Update to the original posting of September 26, 2013…….
I was looking for the identification of another piece, when I came across a reference to the book – Canadian identification & price guide to W.J. Hughes Corn Flower glass by Krista A. Taylor. We have it at the local library (where I happen to work) so I borrowed it to have a look.
I found the piece I was seeking as well as this piece. Ms. Taylor identifies it as a 5 inch (as is mine) crimped footed compote. The blank was produced by West Virginia Glass Specialties. She cites the company’s 1981 catalogue as the source.
Nice to find a likely provenance. _______________________________________________________________
Although I enjoy the patterns of etches and cut that are found on glass, I think a ‘true’ expert enjoys the shape of the blank more. Together both characteristics tell the story of the piece.
It was the shape of this piece – compote ?, candy dish ?, jelly dish ? which appealed to me, since the cornflower cut is pretty common.
No idea who made it. Looked for a Heisey mark, to no avail. I posted it on the Everyday Elegant Glass Forum. The suggestion was made that it might be a piece of glass from a European glass company.
I don’t know if it was cut at the W. J. Hughes company or not. Too bad all pieces weren’t signed! But…still interesting.