Pattern: New Dots
Identifiers / Alternate Names: Three bands of connected dots running around opal white colored bowls. Dot colors can include Green, Orange, Blue, Yellow and Beige. Also known as: Polka Dots, Dots, 3 Rows of Dots, Blue Dot, Orange Dot, Green Dot, Yellow Dot
Item Type: 400 Series New Dots Mixing Bowls Set
Years Manufactured: 1967 - ?
Values: Check below on Ebay for approximate prices
Sizes and ID#s: #401 brown or orange (1.5 pint) #402 yellow (1.5 quart) #403 blue (2.5 quart) #404 green (4 quart)
It was sort of difficult to figure out all the different colors of bowls that this polka dotted bowl series has. These are called the “New Dot” Mixing Bowls and the colors you will most often see are Yellow, Orange, Blue, Green and Beige.
The pattern is very distinctive, featuring three rows of round dots in a ring around the center of the bowl. The row of dots nearest the bowl bottom are smaller than the rows toward the top. Interestingly, the band of dots on these bowls do not reach entirely around the bowl circumference.
From what we can tell, these bowls were initially released as a THREE bowl set with Yellow, Orange and Blue dots. These bowl sizes were the 401 1 1/2 pint in Orange, 402 1 1/2 quart in Yellow and 403 2 1/2 quart in Blue. A couple years later on they decided to also release the larger 404 4 quart bowl in Green. But to confuse matters I’ve seen this set in the Mauzy book with an additional bowl that I at first thought was a reddish color, but is actually a brown-beige color. Looking on Ebay, it turns out this beige bowl is a 401 size bowl, but I’m not sure if it was released as a part of the set, or as a bonus bowl sometime later. We have also seen a small 401 bowl that has “pumpkin” colored dots - a sort of orange-pink… we had originally thought that was the orange dots that had been through the dishwasher.
Here’s an example of a 401 Orange New Dots bowl:
These seem to be one of the most sought after patterns for colored Pyrex patterns, with full sets nearing 100 bucks (as of 08/06) The New Dot pattern was not used on any other item except for the mixing bowls. Interestingly, I’ve seen this Dotty bowl set being used on TV programs either as background props or actually BEING USED in actual cooking. Horrors!
The show that I saw it on was Rachel Ray’s 30 Minute Meals. I forget the names of the shows or what she was cooking. All that I remember is her mixing away in the orange dotty 401 bowl! In a different show I saw her use the Blue Dot 403 size bowl as well as the 404 largest Green Dotty bowl in the same shot. This time she used a wooden spoon so my heart rate decreased a bit. I wonder if the prop people know about the bowl… I’m assuming they do. Still, it’s amusing to see Rachel mix up a storm in these vintage Pyrex bowls…
Update 3/07: We’re slowly acquiring the rest of the bowls piece by piece. We’re up to 3 now, just the elusive green one to go! Here’s the latest pic.
Update 6/07: Ebay is evil - evidence is the 404 Green New Dots below that completes our set. It cost an arm and a leg…
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