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.
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.