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: Mixing Bowls Series 300 / 400
Years Manufactured: 1960s - 1970s
Values: Check below on Ebay for approximate prices
Sizes and ID#s: #401 white on orange-brown (750ml / 1.5 pint) #402 orange-brown on white or lighter orange (1.5 litres / 1.5 quart) #403 white on orange-brown (2.5 litres / 2.5 quart) #404 orange-brown on white or lighter orange (4 litres / 4 quart)
Original Box#s: 300-4, ?
These Butterfly Gold Mixing bowls are extremely common but nevertheless very popular with many collectors. The sizes are the usual as for the 400 series bowls. In addition, the usual 3/4 sets with the largest bowls missing were sold as the 300 series.
There are (at least) two pattern varieties. In the first, the normal butterfly gold pattern is printed on the bowl with an white on orange-brown scheme for the 401 1 1/2 pint and 403 2 1/2 quart bowls, and orange-brown on white for the 402 1 quart and 404 4 quart bowls. In the second, the orange on white scheme is replaced for the #402 and #404 bowls with a lighter butterscotch orange colored bowl and the overall pattern for all the bowls has those longer wheat sheafs along the side plus the familiar butterfly gold pattern as flowers on the sheafs.
There are also some reports of the 1st pattern variety sets having #402 bowls (or others) that do not have ANY pattern on them at all - that is they are completely plain solid colored bowls. But we are unsure about whether this was another set variety or not.
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