Pyrex Pitchers & Beverage Jugs
All Pyrex juice pitchers and jugs are made of thin blown borosilicate, like laboratory ware. Although this glass formula is known for its heat resistance, in terms of mechanical strength it is more fragile than regular glass, and the thin-walled structure of these items increases that vulnerability. Older juice pitchers have no product warnings at all, but newer ones do, and in general the advice is relevant to all pitchers & jugs, regardless of age.
(Photo: Beverage jug. "For cold liquids only. Do not use metal stirrer. Not for freezer or rangetop use.")
The warning against hot beverages is not necessarily about the heat-resistant capabilities of the glass itself; in terms of glass composition, juice jugs are no different than Pyrex coffee carafes. Instead this is a personal injury concern applicable to styles without a handle. Because they are meant to be held around the neck for pouring, using them for hot beverages will result in burns.
(Photo: Pitcher with attached handle, recommended for both hot and cold beverages. This type was manufactured from 1969 to 1986. Image from 1976 catalogue.)
Similarly this type of glass is also resistant to cold, so the warning against freezer use relates to how liquid expands as it freezes. Most pitchers are narrower at the top than the bottom, and if they are filled with liquid that is allowed to freeze solidly, they will crack from the outward pressure of the ice, not from the temperature.
Juice servers with gold patterns. Images from 1960 catalogue and 1961 & 1968 leaflets. The design depicting kitchen implements (left) was the first to arrive, in 1958. Advertising from 1961 provides names for Gold Puff and Campaigners (centre). The floral design (right, also below) was advertised as early as 1963 and remained at least five years.
Pyrex juice servers were introduced in 1958. The first type to be offered was a flask-shaped juice bottle with a narrow neck and a level rim, in two sizes: 1 Qt (8¾" tall) & 1½ Qt (9½" tall). Although other unique shapes were also manufactured during the 1960s, the original shape was the most common throughout this period. It was offered with a variety of patterns, most printed in gold.
Gold patterns: floral design (1½ Qt), diamonds & starbursts (1 Qt). The floral design is vaguely similar to Golden Honeysuckle. The diamond design was also produced in turquoise with a 1½ Qt size and four matching 5 oz glasses in a "Juice Quintet" set that arrived during spring 1960.
Coloured patterns on this shape include turquoise diamonds & starbursts in the Juice Quintet, and citrus slices in two colour schemes: oranges & lemons, and lemons & limes. The latter two debuted in 1968 and were linked with Daisy & Verde initially, but from the 1970s to the 1990s, variations of this design also appeared on other types of Pyrex juice jugs & pitchers.
Juice server (1 Qt). The turquoise design depicts two apples and a leafy branch. It was advertised during 1959 & 1960, and it seems that just one size was available. Its flared rim is different from typical juice servers of the time.
Juice pitcher, Gold Key, lid not shown. It was available around 1961, and with a 60 oz capacity, it was the largest juice server at the time. It is also one of the few Pyrex pitchers with a fully-attached handle; open-handle pitchers and handle-free juice bottles or jugs are more typical. It was originally equipped with a metal "ice-retainer top" that clips onto the rim.
Open Handle Pitcher:
Sizes: 1 Qt (7¼" tall); 1½ Qt (8½" tall)
Patterns: Butterfly Gold, Snowflake Blue, Spring Blossom Green, citrus slices (oranges & lemons, lemons & limes), undecorated/white.
The open handle juice pitcher first appeared in 1965, when it was sold undecorated with a white printed backstamp and a white plastic lid. Decorated with citrus slices in two different colour combinations, and topped by a yellow lid, it was grouped with Verde & Daisy from 1968 to the early 1970s.
In 1972 this pitcher became a Pyrex Compatible, available for one or two years with Corelle patterns, each one paired with a white lid.
(Photo: Spring Blossom Green open-handle pitcher with matching Glas-Snap. Image from 1972 advertisement.)
Typically, pitchers were sold individually, but this type was also part of a Corelle-matching Sip 'N' Serve set that contained two pitchers and four Glas-Snaps with co-ordinating solid-coloured plastic bases.
The pitcher's handle is formed separately and attached with glue. A close examination can reveal excess dabs of adhesive, and in some cases, the handle might even be glued on top of the decoration.
Snowflake Blue open handle pitcher (1 Qt), lid not shown.
Juice Bottle, Slanted Rim:
Sizes: 1 Qt (8¼" tall); 1½ Qt (9¾" tall)
Patterns: Butterfly Gold, Snowflake Blue, Spring Blossom Green, Old Town Blue, citrus slices (oranges & lemons, all oranges, all lemons), Green Floral.
