New Year, New Mugs

Wednesday January 7, 2009

Watch Mugs - Pyrex Love

Happy New Year! Hope your holidays were filled with Pyrex, food, family, friends and love.

In the coming year, we hope to post more frequently. However, we are going to try to get away from the “longer” posts since time is so limited nowadays. Where possible, we’ll try to let pictures speak for themselves instead of trying to write an essay every time we find a 441 Spring Blossom bowl.

A quick round up - over the past couple of years we have noticed the gradual disappearance of many of even the common Pyrex pieces in the thrift stores and estate sales as they are snatched up quickly by new fans (and sellers, of course). We’ve also seen the thrifts increase the prices, sometimes to grotesque levels. Vintage pyrex has gained a huge amount of new fans. Sure, it’s great for collectors who already have a lot of pieces. But keep in mind that most of the common Pyrex patterns were mass produced. There’s no need to overpay for them. At least not yet.

One of the things we still find once in awhile are Pyrex mugs. The Corning “Watch Mugs” above are still often mistaken for shaving cups (not to say they weren’t used at one time for that purpose). There is also an insistence by Ebay sellers to call these handleless mugs “WWII” items. That may or may not be true for a particular mug - these were also made at least up till the Korean War. There are a few different marks you’ll find on the back - most include the Glassblower guy (also known as the “horn-blower”) in the stamp. The quality and composition of the glass also varies.

Restaurant Ware Can Cups 718 - Pyrex Love

We also came across these less common Pyrex Tableware Tea “Can Cups” in the Copper Filigree pattern. They are shorter in height than the more common #709 style mugs.

4 Responses to “New Year, New Mugs”

  1. adam Says:

    Hello from the solomon islands
    I am resident on Guadalcanal, a large battle field and then major transit centre for the 1943 - 1945 island hopping campaign fought out in the pacific. Just before christmas I got one of these Corning “watch mugs” from a local village. There are still a few around here.
    Then I visited the Brisbane Maritime Museum during our recent holidays and was surprised to see one of these mugs on display with a bit of info - hence a google search turned up your site.
    nice one and thanks for the info

  2. Annie Says:

    I believe I saw the blue bowl in this photo in the film Revolutionary Road recently. Is this a Pyrex bowl? I’ve been trying to figure out the name of it ever since I saw the movie!

  3. pyrex love Says:

    @adam - very cool, we’ve had several people tell us they found some of the older Corning military ware while stationed in places all around the world.

    @annie - oh, that bowl is not Pyrex but actually a Bauer pottery bowl. You may be interested in a companion site we run: Potteries of California.

  4. sarah Says:

    I completely agree w/the overpricing of Pyrex in thrift stores. I’m having to pay at least $6 or more for dishes, even without lids on them. And the Sal Army in my hometown (Illnois) is no longer haggling anything, so I’m being more picky now. Its like they know they can overprice them now. Silly thing is, anytime I see mugs or smaller dishes, they will price them less than a dollar.