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Pyrex "Early American" Pattern
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Post# 953154   8/16/2017 at 21:20 by friscosudz (Kirkland, WA)        

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Stopped off at the local Goodwill store on my way home this afternoon, and was lucky enough to find a mint condition set of "Early American" pattern Pyrex mixing bowls. They were still in the original box, with all of the original packing materials. The box had been opened at some point, but the bowls have never been used. I was not familiar with the pattern, so I looked it up on line an found that it was manufactured from 1962-1971. Is there any way to tell the year that this particular set was made? I haven't been able to find a date on the box, or the bowls. No serial numbers that I can find either.

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Post# 953186 , Reply# 1   8/17/2017 at 07:55 by panthera (Rocky Mountains)        
There's likely to be a date somewhere in the literature

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and it may be vertical, not horizontal and quite small. While I never really much liked that particular pattern, we have a lot of Pyrex from that era which is our go-to bakeware/microwave-ware/tableware (I'm so not a designer-Queen)/ and general prep-ware in the kitchen.

Durable, inexpensive (back then!) and really well made. Often very pretty or at least well-designed, I think you've found a real keeper.


Maybe somebody here who really knows these things to a 'T' can better date it. That it escaped the '76 celebrations suggests it was already long in storage and forgotten?

Post# 953187 , Reply# 2   8/17/2017 at 07:57 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Congratulations on a great find! Don't recall seeing the Early American design, before. And I'll bet the graphics won't come off after a couple of trips through the dishwasher as happens with new Pyrex measuring cups.

Post# 953196 , Reply# 3   8/17/2017 at 08:34 by panthera (Rocky Mountains)        
While our late '60s

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Pyrex has no problem with automatic dishwashing, I'd be very cautious with this pattern. It's special and I'd hate to discover it was vulnerable. Maybe one piece several weeks long to experiment?

Post# 953207 , Reply# 4   8/17/2017 at 09:38 by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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It's always fun to find something like this that you appreciate, that's unused and presumably at a bargain price. I'm no aficionado on Pyrex anything but I like those bowls. They're practical and fun. Enjoy!

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Post# 953214 , Reply# 5   8/17/2017 at 10:12 by Iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        

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My mother had, in fact I still have a few pieces of this pyrex.  Panthera is correct it will fade with automatic dishwashing over time.

Post# 953275 , Reply# 6   8/17/2017 at 17:13 by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

I would NOT put it in the dishwasher if I wanted to keep it new looking. My mom's Pyrex with a colored finish got dull looking. My neighbor Thelma never had a dishwasher, and her pieces still looked new when she passed away. I bought several of them at the sale her family held.

Post# 953287 , Reply# 7   8/17/2017 at 18:38 by friscosudz (Kirkland, WA)        

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@Panthera - I would assume you're right about this being put away and forgotten. Someone opened it somewhere along the line. I agree, it's not the prettiest color scheme that Pyrex ever came out with, but still a cool find, IMO.

Thanks for all the comments about care. No plans on running this through the dishwasher. Not even sure if I will use it right away. Might just hold onto it as a collector item for now. We'll see. I was just proud of my find and wanted to share it with the group.

My mom has a ton of 60's - 70-s era Pyrex that she uses almost daily. Mostly mixing bowls and casserole dishes. She's had some of it as long as I can remember, and others were more recent additions. The stuff is almost indestructible. They've been dropped, run through the dishwasher, microwaved, and pretty much anything else you can think of. I even remember once she had a bowl on the stovetop and accidentally turned on the wrong burner and "cooked" the bowl. Didn't even phase it. We just turned the burner off and left it to cool down without touching it. Good as new.

Post# 953311 , Reply# 8   8/17/2017 at 21:25 by Xraytech (S.W. Pennsylvania, near Pittsb)        

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Very nice find there, I have this same set of mixing bowls as well as the matching refrigerator dishes.
I personally favor this pattern over any other Pyrex, but then again I LOVE the colonial style items of the era.

Post# 954409 , Reply# 9   8/24/2017 at 20:31 by MudDuck (USA)        

I love Pyrex's cinderella bowls. I have that pattern, it was the first cinderella set i found intact at the thrift. I also have my mother's horizon set, a pink gooseberry set, the smallest bowl from the black gooseberry set, a partial set the friendship set, and the largest bowl of the butterprint set.

The gold on the american set is more fragile than most of the pyrex finishes. None of the pyrex colored white glass bowls and casseroles should be dishwashered and the gold of the american set should not be microwaved.

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