This retro kitchenware—in all kinds of colors and patterns—comes with rich history. Vintage Pyrex pieces are hardly a rarity.
Until recently, old Pyrex was purchased mainly by longtime devotees unable to find replacements for a broken coffeepot or chipped mixing bowl. But in the past few years, old Pyrex has attracted new admirers, particularly among those who grew up with it.
Although a nostalgic collector might buy a mixing-bowl set because it stirs memories, Pyrex is functional and almost demands to be used. David Ross, a vintage-kitchenware dealer from Melrose, Massachusetts, threw out his drip coffeemaker when he bought a Pyrex percolator. The buoyantly colored mixing bowls and leftover boxes that filled kitchen cabinets in the s still exude cheerful domesticity. Inthe company introduced Pyrex: a piece line of machine-made glass ovenware comprising casseroles, pie platescustard cups, shirred egg dishes, individual baking dishes, and a loaf pan.
The curious trademark, chosen after discarding candidates like Pie-Right and Py-Right, blended the sound of the word pie with the "X" used frequently on Corning products.
Pyrex was an immediate success—and a notable improvement over the metal utensils of the time. Food cooked more quickly in glass and did not stick; food flavors disappeared after washing; and the cook had the pleasure of seeing when the food was done.
Women were very involved with the evolution of the brand. According to the Corning Museum of Glassthe company hired several women to join the team in order to test and promote the Pyrex brand.
A torrent of new Pyrex products followed, from pie plates and casseroles in marginally different sizes to platters, biscuit and cookie pans, vegetable dishes, even salt and pepper shakers. Available at most hardware and department stores, they often cost less than a dollar apiece.
Because so many Pyrex pieces were made for a short time, part of the fun is finding unexpected items—canning jars, baby bottles, even percolators with wooden handles, which were made as prototypes.
Although antiques dealers are beginning to carry it, Pyrex usually turns up in more humble settings, like yard salesflea marketsand thrift shops. The price often depends on the object's desirability and condition. Patterned Pyrex—such as the Pink Daisy or the Colonial Mist—also tend to be valuable as a collector's item. Other popular patterns include the Butterprint, which features an Amish couple and their crops, and has been valued at a few hundred dollars. You will want to identify which pattern you have and its year to determine how much it's worth in the marketplace.
Condition can determine whether an object is desirable or merely junk. But colored Pyrex must look shiny and new. Practicality can also affect an item's allure.
Cinderella nesting bowls, a late s design flanked by a pair of lips for gripping and pouring, are less popular with collectors than the lipless bowls.
Pyrex is easy to authenticate because pieces were marked with a logo. In their book, Rogove and Steinhauer show 23 backstamps used between and to identify Pyrex and Flameware, the aluminosilicate glass Corning manufactured between and for percolators, double boilers, and other items used on the stove top.
Determining the age of other items can be more of a challenge, though there are a few obvious indicators. Clear glass manufactured until has a yellowish tinge due to the arsenic added to help shape the glass. Flameware made from until shortly after the war was tinted blue to distinguish it from Pyrex. And mixing bowls from the sixties are thinner than those made in the forties.Results matching fewer words. Skip to main content. Include description. Used 15 Items Not Specified 6 Items 6. Please provide a valid price range.
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For still others, the fun of Pyrex is in the thrill of the hunt. Vintage Jadeite and Fire King have similar followings. This sudden surge in popularity makes some Pyrex collectors wary.How to Clean Vintage Pyrex! Step by Step DIY Guide to Turn Vintage Glassware Trash into Treasure!
Pyrex hunting and collecting is fun and easy, if you know what to look out for. Bythe Pyrex line featured 22 different pieces that served various purposes. But the colored vintage Pyrex bowls, which debuted in and lasted well into the s are what collectors go crazy over.
While everyone has their favorite Pyrex pattern, the rarer patterns are in higher demand for obvious reasons. Pyrex patterns are classified as Standard or Promotional. Standard patterns were manufactured for at least two years, while promo patterns were only featured on a limited number of pieces for a limited time. As you can imagine, promotional Pyrex patterns can be quite expensive. Scroll through our Pyrex Pattern Timeline to find your favorite. Do you have any photos of vintage Pyrex to add to the timeline?
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