Tinted Clear Pyrex: Fireside, Cranberry, Cobalt Blue, Spring Green, Amethyst, Smoke Gray, Peacock
The selection of shapes & sizes offered in clear Pyrex is often different from the items widely available in opal Pyrex, and this is particularly true during the period in which tinted Pyrex was produced. The most typical sizes of clear Pyrex casseroles are 023/623 & 024/624, baking pans include loaf pans (213), square pans (222), and rectangular pans (232, 233), and the usual sizes in pie plates are 209 & 229.
Top row: Fireside, Cranberry, Amethyst.
Bottom row: Cobalt Blue, Peacock, Spring Green.
Clear Pyrex nesting bowls are usually the rimmed type, with four sizes numbered 322, 323, 325, 326. Although this shape is often associated with modern Pyrex, it is really the oldest nesting bowl style. It debuted in 1942 as a three-piece set, but the the 326 did not appear in the U.S. until 1979. This shape was also manufactured with a smooth rippled interior, marked with the same model numbers as ordinary rimmed bowls.
Peacock 222 square pan with basketweave effect on the outside, and clear 325 rimmed bowl with a smooth rippled interior.
Another nesting bowl style in tinted clear Pyrex is a sculptured variation on round 400-series bowls, with a fluted exterior. This version was first seen about 1991 and the bowls are numbered 7401-S, 7402-S, 7403-S, 7404-S. Other sizes, like casseroles and baking pans, also developed sculptured fluted exteriors at that time, with their model numbers suffixed with "-S" too, e.g.: 024-S, 213-S, etc.
All known shapes & sizes are listed, and there might be others too.
Fireside 502 refrigerator dish.
This dark brown amber colour was the first decorative tint to appear in transparent Pyrex. Fireside remained as late as the mid 1990s, and the product line encompassed numerous shapes & sizes in baking pans (213, 222, 232, 233), pie plates (209, 229), custard cups (463, 465), casseroles (023/623, 024/624), and rimmed nesting bowls (322, 323, 325, 326).
Some unique items in this colour are: butter dish, 1400 mug, 815 well & tree platter, 207 petite pie plate, 019/681 casserole, 500-series refrigerator set. There is a 480-series casserole set, but the smaller sizes might not exist.
(Photo: Pyrex 1400 mugs.)
Fireside often was sold with accessories for tabletop serving. The Fireside Originals product line included metal cradles, and Fireside Naturals came with baskets. A 16-piece set of dinnerware named Fireside Plates 'N' Mates was imported from the U.K. This set came with shallow rattan baskets meant to go under the dinner plates.
Fireside 480 casserole set: 473, 474, 475 (lids not shown). It is not clear whether they are a regular production item.
Bowls with a sculptured teardrop pattern on the outside borrow their shape from the Sculptured Ovenware line. In Fireside, the set contains one serving bowl and four individually-sized bowls. Festive Harvest is the only printed pattern to appear on tinted clear Pyrex, on rimmed nesting bowl sets. The Fireside tint also was used to make lids for amber Visions, beige Corning Ware, French Bisque Corning Ware, and brown Homestead Pyrex.
Amethyst 322, Cranberry 322, Fireside 475.
The introduction of Pyrex in this colour was a result of the immense success of Cranberry Visions, launched two years earlier. Various Pyrex baking pans (213, 222, 232, 233), pie plates (209, 229), casseroles (023/623, 024/624), and nesting bowls were offered with this tint. Two nesting bowl styles were produced in Cranberry: ordinary rimmed bowls (322, 323, 325, 326), and round with a sculptured exterior (7401-S, 7402-S, 7403-S, 7404-S). This colour also exists in Storage Plus containers, in round (7200, 7201, 7202, 7203) and rectangular (7210, 7211, 7212) sizes. Cranberry Pyrex also was used to make lids for Cranberry Visions.
Cranberry 7211 (6 cup, 1.5 L) Storage Plus container, lid not shown. Storage Plus uses plastic lids.
Pyrex bakeware and nesting bowls with a sculptured exterior were part of the Cranberry Sensation product line, launched in 1994. Co-ordinating dinnerware sets and other serving ware in the Cranberry Sensation and Cranberry Swirl product lines are not Pyrex; they were sourced from Crisa, Libbey's subsidiary in Mexico. These products were marketed under the Corning Designs and Crown Corning brand names and are not heat-resistant glass.
Peacock 024, Cobalt Blue 323, Spring Green 326.
Cobalt Blue (1994)
This brilliant shade of blue has been available in a variety of baking pans (213, 222, 232, 233), pie plates (209, 229), custard cups (463), casseroles (024/624), oval baking dishes (702), and nesting bowls. Three nesting bowl styles were produced in Cobalt Blue: ordinary rimmed bowls (322, 323, 325, 326), rimmed with a rippled interior (322, 323, 325), and round with a sculptured exterior (7401-S, 7402-S, 7403-S).
A selection of Cobalt Blue serving ware was designed to co-ordinate with the first group of thick Corelle patterns known as Corningware Dinnerware, launched in 1999. Branded as Corningware Serveware, the Pyrex items have a lot in common with Festiva, but with a different embossed pattern.
