, and L.E. Smith were the main producers
CHALAINE BLUE – opaque light blue, “robins egg” blue, a scarce colour
CLAMBROTH GREEN – translucent, light green shade
CLAMBROTH WHITE – translucent, milky white colour
COBALT BLUE – dark, rich transparent blue, most produced by Hazel Atlas Glass Company
CRYSTAL – the depression glass collector’s name for clear glass dishes, creamer, pitcher, reamers, refrigerator jars, sugar, and tumblers found in pink, crystal, and ultramarine.
DELPHITE – another opaque blue, darker than Chalame, produced by Jeannette and McKee Glass Companies
FOREST GREEN – transparent dark green
GREEN – transparent, produced by most depression glass companies
PINK – transparent, another widely produced shade
RED – transparent, few items produced
SEVILLE – McKee’s opaque yellow shade
SKOKIE – McKee Glass Company opaque, light jade green colour
VITROCK – Hocking’s opaque, pristine white glass
WHITE – opaque white, like milk glass, McKee Glass Company and others.
YELLOW – transparent colour, few items manufacture

Walter Lemiski is an avid collector of Depression Glass, Carnival Glass and Victorian Art Glass. He has been a frequent contributor to the Toronto Symphony, the Ford Centre for the Performing Art’s, and numerous other arts and antique publications. He is the current director of the Canadian Depression Glass Association, established in 1976. The CDGA produces a bimonthly newsletter providing information about Depression Glass and related topics to fellow “Preservationists of Depression Era Glassware”.

On vacation…

I’m currently away on vacation up in the Kawarthas… a small town called Buckhorn. We’ve been renting a cottage at the Three Castles Resort for years now. There are a few antique shops and shows around so hopefully I’ll have something to report when I get back.

Blue Hughes Corn Flower

I met a dealer at a show in Mapleview Mall in Burlington. I gave him my card and told him to contact me if he ever got a piece of blue. Well, he got a piece and emailed me and I bought it. It is a lovely new Martinsville Radiance blank. I don’t want to share the price, but let’s just say that it is substantially more than the $1.99 I paid for the bowl mentioned in a previous post (over a hundred times more!)
But it’s worth it. I am particularly interested in collecting coloured pieces, and this is my first piece of blue colour.

What a bargain!

I was recently at the Value Village in Hamilton, Ontario. (Value Village is a store where people donate used goods and the store sells them and profits go to charity.) Outside they have a donation bin, and I spotted a large pedestal bowl outside beside the bin. The bowl was filled with old silverware. I asked a clerk inside the store if I could buy the bowl. She didn’t know and so asked the person who prices the glassware. He came around and studied the piece, so I was thinking he might price it high. He priced it at $1.99! Of course I bought it. Bowls similar to this are pictured in Krista Taylor’s book for $75 to $125. What a bargain!

New Acquisition

Yesterday Marsha and I went antiquing (as I like to do on Saturdays). We went to Lakeshore Antiques, the Forum Gallery, and the Ice Creamery (arts/crafts, antiques, and ice cream) all in the Niagara-on-the-Lake area. The first two were strike-outs, but at the Ice Creamery we found a beautiful Hughes Corn Flower double candalabra. It is pictured in neither Wayne Townsend’s nor Krista Taylor’s books. Similar candalabra in Krista’s book are priced in the $75-$150 range and I acquired it for $18!
At the same place (the Ice Creamery) we also got a mayonaise bowl and plate set (Hughes Corn Flower Candlewick). It did not come with a spoon, but I had one that seems to match. This piece is shown on page 91 (top picture) of Krista’s book for $60 – $80. I acquired it for $30.

Updates to web site

I have updated the web site and will continue to tweak it. If you have any problems viewing any of the site or have any suggestions, be sure to email us.

Updated About Me page

I realized today that I haven’t updated the About Me page in 3 years! I updated it to reflect the new grandkids and marriages and jobs.

2004 Corn Flower Festival

The annual Corn Flower Festival was held this past Sunday June 6 at the Dufferin County Museum. It is held every year on the Sunday closest to Lois Kaysers’ birthday. As you know Lois is the daughter of W. J. Hughes who developed the wonderful Corn Flower pattern. In conjunction with the festival a birthday dinner is held on the preceding Saturday evening to honour Lois’ birthday. Marsha and I were invited to attend the dinner this year along with a few other avid collectors and friends and family of Lois. The food was delicious and the company was great. Before and after the dinner we were able to preview all of the exhibits. Unfortunately Marsha and I were not able to stay over for the actual festival on Sunday but we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on Saturday evening. We have already made plans to be there both days next year.

New Home Page

Welcome to the new and improved HughesCornFlower.com home page. We are slowly getting around to updating the site, and this is the next step. As Brian acquires new pieces or as Graham updates the site, updates will be posted to this page. Enjoy!