Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Pyrex

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Pyrex is becoming more popular each day as we charge into a world with the need for convenience. Whether you’re using Pyrex dishes or Pyrex bowls, no need to dirty several different dishes; everything can go from microwave or oven to tabletop to refrigerator.

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Newer models of the brand are now offered in beautiful colors and prints. Everything is now available in Pyrex from Pyrex glass measuring cups to Pyrex bowls for mixing to beautiful Pyrex dishes for a convenient and lovely table set.

The History of Pyrex

Pyrex is a brand introduced by Corning, Inc. (makers of Corningware) in 1908. The idea of the Pyrex glass was to offer a product similar to Corning but clear. The borosilicate glass was offered in kitchenware as well as laboratory glassware. Corning also introduced other products under the Pyrex brand in the late 1930’s and 1940’s. The opaque tempered soda-lime glass was used for bowls and bakeware.

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What is borosilicate glass? It’s actually been around for while. This low-expansion glass was introduced in Germany 22 years prior to Corning, and marketed under the name Duran. The cooking potential of borosilicate glass was cutting edge in the day. This amazing product was known to be shock-resistant to reduce breakage with qualities of low-expansion for oven and stovetop use as well.

In 1998, Corning formed a company called World Kitchen, LLC licensed to manufacture and market the pyrex brand for their own line. While Corning was no longer affiliated at this point, they licensed the brand to other companies: World Kitchen and Newell Cookware.

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Because of the versatility of this worldwide loved product, Pyrex also has branched to uses in telescopes and other astronomy applications.

If you want to see for yourself some of the Pyrex glass, dishes and bowls available today, visit and take your pick from the wide variety of Pyrex cookware.

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Vintage Patterns for Pyrex

The practical cooking properties of Pyrex are only a fraction of why it’s so popular in today’s kitchens. There are a number of beautiful vintage pattern for Pyrex available in matching sets that make it irresistible. For example, check out the following:

Black Tulip Decorator Casserole with Cradle

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The 1.5-quart “Cinderella Oval” casserole style was actually produced for the holidays, but the sharp contrasted black and white tulip decorations on all sides make it a joy for all seasons. It fits neatly into an attractive brass wire caddy with white handles.

Butterfly Gold

An equally sharp vintage print is the butterfly gold pattern available on a variety of Pyrex dishes. Choose a pattern of golden brown on white, or reversed white on gold. The patterns vary slightly – one with butterflies and flowers for spring; the other with butterflies and wheat stalks, the autumn version. This Pyrex pattern is available on various size casserole dishes as well as cups, baking dishes, mixing bowls, loaf dishes, and oven refrigerator dishes – just to name view of the Pyrex dishes available here. Check out our site for the complete list:

Vintage Pyrex Flamingo Pink Casserole Dish

If you love pink, the flamingo pink Pyrex glass dish is a must-have. Measuring 8.25” in diameter, this little gem shows off true vintage from the era, still in great shape designed to give that magical touch to your kitchen.

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Balloon Cinderella Bowl Chip-Dip Set from 1958

This is really cool for the summertime. With beautiful sky blue color and antique hot air balloon fun design pattern, this set is a real showoff piece for your company. The larger bowel holds 4 quarts, and the smaller matching dip bowl holds 1.5 pints. A darker blue is available as well including icons of the sun and moon with hot air balloons. Both sets come with gold/brass colored cradle holder, which attaches the two bowls together.

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Vintage Pyrex Homestead Nesting Mixing Bowls, 401, 402, 403

This beautiful set of Pyrex mixing bowls fit in any kitchen with a modest blue print on a beige background. Still kept in extraordinary condition from the original era:

Bluebird Promotional Covered Casserole from 1959-1961

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This is a must-have for bird lovers everywhere! Delicate bluebird, flowers and wheat print on a white background is as practical as it is beautiful. The 1.5-quart casserole comes with a clear lid for practical baking, and the Pennsylvania Dutch look pattern makes a great addition to your kitchen – sure to bring compliments from your guests!

Vintage Pyrex Red Scroll Celtic Floral Promo Casserole

  1. This 1-quart casserole dish is a festive red-orange opaque baking dish. The lid is quite unique, with a delicate floral pattern on clear Pyrex glass to add the bright touch to your kitchen that you’re looking for.
  2. Autumn HarvestAutumn Harvest Pyrex is a favorite, with horizontal wheat stalk patterns on red-orange or brown solid background color. This popular pattern is available in casserole dishes, Cinderella bake serve-store casseroles, bowls, and mugs, mixing bowls, refrigerator dishes and round casseroles. The popular print can also be referred to as “Wheat Stalks”, “Autumn”, “Harvest”, or “Summer Grain” – popular all year long.
  3. AmericanaThis simple style, a solid color with a band of white on the top rim, makes it an easy addition to any kitchen. There are several colors available on this one – ark blue / light blue / turquoise and gold-yellow / olive brown / orange rust-brown / dark brown.As you get acquainted with each of the above vintage patterns, you’re now becoming more aware than ever that Pyrex dishes are so much more than a pretty and practical way to cook – they are the unique addition to your kitchen that can turn your house into a home.
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How to tell Pyrex from Really Old Pyrex

Original Pyrex dishes from the vintage era can be very valuable, but how can you tell it’s real? When you’re shopping for Pyrex, you want to be sure you know how old the pieces are to determine proper value.

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Pyrex dishes from the 1940’s can be detected in a couple of different ways. First, there is a stamp on the bottom that is simple with no numbers, just “PYREX”. The stamp in later Pyrex glass (after 1970) is much more complicated, including several numbers top and bottom around the “PYREX” original stamp design. Additionally, older model Pyrex dishes are a little thicker

As a rule, older Vintage Pyrex can be found mostly in antique shops, EBay, Etsy, yard sales, flea markets and trade groups. Conversely, newer Pyrex dishes are usually purchased from department stores such as Target or Sears – and websites like pyrex.com or Wayfair.com.

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For newer style Vintage Pyrex, check out the following sites:

  1. (Check out the 1960 wedding cake picture!)
  2. (Great blue Vintage patterns)
  3. (Really cool spring patterns on this site)
  4. (If you’re thinking of collecting, this recent blog is a interesting read.)
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If you’re looking for truly unique and beautiful original Vintage pieces, Beckalar.com is your place to shop. There are countless Pyrex dishes on this site – a wide variety including even tea- kettles and Dutch oven casseroles! Check out the video presentation demonstration and get some ideas –

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Pyrex Products at the Beckalar Store

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