The Pyrex story began in 1912 when borosilicate glass was first developed to withstand extremely high or low temperatures for use in railroad signal lanterns for the American Railway Company. Purely as an experiment, a research physician asked his wife to bake a cake in an adapted base of a glass lamp. She did, it withstood the heat and the rest is history. Pyrex launched its first product in 1915, a flan dish.
Over the decades, Pyrex diversified its glassware to incorporate everything from skillets and casseroles to bread pans and refrigerator dishes, literally helping to shape the way people cooked and stored food at home.
And now, all these years later, certain pieces of Pyrex are most definitely collectors’ items. Watch out for those early items – it’s not difficult to pick up some vintage Pyrex in good condition because it has been so durable, even with continued use.
The patterns produced from the 1950s on are catching the eye of collectors – patterns such as Butterprint, which has a distinctive Amish look. Snowflake Garland is perfect for the person who decorates their kitchen in blue and white and Daisy will brighten your day with eye-catching yellow daisies. Pyrex’s primary colors line and mix and match solid colors include red, yellow, green and more.
Once your collection is starting to grow remember that putting your Pyrex in the dishwasher may cause those beautiful bright colors to fade. Instead soak baked on pieces in warm soapy water and use a nylon spatula to loosen. Do not use abrasive cleaners!
You can find vintage Pyrex at your local flea markets, thrift shops, antique malls and of course the Internet.