Pattern: Brittany Blue
Identifiers / Alternate Names: Light purplish-blue flowering vines on top of an even lighter shade of blue. The tops of the bowls have 3 bands, the 2 outer of which are lines while the middle one looks like diagonal leaves. Some of the other items like casseroles have only these 3 bands with no flowers, or are a solid darker shade of blue with these 3 bands at the top. Also known as: French Blue, Hearth Pattern (along w/ Federal Eagle), Britain Blue
Item Type: 484-486 Round Tart Pans
Years Manufactured: 1967
Values: Check below on Ebay for approximate prices
Sizes and ID#s: #484 (7 3/4 inch) #486 (9 1/2 inch)
These are a pair of highly interesting pyrex items - they differ from the usual pie plates and casseroles in that they look like they’re meant to serve either quiche, custard or some sort of tart. The pattern is Brittany Blue although the bluish flowers that are on the bowls aren’t visible on the sides of these tart pans. Instead, they have the 3 bands from the tops of the bowls, 2 solid and 1 center with what looks like diagonal leaves. The printing on these is rather indistinct, and in fact almost looks hand-applied.
There are 2 possible tart pans in this set, one that is 7 3/4 inches in diameter and having #484, and the other that is 9 1/2 inches in diameter with a number 486. I’m not entirely sure whether the original set was sold all together or what, or how many of these tart pans came together. We do have the larger tart pan that was found at an estate sale, and it actually reads “486-B 9 1/2 inch” on the bottom of it. It is actually rather shallow at only an inch deep.
Here’s a closeup of the pattern on the side of the dish:
Update 9/2008: I’ve seen an original box where a 484 tart pan and a #483 blue casserole were actually sold together as a Bake ‘N Serve set. On the box, it actually said that the tart pan could also be used as a cover for the casserole if you were going to use it in the oven. Still not sure if the larger #485 casserole and #486 tart pan may also have been sold as a set, or whether tart pans (or casseroles) were sold together as well.