Pattern: Butterfly Gold
Identifiers / Alternate Names: Various butterflies and five petaled flowers. Most commonly a yellow-brown pattern on white, though the reverse of white on yellow-brown also exists. Two distinct pattern variations exist for various items - one has just the butterflies and flowers while the other has those items embedded on "wheat stalks", much like the Autumn Harvest pattern. Some lids feature a ring of butterfly gold with a single flower in the center, and the smallest size refrigerator box contains a single flower. Some other items (mugs and some casseroles) may not have butterflies in the pattern and only flowers. Also known as: Golden Butterflies, Five Petal Flowers
Item Type: 72 Series Butter Dish
Years Manufactured: 1960s - 1970s
Values: Check below on Ebay for approximate prices
Sizes and ID#s: #72 (6 3/4 inches x 3 inches x 2 inches)
Original Box#s: 72-4
This is a standard opal white colored butter dish in the Butterfly Gold pattern. It is fairly common to find this one in the thrifts, we actually found several and even one in its original box. As we’ve noted, they were called “Compatibles” because they were meant to be companion pieces to Corelle Livingware. The one we have is box number 72-4. The box is a simple cardboard one with a small section inside which holds the cover lid away from the base.
The dish is about 6.75 inches long, 3.25 inches wide and 2 inches high. The base of many of these are marked, but sometimes you will come across some that aren’t. This particular one we had was marked as 72-B. The cover usually isn’t marked as far as I know. The bases are interchangeable, which is nice in case you find a lid with a different pattern and you just happen to have an extra base!
Interesting how the box states that they’ll replace it for up to a year after purchase.
Our box actually had a store price tag from JCPenney on it. Check out that nice markdown price to $1.88!
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