What kind of emotion does the word Pyrex conjure up in your vintage heart? For me, it takes me back to a time when my grandmother used various Pyrex pieces as a vessel for serving or storing her amazing meals. Long ago, this special glass was called borosilicate and was used in science labs because it stood up nicely when intense heat was applied. In 1915 this unique glass was acquired by Corning Glassware and the name Pyrex was born. The use of borosilicate glass was used until 1998 until it was replaced with a less costly glass that was even better at performing under heat. Prior to 1947, Pyrex was basically clear. But, in 1947 colored Pyrex pieces were introduced and their popularity is still strong today!
Eventually, the Pyrex market expanded to include various shapes, sizes, and patterns. Many pieces are considered standard and are still very popular today, but the most sought- after pieces are the ones that are considered “promotional” ones that were in production for a short time. These promotional pieces are generally more costly to acquire. According to an article at www.shared.com/pyrex-patterns-worth-money/ the following is a list of the top 8 collectible patterns that can be valuable to collectors:
- “Lucky in Love” – (1959) A pink heart and shamrock pattern
- “Butterprint” (1957) also known as “Amish Buttercup”, “Farmer’s Wife” and “Rooster & Corn” –
an aqua farm pattern
- “Atomic Eyes” (1950) – Mid-century vertical eyes pattern
- “Gooseberry” (1957) – A botanical pattern in pink/white, black/white, black/yellow
- “New Dots” (1968) – orange, blue, yellow or green dotted pattern
- “Rainbow Stripe (1965) – Striped set in pink, sandalwood and blue
- “Snowflake” or “Garland” (1972) – Blue and white snowflake with pouring spouts
- “Pink Daisy” (1956) – Pink floral pattern
Look for Pyrex at many of the Wonderful Texas Antique Shops
Luckily for collectors or for those that just enjoy adding some of these lovely Pyrex pieces to their own kitchens, they can be easily found. Look for Pyrex at many of the wonderful vintage shops found within TexasVintageShopper.com!
Brandon Shinholser, 2009. Vintage Pyrex 101: A Guide to Pyrex, Estatesales.org
Blair, October 5, 2018. 8 Vintage Pyrex Patterns That Are Worth A Lot Of Money Hidden Gems/Vintage
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