Paden City Pottery



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Paden City pottery is a type of collectible American pottery. Paden City pottery specialised in dinnerware.


Paden City Pottery was founded in West Virginia, USA. To begin with, it manufactured semiporcelain dinnerware.

Paden City Pottery was established in 1907 near Paden City , WV. Their early wares are marked P.C.P.

The company made over twenty different colours of glass. Paden City's most popular colours are Cheri-Glo (pink) and Ruby, and its most popular patterns include Black Forest, Peacock, and Wild Rose.

During the 1930's, it began producing kitchenware.

Paden City Pottery exhibited a souvenir salad bowl at the 1938-1939 World's Fair.

Manufacture ceased in 1953.

One of the more popular lines among collectors is called "Caliente". It is a solid colour dinnerware that was popular in the thirties and forties. The shape is simple, featuring shell-like finials, handles, and feet. It sold poorly at the time of release and therefore few examples appear on the market today. Its unpopularity can be attributed to its unfashionableness - Art Deco designs were more desirable during the period in which it was marketed.

Collecting information


  • Blue Willow (1937)

The Blue Willow design was embossed into the body of the piece and glazed it in a deep blue so that the design shows through. There were only seven different items made. It was sold as a breakfast or luncheon set, which included six of each: cups, saucers, dinner, salad, and cereal. One each of a bowl and platter was included.

  • Elite (1936)

This shape had shell finials and feet. It had decal decorations of Hollyhocks (red, blue, and yellow hollyhocks next to a yellow picket fence), Iris (one large iris), Paden Garden (rows of red blue, and yellow flowers with green and black leaves in grey pots on pink and black shelves), Sun Ray (flowers and leaves in a red and black cross-stitch), and Wisteria. Caliente was sold by Montgomery Ward.

  • Highlight (1951-1953)

Highlight was designed by Russel Wright and was produced for a short time. Several pieces were made in "Snow Glass" and are extremely rare.

It was made in six colours: Blueberry, Citron, Green, Nutmeg, Pepper, and White. White replaced Snow Glass.

  • Manhattan (1933)

  • New Virginia (1940)

  • Regina (1932)

It is decal-decorated, with some pieces in Caliente colours.

  • Sally Paden (1934)

It has periodic squares of embossed cross hatching that band the rim and encircle the body. It is very similar to W.S. George's "Del Rio".

  • Shell Crest (mid 1937)

It was decorated in bright solid colours and pastel solid colours of Azure, Celadon, Cream, and Rose. The shakers are mostly found in pastel colours. The candle holders seem to be made in Caliente colours only.

You will find decals of Cornflower (a spray of cornflowers), Cottage Shelf (bric-a-brac on shelves), Good Earth (a farmer ploughing), Nasturtium, Patio (1938-pottery and a single red flower next to a doorway or under an awning), Petit Point (a rose bouquet), Rosetta (a rose among other flowers), Spinning Wheel (a woma at a spinning wheel), Studio (pottery and flowers, similar to Patio, but without the doorway), Thisteldown (a spray of thistles), and Village (houses and trees).

  • Caliente

First introduced in 1936. In 1938, about 6 months after the introduction of Shell Crest, it was brought out on the Bak-Serv ware.

Colours included: Tangerine Red, Turquoise Green, Sapphire Blue, and Lemon Yellow.

  • Shenandoah(1944)

The most frequently found decorations are underglaze decals that resemble hand painting - sometimes mistaken for Blue Ridge.

Some are known as: Cosmos, Jonquil, Miniver Rose, Morning Glory, Nasturtium, Poppy, and Strawberry.

  • Virginia (1939)

It was originally called "Bilmer". Within a few months the name was changed to "Virginia".

The colours were pastels and included: Powder Blue, Celadon Green, Dusty Rose, and Straw Yellow.

  • Bak-Serv (1931)

This line was distributed exclusively by the Great Northern Products Company of Chicago. Not much of it has been found. It is decal decorated. In 1938, Caliente colours were added. A teapot was added in 1930 and was decorated in marbleized iridescent colours of green or yellow.

Paden City pottery marks

  • Highlight - Bears the name of the distributor, Justin Tharaud.
  • Manhattan - "Manhattan PCP Co."
  • Papoco - "Papoco"
  • Regina - "Regina PCP Co."
  • Sally Paden - "Sally Paden P.C.P. Co."
  • Shell Crest - The mark is in the shape of a shell with two spellings "Shell Crest" or "Shell Krest".
  • Caliente - "Caliente Made in U.S.A."
  • Shenandoah - "Paden City Pottery Made in U.S.A. Underglaze" Sometimes the pattern name is present.
  • Bak-Serv - "Paden BakServ", An oval with "Good Housekeeping Institute " encircled by "Oven Proof Bak-Serv, P.C.P. Co., Made in U.S.A.", and Bak-Serv, Guaranteed, Oven-Proof, P.C.P. Co.".


Examine the condition of any piece closely - any evidence of damage ought to be reflected in the price quoted.

Price guide

Eight lunch plates brought $5 to Specialists of the South, Inc. in July 2011.

Six pieces of aluminium with china inserts brought $30 to Conestoga Auction Company in July 2011.

A 1950s three tier floor stand brought $35 to Cedarburg Auction & Estate Sales LLC in November 2010.

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