Flask-shaped juice bottles with a slanted rim date to at least 1970 when they were available in Green Floral and three colour combinations of citrus slices. All four choices were equipped with yellow plastic lids. Older lids have a gold-coloured metal disc on the top and newer ones do not.
A white plastic lid was provided with Corelle patterned juice bottles, which were offered sometime between 1973 & 1976.
(Photo: 1½ Qt & 1 Qt slanted rim juice bottles, all oranges.) Visit Replacements Ltd. for a photo of Old Town Blue.
The shape is similar to the juice bottles made during the late 1950s & 1960s, but its most distinguishing feature is the angle of the rim. In profile, the rim of the older type is level, and the rim of the newer type slants upwards. Older ones also have a very narrow neck, making them difficult to clean, so the wider neck from the 1970s is an improved design.
(Photo: Green Floral Juice Bottles, 1 Qt & 1½ Qt. Image from 1970 catalogue. Associated with Verde, this pattern pre-dates Corelle and despite the similarities, it isn't Spring Blossom Green. The original label reveals that its correct name is Green Floral.)
Beverage Jug, Smooth Neck:
Sizes: 56 oz "1½ Qt" (8¼" tall); 72 oz "2 Qt" (9½" tall)
Patterns: no spout - Butterfly Gold, Spring Blossom Green, Old Town Blue.
Patterns: with spout - citrus slices (oranges & lemons, all oranges).
This new larger shape without a spout first appeared with Corelle patterns and was available between 1976 & 1978. Each came with a white plastic lid. Following its stint as a Pyrex Compatible, a spout was added to the beverage jug and it was printed with citrus slice variations into the early 1980s. With this decoration, a yellow lid was provided.
72 oz beverage jugs with smooth neck and no spout: Old Town Blue, Butterfly Gold, Spring Blossom Green. Two are filled with 72 oz of juice. Image from 1978 brochure.
Initially, their capacities were stated as 56 oz (1¾ Qt) & 72 oz (2¼ Qt), and they hold that amount comfortably. They were re-labelled later as 1½ Qt & 2 Qt, without changing their size or shape. But in practice both sizes hold one cup more than that.
(Photo: Beverage jugs with spouts, oranges & lemons, 56 oz "1½ Qt" & 72 oz "2 Qt". Images from 1981 catalogue.)
Beverage Jug, Rippled Neck:
Sizes & Patterns:
56 oz "1½ Qt" (8¼" tall) - citrus slices (all lemons), undecorated/white.
72 oz "2 Qt" (9½" tall) - citrus slices (all lemons), Country Cornflower, citrus slices with measuring lines (all lemons).
1½ Qt (10½" tall) - Store 'N' Pour, Country Cornflower, citrus slices with measuring lines (all lemons).
During the early 1980s the neck of the beverage jug transitioned from smooth to rippled, and the only pattern choice remaining was lemon slices, with a yellow lid. The undecorated version with white markings and a white lid also seems to be from the early 1980s.
(Photo: 72 oz "2 Qt" lemon slices, tall 1½ Qt Store 'N' Pour. Image from 1985 catalogue.)
A third size with a rippled neck had also arrived by the mid 1980s, a very tall and narrow 1½ Qt jug. Initially named "Store 'N' Pour", it was printed with beige measuring lines and topped by a beige plastic lid.
Country Cornflower (tall 1½ Qt), lemons with measuring lines (72 oz "2 Qt").
All Pyrex pitchers & beverage jugs were discontinued in early 1986. But two of the three rippled-neck jugs, tall 1½ Qt and 72 oz "2 Qt", were later revived in two new patterns: Country Cornflower with a blue lid, and lemon slices with measuring lines using a yellow lid. The re-introduction date is not known, but the lemon slice design was still on the market as late as 1995. Country Cornflower Corelle debuted in 1988, so juice jugs in this pattern cannot be older than that.
Pyrex Profiles: Verde, Daisy
Corelle Profiles: Snowflake Blue, Spring Blossom Green, Butterfly Gold
Corelle Profiles: Winter Frost White, Old Town Blue, Country Cornflower
Pyrex Carafes & Beverage Servers, Store 'N' See Containers
Pyrex Tablesetters Accessories
Pattern List: Pyrex Compatibles
Pyrex Advertising & Brochures
1972 Leaflet: Creative Glass by Corning
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