Fireside, Cranberry, Cobalt Blue, Spring Green, Amethyst,
Smoke Gray, Peacock - Tinted Clear Pyrex
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 024 (2 Qt) & 023 (1½ Qt). Baking pans include loaf pans, square pans, and rectangular pans in various sizes.
Top row: Fireside, Cranberry, Amethyst.
Bottom row: Cobalt Blue, Peacock, Spring Green.
Clear Pyrex nesting bowls are usually the rimmed style, 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, and the the 326 did not appear in the U.S. until 1979. This shape also can be found with a smooth rippled interior, marked with the same model numbers as ordinary rimmed bowls.
Another type of nesting bowl in tinted clear Pyrex is a sculptured version of round 400-series bowls, with a fluted exterior. This shape was first seen in the early 1990s and the bowls are numbered 7401-S, 7402-S, 7403-S, 7404-S.
This dark brown amber colour is the first decorative tint to appear in transparent Pyrex. Fireside was still available in the mid 1990s, and the product line encompassed numerous shapes & sizes in baking pans, 209 & 229 pie plates, custard cups, 023 & 024 casseroles, and rimmed nesting bowls. Some unique items in this colour include: butter dish, 1400 mug, 815 well & tree platter, 207 petite pie plate, and refrigerator dishes. There is a 480 Cinderella 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.
Bowls with a sculptured teardrop pattern 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 a set of rimmed nesting bowls. The Fireside tint also was used to make lids for amber Visions, beige tinted 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. A variety of Pyrex baking pans, 209 & 229 pie plates, 024 casseroles, and nesting bowls can be found with this tint. Nesting bowl sets exist in at least two styles: ordinary rimmed bowls, and 7400-S bowls with a sculptured exterior. In the Storage Plus product line are 7200-series containers in both round and rectangular sizes. Cranberry Pyrex also was used to make lids for Cranberry Visions.
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 line were sourced from Crisa, Libbey's subsidiary in Mexico.
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, 209 & 229 pie plates, custard cups, 024 casseroles, 702 oval baking dishes, and nesting bowls. There are at least three styles of nesting bowl sets: ordinary rimmed bowls, rimmed with a rippled interior, and 7400-S bowls with a sculptured exterior.
Elegantly embossed Cobalt Blue serving pieces were made to co-ordinate with the first group of thick Corelle patterns known as Corningware Dinnerware. Branded as Corningware Serveware, the Pyrex items have a lot in common with Festiva. Cobalt Blue is also one of the Festiva colours, introduced during 2001 in complete dinnerware sets. Round, oval and rectangular pieces in Cobalt Blue Pyrex Serving Sensations are identical to White Calypso in the Corning Ware Casual Elegance product 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 7400-S bowls. At some point, this sequence of colours was offered with ordinary rimmed nesting bowls too. 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: loaf pan, rectangular pan, 024 casserole, and an all-blue set of 7400-S bowls. A selection of sculptured bakeware also exists in Blush Green.
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, 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 (199?)
Debuting during the 1990s, this colour can be found in rimmed nesting bowl sets, baking pans and 024 casseroles. It is also one of the Festiva colours, introduced during 2001 in complete dinnerware sets. Spring Green Pyrex also was used to make lids for My Garden Corning Ware in French White shapes.
In 1999, elegantly embossed serving pieces in Spring Green were made to co-ordinate with the first group of thick Corelle patterns known as Corningware Dinnerware. Branded as Corningware Serveware, the Pyrex items have a lot in common with Festiva.
This shade of deep purple is quite different from Cranberry's burgundy colour. A variety of Pyrex baking pans, 209 & 229 pie plates, 024 casseroles, 702 oval baking dishes, and nesting bowls can be found with this tint. Nesting bowl sets exist in at least three styles: ordinary rimmed bowls, rimmed with a rippled interior, and 7400-S bowls with a sculptured exterior. Amethyst is also one of the Festiva colours, introduced during 2001 in complete dinnerware sets.
Smoke Gray 702 (2 Qt) oval baking dish, Amethyst 702, Fireside 473.
Smoke Gray (2000)
This dark tint belonged 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, 229 pie plates, 024 casseroles, 702 oval baking dishes, and rimmed nesting bowl sets.
(Photo: Smoke Gray bakeware. Image from World Kitchen Inc.)
This teal coloured blue-green tint was introduced with an embossed basketweave texture on the exterior. Peacock can be found with a smooth surface too, and both types were made in variety of baking pans, 229 pie plates, 024 casseroles and rimmed nesting bowls. The patented basketweave pattern appears on many clear colourless Pyrex items as well.
Peacock 222 square pan with basketweave effect on the outside, and clear 325 rimmed bowl with a smooth rippled interior.
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 offered in this colour.
Three-piece bowl set with sculptured exterior, Amethyst 7403-S, Spring Green 7402-S, Cobalt Blue 7401-S.
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Pyrex Model Numbers
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