People are drawn to Pyrex because of its collectability. There are endless possibilities (I guess you could see an end if you have endless time, space, and money). When I first began collecting it took a while to get started because the information is out there, but scattered and not completely congruent. So I wanted to make a helpful series of posts for young collectors to reference while they begin searching to add to their collection. This is not comprehensive because that would take a major dedication. Luckily, there are many majorly dedicated people out there. Most of my knowledge has been gleaned from them.
Corellecorner.com: an amazing resource and all the following pictures are from them.
Pyrexlove.com: a great (GREAT) pattern reference site.
The following info has been learned from books, primarily: Pyrex The Unauthorized Collector’s Guide by Barbara E. Mauzy.
If you are on Facebook there is a fun group called Pyrex Passion, which if they accept you into their fold, will give you resources around the continent. Pyrex Love also has a Facebook page that is open for you to post pictures and look at other people’s collections.
This, as I said before, is the first of many posts to come; please comment below if you have any ideas or suggestions (or if you have input at all).
The series which will include:
Pyrex Patterns and Colors
Vintage Pyrex Clear Glass
Pyrex Flame Ware
Corelle, Corning, and Pyrex Oh My! Coordinating and Collectors Pieces
Pyrex Shapes and Functions
Bowl Set: The first colored bowls made in 1940 were the “Primary Mixing Bowls” (also known as 400 Multicolored, or Color Bowl Set) and are some of the most popular to collectors. The largest bowl is 404 yellow 4 quart, followed by 403 green 2.5 qt, 402 red 1.25 qt., and the smallest is blue 401 0.5 qt.. All Pyrex 400 series nesting mixing bowls have the same measurements and come in some solid colors and with simple patterns (such as dots, stripes, or a graduated “ombre-like” color). Later Pyrex manufactured the 300 series set of 3 bowls in many different patterns which are the same sizes as the 400 series (excluding the largest size).
Cinderella Mixing Bowl Set: Cinderella bowls came on the scene in 1957. These bowls are characterised by the spouts of different sizes on either side (one for pouring and one for holding). These come in sets of 4 in many Pyrex patterns. They are numbered: 444, 443, 442, 441. Sets of 2 are promotional Chip and Dip Sets (pictured bottom right below) and come with a bracket that holds the smaller dish above the larger.
In the following picture, the top left is the Cinderella Mixing Bowls Set and next to it on the right is the Mixing Bowls Set.
Refrigerator and Freezer Set: Square design functions from freezer to oven to dinner table. The lid doubles as a trivet (and are easily chipped and broken so are harder to find). Many people use the small dish as a butterdish.
Space Saver: Rectangular, short casserole dish goes from freezer to oven to dinner table. Lid also doubles as a trivet. Some promotional pieces come with a cradle.
Hostess Set: “Oven and Table” set of solid colored bowls that were first produced in 1949; later the larger bowls were made with lids to create casserole dishes but the small ones never had lids and served as ramekins. These are different in their square-ish shape and never have a pattern and were only in primary colors.
Round Casserole: 2 quart with lid. Yellow, pink (Flamingo), and turquoise (and other promotional colors etc).
Cake Dish/Round Baking and Serving Dish: 1950s came in colors Flamingo and Lime. Coordinates with the Round Casserole (above) and could be sold as a set. One lid would come with it that could be used for either dish.
8oz Individual Round Covered Casserole: In Flamingo or Lime 1960
Bake, Serve and Store Casserole Set: Can also be refered to as Cinderella Nesting Casserole. Top is round, not oval, with the tab handles. Most standard patterns come with the clear glass stackable trivet lid. Sizes range from 2.5 quart, 1.5 quart, 1 quart, 1 pint. All are stackable within each other. There are promotional 1.5 pints out there too in the Snowflake/Garland and Blue Stripe and promotional patterns.
Oval Decorator Casserole: 1.5 quart or 2.5 quart comes with either the opal lid or clear glass lid that is stackable and works as a trivet. Comes in many of the standard Pyrex patterns.
Oval Divided Serving Dish: 1.5 quart comes with divided lid. Super handy! want to serve two dips at a party? Or one side veggies and one side dip? Or two types of stuffing? This dish isn’t popular to collectors and comes rather cheep. Keep an eye out for it cause It is pretty darn handy.
Oval Open Baker: 1.5 quart, basically the same as the divided dish, just not divided and with no lid.
Butterdish: Some of the standard Pyrex patterns have matching butterdishes dating from 1960.
Loaf Pan: With handles 1.5 quart
Pie Plate: Lime and Flamingo colors are the most common