|In operation November 1916 to September 1951
Early lines consisted of pressed patterns, molds for many of which were obtained from the J. B. Higbee Co. ? #203 Webb (1918), #205 Estelle (1918), #206 Pineapple (1918), #198 Ross, #199 Inna, #202 Virginia, #204 Etta, and #209 Edna. Most items were made in crystal with some being made in opal or black. Starting in 1924 and thru the early 1930s, Paden City became more innovative adding colour and decorations to their lines, becoming known as The Color Company.
Lines made by Paden City include #210 Regina (1925), #191 Party Line (1928), #300 Archaic (1928), #700 Simplicity, #701 Triumph (1929), #215 Glades (1931), and #211 Spire, #69 Georgian (1934), #90 Chavali?r, #211 Spire, #991 Penny Line (1931), #994 Popeye & Olive (1932), #412 Crow?s Foot Square (1932), #881 Gadroon (1933), #411 Mrs. B (1935), #895 Lucy (1935), #220 Largo (1937), #221 Maya, #330 Cavendish, #Unknown Nerva (1937), # 890 Crow?s Foot Round (<1942), #444 Alexander (<1943), #555 Mr. B (<1943), #777 Comet (1949), #1503 Trance, #1504 Chaucer, and #2000 Mystic.
Paden City was well known for it?s many etches, especially the bird etches ? Peacock and Rose, Nora Bird, Lela Bird, Delilah Bird. Other popular etches are Orchid, Spring Orchard, Utopia & Gazebo, Ardith, and Black Forest. Paden City also produced a full line of glass animals during the 1940?s.
In late 1952 or early 1953, Canton Glass of Marion, Indiana purchased the remaining Paden City inventory which consisted of four-train boxcar loads of glass along with a number of their molds. The Paden City inventory was sold thru Canton?s 1954 catalog. They did not make use of the Paden City molds until 1970 when they made a few of the #69 Georgian tumblers in some rather unique colours. In addition, three of the #69 Georgian tumbler molds and several of the glass animal molds went to New Martinsville. Paden City Pottery and Fenton Glass also acquired several of the Paden City glass animal molds.
In late 1952 or early 1953 ? L.G. Wright obtained the Paden City etching plates and used the P.E. #517 Black Forest as their Forest etching on the old (circa 1895) Bellaire #600 line goblet. This became their L.G. Wright #77-21 Daisy & Cube footed goblet and their L.G. Wright #72-1 Daisy & Cube footed compote with Forest etching sold between 1965 and 1984. In addition, L.G. Wright?s King?s Crown items (goblet and bowl) with the Forest etching were made from molds borrowed from Indiana Glass sometime between 1965 and 1984.
Books on Paden City include:
PADEN CITY: The Color Company, Jerry Barnett, 1978, Stevens Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill.
PADEN CITY GLASS, The Lost Plates: PRINTS from the Etching Plates, Bredehoft, Six and Walker, 2000, WVMAG Monograph. #8
PADEN CITY Glass Manufacturing Company, Catalog Reprints from the 1920?s (thru the 1940s), O. O. Brown, 2000, Antique Publications, Marietta, OH
PADEN CITY GLASSWARE, Torsiello & Stillman, 2002, Schiffer Books, Atglenn, PA
PADEN CITY GLASS COMPANY: 1916 ? 1951, Walker, Bratkovitch, and Walker, 2003, Antique Publications, Marietta, OH
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PADEN CITY GLASS, Domitz, Carrie & Jerry, 2004, Collector Books, Paducah, KY
Bill and Sandy Walker are collectors, scholars and sellers of depression era glass. They now live in Cleburne, Texas.