This 11" Vintage Paden City Glass Co. Black Amethyst Black Forest Pattern Open Handle Cake Plate circa: 1928-30'is in very good condition. Actual diameter is about 11 1/4", not including the handles, and height at the rim approximately 1 1/8". A little History: The Paden City Glass Mfg. Company was founded at Paden City, West Virginia, in 1916. 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, and most talked about glassware ever made in this country -- the elusive Paden City glassware is held high esteem by collectors today. Paden City's foremost virtue is not however, the unique items or shapes it made. It is rather in the fact that the items made by Paden City can be found in unexpected colors. Paden City's array of colors is no greater than that of any other company, but the colors were handled with a virtuosity not equaled by many. A ruby colored sugar pourer is an example. A turquoise reamer is another. The company left no lists of what items were made in what colors, so today the list of Paden City surprises seem endless. Colored glassware came into Paden City's repertoire very early - Black glass (that which is erroneously called black amethyst today) and an opaque white called Opal (so called milk glass) may well have been made from Paden City's beginning.