Set off the fireworks and call your friends! I’ve finally reached 100 posts! I’m pretty happy with myself over that. And I couldn’t be happier to share with you all today what I have on such a momentous achievement. My other idea for the title of this post is I get by with a little help from my friends…or rather, my husbands customers.
My husband has a customer who cleans out homes of, well, the dead and owns an antique shop. He knows that we collect Pyrex and Moxie things so is always keeping an eye out for something we might like. Ladies and gentlemen, just in time for our tax return, he delivers.
Pristine condition does not even being to describe these new pieces. Not a crack, scratch, scrap, or burn mark on the bottom. I can honestly say, I don’t believe these dishes were ever used. It is as if they walked out of a box from 1943!
Originally, we thought that the lids didn’t match the two sauce pots..but upon flipping through Barbara Mauzy’s book about Pyrex collecting, the lids do appear to be proper! I’m very pleased.
And of course, the crowning jewel in this Pyrex crown is this teapot. Teapots also were introduced in 1943 and sold for just $1.75 but now they got for about 25 dollars on Ebay- more if you pick them up at a flea market or antique store. Where as it may not have huge resale value I will still hold it as one of my crown jewels.
We bought all of these pieces for 60 dollars. Sounds steep to those who are use to reading about us finding a double boiler for 5 but when you consider that the sauce pans go for 30-40 each and another 25-30 for the teapot it is a good deal. And also, because he is a local dealer and a friend of my husbands we were more willing to spend a little extra.
With the recent finding of three new sauce pots, I believe now that I can stop mourning the loss of my little one that died less than a week ago.
A few weeks ago my family attempted to go apple picking. But it was pouring rain so we chose to enjoy the country store at the Orchard instead. They’ve got their apples in bags, local made jams and syrups, penny candy and kitchen tools…but on another side they have a little “antique” area. Most of it is just junk, really. But sometimes you find a little treasure like we did.
This blue 4 cup Pyrex measuring cup! Our first and probably only blue cup to be found. After not having much luck looking around the internet for clues as to its age I asked Linda-the Queen-if she knew anything. And of course, she did. She told me that when people would visit the Pyrex factory they would be given these cups as a gift for going on the tour. As far as she told me, they were never meant to be sold at all! A sweet little find to be sure. We only paid about three dollars for it as well. I’ve still been unsuccessful in finding other information on it so if someone reads this and has anymore I would love some feed back!
We are currently on a spending lock down here in Wonderland…so except most posts to be about recipes.
I hope everyone is ready for a history lesson! Not a long one, but a fun one…and I promise-no quiz at the end. It took me a few days longer than I had expected to write this but with the weather as beautiful as it has been we have been doing some spring cleaning as well as having friends over.
Ready to begin?
All right, lets head back to England then!
Sunderland, England to be exact and the year is 1922. A struggling glass company owned by the Jobling family is beginning to slip into bankruptcy. But then comes Ernest Jobling Purser who tells the family about the Pyrex being made in America. James A Joblings (for whom the company is named JAJ) acquired the license to make Pyrex in England from the Corning company. To say that it saved the Sunderland company would be an understatement and with the inpending wars in England they would come to find a new market.
After the first World War, England’s middle class families lost their domestic servants and women were “forced” into the kitchen for the first time. This gave Pyrex a leg up on an emerging market-the rise of the British housewife and JaJ’s Pyrex was the first product direcetly marketed to the housewife. During the second World War came another marketing move for the rapidly rising company “Pyrex is economical!” Because England was rationing during WWII Pyrex wanted to show the women of the country that Pyrex would save them money by going from oven to table to wash. No extra dishes were needed and simple recipes could be turned into a casserole.
A notable difference between American Pyrex and Pyrex from Sunderland is the logo. The JaJ Crown logo is the most recognized and linked with British Pyrex but another way to denote what country your dish is from is if the word Pyrex appears like this: ‘Pyrex’. An interesting little tidbit, eh? Sometimes JaJ Pyrex is refereed to Crown Pyrex so if you see that anywhere online you’ll know it is from England.
The Crown Logo on the end of a rolling pin
JaJ produced patterns of their own though some do look like American Pyrex-they each have a version of Goosberry. But in 1954 when white dishes were introduced the Sunderland plant began to put out what they considered patterns more in tune with what the people of England would like. Some of those include patterns with the names: Matchmaker, Chelsea, Fiesta, Harvest and Autumn Glory.
In 1973, after peeking in popularity in the 60s, the Corning Company took over control of the factory in Sunderland and Jobling was named a subsidiary of Corning. Sadly, due to what some have called poor foreign management and a lack of demand the factory was shut down on September 28th, 2007 and all productions moved to France.
Recently though there has been an increased interest in collecting Pyrex now that it is not being made in country-funny how that works, huh? So collectors the world over are now on the hunt for these beautiful pieces of dishware history!
Not too painful a history lesson I hope! And now you can say you learned something today!