Centre Handle Tray W.J. Hughes Corn Flower Paden City Glass Vermillion Pattern Platter Sandwiches Cookies Squares Desserts Vintage Serveware


This outstanding piece from the 1930s is an elegant depression glass tidbit tray with the classic Corn Flower motif cut by W.J. Hughes on a Paden City Glass Co. Centre Handle Tray in Vermillion Pattern and Clear Glass. With regards to the Corn Flower design, Canadian, W.J. Hughes was inspired by the blue wildflower cornflower that grew across Canada and in gardens and along roadsides in Dufferin County in his home province of Ontario. The elegant Vermilion pattern from Paden City (Line #555) has a teardrop design on around the edge, large teardrops at the centre of the base and a beautifully fanned center handle.

This beautifully functional art glass platter is ideal for serving tasty little morsels such as finger sandwiches, home-baked squares cupcakes and cookies, tarts, or any other tidbit worthy of beautiful presentation at a classy affair; for example a bridal or baby shower, afternoon tea or simply for no reason at all, any excuse for a celebration will do. Sometimes the occasion is just living your best life and enjoying the cake! This is a lovely, timeless gift that will become a treasured piece of special gatherings. Measures 11 1/4 inches in diameter. With handle it sits 4-3/4 inches high. Outside edge is a little over 1-1/4 inches high.

Condition: This tidbit platter is in good vintage condition with evidence of light wear, some slight shelf wear/hairline scratches on the bottom where it rests on the table. The platter is slightly warped/off kilter and there is a slight tilt up to one side. Please refer to the pictures as they are a part of the description. If you have any concerns about the condition or you require more detail I can provide additional photographs on request.

Please note that all sales on vintage/antique items are final. There are no cancellations once your shipment has been received by the post office and there are no returns or exchanges. If you have any questions prior to shipping please reach out and I would be happy to help. When purchasing multiple items from CrystallineEraVTG, I will combine shipping and refund the difference once the shipping label has been purchased

Some background info on Paden City Glass Company and W.J. Hughes' Corn Flower:

"Paden City Glass Manufacturing Company (1916-1951) was established in 1916 at Paden City, West Virginia. The company made over twenty different colors of glass. Paden City provided elegant glassware in the US for 35 years reaching its height in popularity during the Great Depression. Its pattern mold and mold blown glass was of good quality. The company sold its non-decorated ‘blanks’ to various decorating companies which etched, carved and gilded the blanks according to the fashion of the day. The decorating companies distributed the glassware. Paden City glass was not signed. Its products were marked with paper labels, most of which were removed by the owners. The company was to survive for 35 years only, closing forever in 1951. But in the time that the Company existed it created some of the most interesting glassware ever made in this country -- the elusive Paden City glassware held in such high esteem by collectors today."

"A glass cutter named W. J. (“Jack”) Hughes developed the iconic floral pattern. Hughes was born in a remote log cabin in Amaranth Township, Dufferin County, Ontario. His mother died when he was seven, and a period of poverty followed as his father struggled to raise six children alone. The children attended school periodically; however, the survival of the family farm often required them to put their studies aside.

Despite the hardship he experienced in his childhood, Hughes made the brave decision to leave the farm and move to the big city of Toronto. In 1902, he began his career of glass cutting at the Roden Brothers Company. The artform took hold of him, and on his own time, late into the night, he experimented with creating his own patterns, shapes, and motifs. In 1912, after a decade of learning the craft of glass cutting in a large factory, Hughes built his own cutting machine in the basement of his home: a simple frame fixed with rotating cutting stones powered by a foot pedal. He maneuvered by hand a glass blank (pre-fabricated and often imported from the United States) over the cutting stones to produce various lines and shapes.

Hughes fixed his attention on perfecting one particular floral pattern, inspired by the blue wildflower cornflower that grows across Canada and in gardens and along roadsides in Dufferin County. His Corn Flower design incorporated soft petals and vines around a grid-like centre. After refining the pattern between 1912 and 1915, it remained unaltered for the next 80 years."

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Most vintage and antique glassware should be hand washed only and not in the dishwasher; especially any pieces with graphics or colourful patterns, for example Pyrex, Fire King, Glasbake, Corelle, drinkware, etc. Dishwashers can dull the finish on these unique pieces and cause premature wear to the surface and patterns or cause what is known as DWD or Dishwasher Damage which is irreversible. It's always better to be safe and wash by hand if you can.

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