Cobalt Blue is one of the Festiva colours too, introduced during 2001 in complete dinnerware sets. This colour was also part of the Pyrex Serving Sensations product line, appearing in 1999 with shapes borrowed from Calypso in Corning Ware's Casual Elegance line.
Blush Green 325, Blush Pink 323, Blush Blue 322.
Blush: Blue, Pink, Green (1996)
Dilute versions of Cobalt Blue, Cranberry and Spring Green were available in a three-piece set of sculptured round bowls (7401-S, 7402-S, 7403-S). At some point, this sequence of colours was also offered with ordinary rimmed nesting bowls (322, 323, 325). The mixed sets were meant to co-ordinate with Corelle patterns that used a similar palette, like Summer Blush.
By early 1997, a larger range of shapes & sizes had arrived in Blush Blue, all with sculptured exteriors: baking pans (213-S, 233-S), casseroles (024-S), and round nesting bowls (7401-S, 7402-S, 7403-S, 7404-S).
Blush Blue sculptured nesting bowls, 7401-S & 7402-S. 7403-S & 7404-S complete the four-piece set.
Another grouping of pale green clear Pyrex is branded with "MSE", i.e.: Martha Stewart Everyday. A variety of shapes & sizes, both with and without sculptured exteriors, were produced specifically for this company. Although a competitor of Pyrex also manufactured green glass bakeware under the MSE brand, genuine Pyrex examples are recognizable by their typical Pyrex shapes, which are marked with the correct model numbers too. Exact dates are not known, but the product line was on the market around 2000.
(Photo: Pyrex 323 rimmed bowl with MSE brand and logo. Spring Green 326 on right.)
Spring Green (1999)
A selection of Spring Green serving ware was designed to co-ordinate with the first group of thick Corelle patterns known as Corningware Dinnerware, launched in 1999. Branded as Corningware Serveware, the Pyrex items have a lot in common with Festiva, but with a different embossed pattern. Spring Green is one of the Festiva colours too, introduced during 2001 in complete dinnerware sets.
This colour also can be found in rimmed nesting bowls (322, 323, 325, 326), which date to about 2000, and there might be other shapes & sizes too. Spring Green Pyrex also was used to make lids for French White Corning Ware in My Garden and Callaway.
Corning Ware My Garden round casserole (F-5) with Spring Green lid.
This shade of deep purple is quite different from Cranberry's burgundy colour. Various Pyrex baking pans (222, 232, 233), pie plates (209, 229), casseroles (024/624), oval baking dishes (702), and nesting bowls exist with this tint. Three nesting bowl styles were produced in Amethyst: ordinary rimmed bowls (322, 323, 325, 326), rimmed with a rippled interior (322, 323, 325, 326), and round with a sculptured exterior (7401-S, 7402-S, 7403-S, 7404-S).
Amethyst is one of the Festiva colours too, introduced during 2001 in complete dinnerware sets. This colour was also part of the Pyrex Serving Sensations product line, appearing in 1999 with shapes borrowed from Calypso in Corning Ware's Casual Elegance line.
Smoke Gray 702 (2 Qt) oval baking dish, Amethyst 702, Fireside 473.
Smoke Gray (2000)
This dark tint belongs to a product line named Smoked Originals. It is a true grey colour, distinct from Fireside's brown hue, and a lot darker. When it was unveiled a marketing manager stated that Smoke Gray "perfectly complements the current trend explosion of silver and anodized products".
Smoke Gray can be found in baking pans (222, 232, 233), pie plates (229), casseroles (024/624), oval baking dishes (702), and rimmed nesting bowl sets (322, 323, 325).
(Photo: Smoke Gray Pyrex bakeware. Image from World Kitchen Inc.)
This teal coloured blue-green tint was introduced with an embossed basketweave texture on the exterior. A statement released prior to Peacock's March 2002 launch described the colour as "taking a cue from the beauty of nature and magnificence of coastal skylines" and said that the basketweave design was "part of an overall trend toward texture and surface treatments in glass."
Peacock 229 pie plate with basketweave effect.
Peacock was also produced with a smooth surface, and both types were offered in a variety of baking pans (222, 233), pie plates (229), casseroles (024/624) and rimmed nesting bowls (322, 323, 325). The patented basketweave pattern appears on a range of clear colourless Pyrex products too.
Peacock & plain clear 024/624 casseroles, basketweave. Their matching lids do not have a basketweave pattern, but they are not entirely smooth either. The inner circle surrounding the knob has a subtle texture.
Sculptured Bowls in Mixed Colours
Introduced about 2000, a three-piece set of sculptured 7400-S bowls combines Cobalt Blue, Spring Green and Amethyst. From 1996, a mixed set of Blush Blue, Blush Pink and Blush Green also exists.
There are single-colour nesting bowl sets with this shape in Cranberry, Amethyst, Blush Blue and clear Pyrex, these choices including the largest bowl, a 7404-S. In Cobalt Blue there are three-piece sets, but it is unclear whether a 7404-S was ever manufactured in this colour.
Three-piece bowl set with sculptured fluted exterior, Amethyst 7403-S, Spring Green 7402-S, Cobalt Blue 7401-S.
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