Pyrex has been part of family mealtimes for decades. My Mum still has her white dinner service scattered with black snowflakes that she and Dad brought soon after they were married in the early 1960s; in fact its still used for Christmas dinner and special occasions. Also, one of my earliest memories is of my Gran serving up pasta sauce from a Pyrex casserole dish with flying mallard ducks on it.
I've got a few bits and pieces that I use, but yesterday had the chance to substantially increase the stash after I brought the above in a house clearance shop. I was really lucky as the guy in the shop actually gave me the blue dish and let me have the rest for £20 - I think he was pleased to move them on! Even though the glass covers are missing, I'm still very happy with my buys especially as some pieces of Pyrex go for crazy money.
The oval vegetable server has the familiar snowflake or 'Gaiety' pattern introduced in 1958 and the blue 'Space Saver' casserole has the 'White Hawthorn' design - all produced in the UK by J.A. Jobling. Jobling started making Pyrex in the 1920s under licence from the American-based Corning Glass Works who held the patent after developing the strengthened glass in the early twentieth century.
The wheatsheaf design on the 'Cinderella' mixing bowl had me flummoxed for a bit as it was a design that I wasn't familiar with. I turned it over and found my answer: it was made by Corning Glass Works instead of Jobling, so must have been an American import.
|Left and centre are two J.A. Jobling 'crown' stamps with the American Corning stamp on the right|
Being the spod that I am, I love to read about collecting stuff, so if you're into Pyrex - big style! - I can recommend these two books:
The one on the left by Barbara E. Mauzy concentrates on Pyrex made for the American market, whilst British collectable Pyrex is covered in Susan Hibberd's book. After flicking through the Mauzy book, I decided that the Americans had far better designs that us Brits! If you want proof then pay a visit to the latest Pyrex Collective III site and prepare to drool...