Pyrex Compatibles - Spring Blossom Green (1972)
Spring Blossom Green Pyrex was introduced during spring 1972 to complement the Corelle pattern first launched in 1970. A new version of this pattern arrived in 1979. The original design on ovenware & nesting bowls includes large blossoms, both solid and outlined, and a sideways flower with three or four petals. Multi-piece sets have alternating colour schemes: white on avocado green, and avocado green on white.
The largest variety of pieces was produced with this original pattern, during a period when a lot of new shapes & sizes were introduced as Pyrex Compatibles. All items with the original 1972 design were discontinued by 1979, if not earlier.
Initially, oval casseroles & divided dishes were equipped with patterned opal Pyrex lids. By mid 1977 this was no longer the case, so oval casseroles manufactured during the later part of this pattern's lifespan came with clear Pyrex lids. Because divided dishes were dropped in 1976, they never have clear lids.
Spring Blossom Green 401 & 402 with the new 1979 design in lime & dark green, and 401 with the original 1972 design in avocado.
The pattern was updated in 1979, the new full-colour version depicting smaller flowers and a stem with three leaves, but the sideways flower is absent. Multi-piece sets alternate between dark green and lime green with a white pattern. From 1979 to 1981, its final year, the selection of Spring Blossom Green was limited to nesting bowl sets and 470/480 casseroles. Corelle in this pattern remained in production for many years afterwards.
There are two different 474 casseroles, one does not belong to a set. From 1979 to 1981, 474 & 475 casseroles were packaged individually with the numbers 484 or 485 on the boxes. As part of a set, the 474 was lime green, but when sold singly, its background was dark green. The single 475 was the same colour as usual.
There are two distinct versions of the pattern on refrigerator dishes. It is only a subtle difference between the two versions, and it requires a close comparison to see that it is a similar group of flowers in a new arrangement. The change occurred during 1976 or 1977, and the colour is the same avocado green, so this variation does not correspond to the major update for bowls & casseroles in 1979.
(Photo: 501 & 502 from the original 1972 refrigerator set.)
For a very long time it has been wrongly asserted that the 1979 design on nesting bowls and casseroles was the "older" one, being from the "late 60s". A popular reference book perpetuates this myth and the nickname to go with it, but everything about this commonly held belief is incorrect. The point is easily proven with clear evidence from dealer catalogues. There is no doubt that the official name of both variations has always been Spring Blossom Green, and it first appeared in 1972 as an accessory for Corelle Livingware.
Original Design 1972:
300-Series Round - 401, 402, 403 - avocado, white, avocado
400-Series Round - 401, 402, 403, 404 - avocado, white, avocado, white
440-Series Cinderella - 441, 442, 443, 444 - white, avocado, white, avocado
New Design 1979:
300-Series Round - 401, 402, 403 - dark green, lime green, dark green
440-Series Cinderella - 441, 442, 443, 444 - lime green, dark green, lime green, dark green
Original Design 1972:
4 Qt Round Casserole - 664 - avocado
2 Qt Round Casserole - 024 - white
Cinderella Casseroles (470 Set) - 471, 472, 473 - avocado, white, avocado
Cinderella Casseroles (480 Set) - 473, 474, 475 - avocado, white, avocado
Oval Casseroles - 043/943, 045/945 - with patterned opal lids, or plain clear lids
Divided Dish - 063/963* - dish is avocado with no pattern, patterned opal lid
Refrigerator Dishes - 501, 502, 503 - white, avocado, avocado (2 versions)
Baking Pans - 913‡ loaf, 922 square, 933 rectangular - white, white, avocado
New Design 1979:
Cinderella Casseroles (470 Set) - 471, 472, 473 - dark green, lime green, dark green
Cinderella Casseroles (480 Set) - 473, 474, 475 - dark green, lime green, dark green
Cinderella Casserole, single (484 or 485 Set) - 474 or 475 - both dark green
* - Although catalogues and packaging state that a covered divided dish is a 963, neither the lid nor the dish is marked this way. The dish itself is an 063, but this number only appears on examples made during the mid 1970s. Its lid is a 945, the same lid that is meant for an 045 casserole. Since about 1972, the capacity of an 063 had been stated as 1 Qt rather than 1½ Qt.
‡ - 913 loaf pans are sometimes numbered 813, but it might be an error. Both are the same size & shape, marked with "8½ x 4½ x 2½". In company literature they are called 913.
1972 Advertisement: Pyrex Compatibles
1972 Catalogue: Corelle
1974 Brochure: 470 Casseroles
1976 Catalogue: Pyrex Ware
1978 Catalogue: Corelle, Pyrex, Corning Ware
1981 Brochure: Pyrex Ware
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