Item Type: Oblong Space Saver Casserole w/ Cover Series 548
Years Manufactured: Holiday 1961
Values: Check below on Ebay for approximate prices
Sizes and ID#s: #575 (2 quart) #550C (glass cover)
Original Box#s: 54
This lovely promotional casserole features a goldleaf pine branch design along its side, with a cluster of three pinecones. The pine tree needles are also clustered, leading them to almost look like starbursts. Thank you to Jackie for providing all of these pictures of the casserole along with box.
This casserole is of the oblong shaped “space saver” variety that held 2 quarts and originally came with a clear glass lid that was unusual in that it also had the goldleaf pattern on it. The pattern is a similar motif to the golden pine one on the side of the casserole, but instead of being in a straight line, it stretches around in corners in two opposing areas of the lid. As always - be careful when washing clear lids with goldleaf or other patterns - it isn’t as durable as those patterns printed on fired-on colors.
This also came with a cradle with the usual brassy finish and with flattened handles made of wood. Interestingly, I think this casserole is similar to the Golden Honeysuckle pieces in that it is goldleaf printed on top of fired-on WHITE color. That is, the base of the casserole is fired-on white on top of the standard opal white glass. It has been speculated that they did this because it was either difficult to print goldleaf directly onto the glass without having a fired-on color underneath, or because it was more durable that way.