Pyrex Profile - Homestead (1976)

Homestead was the newest Pyrex Ware pattern in 1976.  Its original version was last available in 1980, but the design returned about four years after that with a brown variation.  Differing from many Pyrex patterns, Homestead does not have an alternating colour scheme.  In the original version, all pieces are speckled beige with a blue pattern, and the new version is solid beige with a brown pattern.  Homestead was designed by artist Estelle Rothstein.

Original blue version:
Although it is not exactly a Corelle pattern, Homestead was promoted at its launch as the ideal complement to Old Town Blue, introduced in 1972.  As in, "The Homestead Collection … Blends Beautifully with Old Town Blue."  Although it was pictured frequently alongside Old Town Blue in catalogues, the original packaging did not bear the Compatibles brand name.  But some boxes did state "Complements your Corelle Livingware by Corning".

 

401s & 402s: Blue & Brown Homestead mixed together.
401s & 402s: blue & brown Homestead mixed together.  The background colours are slightly different, even disregarding the speckled finish.  The brown pattern is newer than the original blue version.

Initially, oval casseroles and Cinderella casseroles were equipped with speckled beige opal Pyrex lids, and the smallest 471 had no printed pattern at all.  By mid 1977 this was no longer the case, and casseroles manufactured during the later part of this pattern's lifespan came with clear Pyrex lids, and 471s from this time do have a blue design.

Each of the bowls of the 400-series set were available individually in open stock as well as in boxed sets of three or four, from approximately 1977 to 1979.  From the late 1970s until 1980, 474 and 475 casseroles were sold singly with the numbers 484 or 485 on the boxes.

A six-piece Country Kitchen Set was available sometime between 1978 & 1980.  This assortment is comprised of pieces gathered from three different sets: 503 refrigerator dish & lid, 475 casserole & lid, and 402 & 403 round nesting bowls.  Homestead also includes the only known examples of three-piece Cinderella bowl sets, a 433-series set (441, 442, 443) and a 430-series set (442, 443, 444).

No divided dishes or baking pan sets were offered in Homestead.  Although 1410 mugs exist in blue Homestead, it is not clear whether they were a regular production item.

In Australia, Homestead was named Sandstock instead, but the pattern is exactly the same.  It is still American-made Pyrex, but in a different box.

 

Tabletop Ware:
1410 Mug (all-over speckled beige with blue pattern)

 

Nesting Bowls:

Sets:
300-Series Round - 401, 402, 403

400-Series Round - 401, 402, 403, 404

440-Series Cinderella - 441, 442, 443, 444

Singles:
Round 401, 402, 403, 404

 

Ovenware:

Cinderella Casseroles (470 Set) - 471 (no pattern, or patterned), 472, 473 - with speckled opal lids*, or plain clear lids

Cinderella Casseroles (480 Set) - 473, 474, 475 - with speckled opal lids*, or plain clear lids

Cinderella Casserole, single (484 or 485 set) - 474 or 475 - with clear lids

Oval Casseroles - 043/943; 045/945 - with speckled opal lids, or plain clear lids

Refrigerator Dishes - 501 (no pattern), 502, 503

Round Casserole - 664

6-Piece Country Kitchen Set - 402 & 403; 503 & 475 - with clear lids

* - Cinderella casserole lids made of opal Pyrex are numbered differently for some reason, marked 20-C, 24-C, 25-C, instead of 470-C, 474-C, 475-C.

 

Libbey Glassware: There is glassware that seems to match Homestead, but it is not clear whether it is an official licensed product.  The pattern is blue with a beige speckled background, and the shape is the familiar Corelle Coordinates style with a "single bulge" near the bottom.

 

brown Homestead 475
Brown Homestead 475 casserole, with clear brown Fireside 475 lid.

New brown version:
Blue on speckled beige is the original colour scheme of Homestead, but there is a second version with a Brown design on a solid beige background.  Original packaging shows that it was also named Homestead.  Some packaging also carries a copyright date of 1984, placing brown Homestead in the early to mid 1980s, and certainly newer than the Blue version.  Exact starting and ending dates for the Brown version are uncertain.

In terms of the specific pattern, the Brown one varies from the Blue only slightly.  It is a scaled down and smaller version of the Blue design, and on some pieces certain motifs are missing from the Brown design.

Only selected pieces were available in Brown, and one special item was a Bake 'N' Carry set that combined a 475 casserole and a quilted cosy.  Lids for 480-series casseroles are clear dark brown amber Pyrex, a colour borrowed from the Fireside product line.

Shapes & sizes listed are confirmed and there might be others too.  471 & 472 Cinderella casseroles seem to be non-existent, so it is doubtful that a 470 set was offered.  It is unclear whether 404 bowls exist.

 

Nesting Bowls:

300-Series Round - 401, 402, 403.

440-Series Cinderella - 441, 442, 443, 444.

 

Ovenware:

Cinderella Casseroles (480 Set) - 473, 474, 475 - with brown clear lids.

Cinderella Casserole, single (485 Set) - 475 - Bake 'N' Carry, with brown clear lid and cosy.

The quilted cosy in the Bake 'N' Carry set is not printed with a Homestead design.  It is off-white with a small brown pattern and a solid brown interior.

 

475 & 045 casseroles, beige with brown speckles
Beige with brown speckles, but no blue pattern: 475 with 25 lid, and oval 045 (lid not shown).

Unpatterned version: 
Aside from the usual 471, there are at least four more sizes decorated with Homestead's speckled beige colour, but no blue pattern.  Known sizes are 045 oval, and 473, 474, 475 Cinderella casseroles, the latter three comprising a 480 set.  All four use opal lids, as regular blue Homestead did during 1976 & 1977.

If this unpatterned version has a different official name, it is not known.  The casseroles' markings date them to the mid 1970s, and they might even pre-date the usual Homestead pattern.  This variation without a blue design is probably not a regular production item.


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