Item Type: 426 Series Custard Cups Scalloped Edges
Years Manufactured: 1920s - ?
Values: Check below on Ebay for approximate prices
Sizes and ID#s: #426 (6 oz)
These custard cups are definitely older and I can tell that from a few things. First off, these cups have a heavy edge or rim (not really “rolled” but still quite wide) that you don’t see on the more modern cups. Second, the glass is much, much thicker and the Pyrex logo on the bottom includes the “$” marks. (Side Note: did you know that these aren’t dollar signs but are actually composed of what seems to be two “cent” signs?)
Third, the cup is very roughly produced - you can see drip marks, inclusions like paper(!) in the glass, and bubbles. Fourth, there is no measurement size on the bottom at all (but it holds approximately 6 ounces so it’s the smaller size).
Fifth, there is no number on the bottom at all. In fact, when I first picked them up at an estate sale I thought they had no number at all. However, some close examination showed that the number is actually on the RIM of the cup, as seen in the picture at right. On the opposite side of the cup is the letter “H-B”… not sure what that could represent but perhaps it’s a size indication? Also interesting, the number has a little “square” stamp right after it.
Last of all, I’ve seen this custard cup listed in a 1925 advertisement for “Custard Cups, Ramekins and Small Bakers”. It’s listed as a Custard Cup (Tall) No. 426. I don’t know if these were sold in sets of 6 as is usual with many of the custard cups. The most unusual thing for me with these is the height. They do indeed live up to their designation of “Tall” custard cups.
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