Pattern: Rainbow Stripes
Identifiers / Alternate Names: Lighter, nearly pastel spaced rings of color surrounding opal white bowls. Colors for the bands include Yellow, Brown Blue, Pink and cover the entire bowl. Also known as: Striped Lines, Alternating Lines
Item Type: 400 Series Rainbow Stripes Bowls Set
Years Manufactured: 1965 - ?
Values: Check below on Ebay for approximate prices
Sizes and ID#s: #401 (1.5 pint) #402 (1.5 quart) #403 (2.5 quart)
The Rainbow Stripes Mixing Bowls series are some really cute examples of older pyrex bowls. They are less common than some of the other series and are easily recognizable from their color band striped sides. The actual stripes consist of a solid band with two thinner lines on either side of the band. I think there are 5-6 stripes on each bowl, depending on the size.
Because they came in many different variations of mixed or same-color sets, it’s difficult to put a finger on exactly which ones exist. But the main colors are definitely Pink, Blue, Yellow and Tan-Beige, with pink definitely being the most prized and beige on the lower end. The sizes that they came in were also the three smallest bowls of the 400 series set (also known as 300 series). I believe all 3 sizes came in all 4 colors. As far as I know there weren’t any of the largest 404 bowl made in Rainbow Stripes.
The picture at right of a full set of Pink Stripes was contributed by Stephanie.
I think these colorful bowls are some of the best of the Pyrex Mixing bowls because of their pastel colors, playful lines and the fact that you can mix and match different sizes and colors. They are one of the most popular patterns and prices on them are generally on the higher end for older Pyrex bowls.
Lately, we have gotten lucky and found some of the bowls at more reasonable prices, but the pink ones still command a good amount.
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