Pattern: Solid Colors
Identifiers / Alternate Names: Various color shades, but all completely solid colored on the Pyrex item. Also known as: Primary Colors, Multi-Colored, Yellow Red Green Blue
Item Type: 400 Series Delphite Bluebelle Bowls Set
Years Manufactured: 1960-1962
Values: Check below on Ebay for approximate prices
Sizes and ID#s: #401 (1.5 pint) #402 (1.5 quart) #403 (2.5 quart)
Delphite Pyrex, which is also nicknamed “Bluebelle” is a very popular color among collectors and is fairly scarce. Supposedly, the bowls were produced in Canada as promotional items, though I haven’t seen documentation to back both those statements up. Added 2/07: We now believe that the standard set of older delphite bluebelle bowls was NOT exclusive to Canada and in fact are usually marked Made in U.S.A. We’ve also seen original boxes that have the “Bluebelle” name on them.
Here are some pictures of a #401 1.5 pint Bluebelle Pyrex Bowl that we found at a local swap meet. One of the interesting things about these Pyrex bowls is that because they are not fired on and the actual glass is colored blue, it can often be mistaken for plain old pottery or cheap newer glass. As such, a saavy swap meeter can often pick up gems like these for reasonable prices because the sellers often don’t know what it is. The one we found was marked as Made In U.S.A.
The bowls themselves are a lovely light steel gray blue solid color, with no designs or patterns. They came in the usual sizes for the Series 300 3 bowl sets, 401 (1.5 pint) 402 (1.5 quart) and 403 (2.5 quart). The bowls are all slightly different blue in color. These are very pretty and a bit harder to find so if you can get your hands on them, hold on to them. Remember that there is also a set of new bowls that have similar delph blue colors, but are easily identified as new by the flatter rims and bottoms that are completely see through clear. There is also an extremely rare set of older delphite blue mixing bowls that have a “rolled lip”… we have rarely seen these being sold and they command some really high prices.
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