Corelle Profile:
Nutmeg (1987); Colonial Blue, First of Spring (1988)
 

Nutmeg is a simple design of two coloured bands in taupe and red, dating to 1987.  Colonial Blue, with blue & pink bands, and First of Spring, a white & blue floral, were introduced early 1988.  These three beige-bodied patterns were grouped together to form the Livingware Casuals product line.

 

Colonial Blue stoneware mug and side plate.
Colonial Blue stoneware mug and side plate.

Bowls matching First of Spring are decorated on the rim with a single blue band.  Colonial Blue and Nutmeg bowls are fully decorated, but the outer band on Colonial Blue is more narrow than usual.  It is unclear whether platters, serving bowls, dessert bowls or luncheon plates exist in Nutmeg or Colonial Blue.

When these patterns debuted, they came with patterned stoneware mugs in a straight-sided shape.  About 1991 beige Suprema became available, and First of Spring progressed to straight-sided mugs made of this glass-ceramic.  That mug style was dropped during the mid 1990s, and First of Spring moved to flared mugs, also made of Suprema.

 

First of Spring side plate and flared Suprema mug
First of Spring flared Suprema mug and side plate.

Colonial Blue & Nutmeg were discontinued sometime before 1992.  First of Spring had much greater longevity, and it was still available in factory outlet stores in the mid 2000s, but an exact ending date is not known.

 

Shapes & Sizes:

Vitrelle:
Dinner Plate (10¼")
Luncheon Plate (8½") ‡
Side Plate (6¾")
Dessert Bowl (10 oz, 5-3/8") * ‡
Soup/Cereal Bowl (18 oz, 6¼") *
Flat Rim Soup Plate (8½") **
1 Qt Serving Bowl (8½") ‡
Oval Platter (12½") ‡

Stoneware:
Stoneware Mug (straight-sided, 9 oz)

Suprema:
Suprema Mug (straight-sided, 10 oz) **
Suprema Mug (flared, 9 oz) **

* - single blue band in First of Spring.

** - in First of Spring only.

‡ - possibly not in Nutmeg & Colonial Blue.

 

Nutmeg side plate
Nutmeg side plate.

 

Others:
Licensed glassware and a variety of other products were made to match First of Spring.

Indiana Glass produced a line of "Drinkware For Corelle", and their glasses can be recognized by the "double bulge" near the bottom.  There is a second version of First of Spring made by this company, but it is a look-alike.  It can be identified by the additional motif of three blossoms near the bottom of the glass.

Libbey, or its subsidiary Crisa, produced glassware with a "single bulge" at the base and a narrow top.

Gemco produced tabletop accessories with an official version of First of Spring under the brand name "Corning Coordinates for Corelle".  These products are clear glass and the pattern is printed on the beige plastic lid.

Other licensed Coordinates include placemats from Conimar Corporation, and cutlery with decorated plastic handles.

Thermal carafes in a one quart size were made overseas and sold under the Corning/Corelle brand.


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