Many people collect various kinds of kitchenware. One kitchenware we all grew up with is Pyrex. There’s a tremendous amount of Pyrex to choose from but the pieces collectors are really interested in date from the thirties, forties and fifties.
The Pyrex story began in 1912 when borosilicate glass was first developed to withstand extremely high or low temperatures for use in railroad signal lanterns for the American Railway Company. Purely as an experiment, a research physician asked his wife to bake a cake in an adapted base of a glass lamp. She did, it withstood the heat and the rest is history. Pyrex launched its first product in 1915, a flan dish.
Over the decades, Pyrex diversified its glassware to incorporate everything from skillets and casseroles to bread pans and refrigerator dishes, literally helping to shape the way people cooked and stored food at home.
And now, all these years later, certain pieces of Pyrex are most definitely collectors’ items. Watch out for those early items – it’s not that difficult to pick up some vintage Pyrex in good condition because it has always been so durable, even with continued use.
The newer patterns though that were produced from the fifties on are catching the eye of many a collector. Patterns such as Butterprint from the 1950’s has a distinctive Amish look. Snowflake Garland is perfect for the person who decorates their kitchen in blue and white and Daisy from 1964 will brighten your day with its’ eye-catching large yellow daisies. For the purest try Pyrex’s primary colors line and mix and match solid colors such as red, yellow, green and more.
Once you have a pattern you like and your collection is starting to grow remember putting your Pyrex in the dishwasher may cause those beautiful bright colors to fade. Instead soak baked on pieces in warm soapy water and use a nylon spatula to loosen. Do not use abrasive cleaners!
You can find vintage Pyrex at your local flea markets, thrift shops, antique malls and of course the internet.