Identifiers / Alternate Names: Solid Color with a band of white at the top of the rim. Possible color sets include dark blue / light blue / turquoise and gold-yellow / olive brown / orange rust-brown / dark brown. Also known as: Solid Color, White-Rimmed, Single Banded
Item Type: 400 Series Blue Americana Bowls Set
Years Manufactured: 1966 - ?
Values: Check below on Ebay for approximate prices
Sizes and ID#s: #401 light blue (1.5 pint) #402 turquoise (1.5 quart) #403 dark blue (2.5 quart) #404 dark blue (4 quart)
This bowl set seems a bit more difficult to find than the other vintage pyrex mixing bowls. I have a feeling some of the reason has to do with it’s original name - Americana. That’s because the “Early American” pattern (the one with farm life scenes) is often mistakenly labeled as “Americana”. The “Federal Eagle” pattern is also sometimes called “Americana”.
We used to think that to reduce confusion that there should be a change in the name to “White Rim Solid Color”, because that is exactly what the bowls looks like. However, it seems that sellers are coming around to the idea that there is a difference between “Americana” and “Early American” - so we’ll keep calling it that. All of the bowls have a solid color without any pattern at all, with the exception of a band of white around the top of the bowl.
This blue Americana mixing bowl set consists of 3 bowls, I believe with the usual 400 numbers: The 401 1 1/2 pint is a light blue-gray in color, the 402 1 1/2 quart is a turquoise blue and the 403 2 1/2 quart is a deeper blue (almost a royal blue) in color. There is also another Americana set that features “Fall colors”.
UPDATE (8/2008): Since the time we wrote this page in 2006, several sellers and collectors have noted that there’s actually a #404 four quart Americana Blue bowl in existence. Note the above photo, contributed by pyrexboy78, which shows a 4th bowl which has a darker blue color similar to the #403.
The explanation why the 4th bowl is harder to find may be that the original Americana Blue was released as a three bowl set, but you could buy the #404 separately. Corning was known to do this frequently - the most prominent example is the New Dots bowl set where the green dots #404 was sometimes sold separately from the rest. Sometimes, they released BOTH a 4 bowl set and a 3 bowl set, and then also made the #404 separately. Please note, all of this is still just speculation.
In addition, it has come to our attention that there are various bowls sold overseas which look exactly like the Americana set, but have different colors - including orange, yellow and teal. The same white rim occurs on these bowls. If we ever get the English JAJ pyrex section up and running, we’ll be sure to include those there.
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