Pyrex - 100 Year Anniversary

  • PYREX – 100 Year Anniversary

    Pyrex cookware is found in over 90 million homes throughout the world and has been a kitchen staple in American homes for 100 years ever since Jesse Littleton, a Corning Industries scientist, accidently found a new use for Pyrex glass in 1913. Jesse’s wife asked her husband to bring home something from Corning Industries that she could use in place of the casserole dish she had broken. Pyrex glass had been used for railroad lanterns since 1912. Since the glass could withstand the cold of severe winter nights and intense heat hot summer days, Jesse determined the glass could withstand his wife’s baking requirements. Jesse cut the bottom off some lantern jars made of Pyrex glass and took them to his wife. She baked a cake in one and was thrilled with the outcome, especially that she could actually watch the baking process through the glass. Jesse Improved on his cut-off jars and two years later, Pyrex cookware hit the market.

    Pyrex products come in all shapes, sizes, patterns, and colors; but almost all are designed to be used in mixing, baking, cooking, or food storage. Frequently, Pyrex cookware comes in a set of three, four, or more container sizes. While clear glass Pyrex is popular, the “white” patterned-glass Pyrex cookware has become very desirable to cooks and collectors alike.

    Today, Pyrex cookware is a highly collectible item and can be found in antique stores and flea markets throughout America. Some of the earlier produced pattern sets are quite valuable and often sell for $100 or more in antique stores. However, newer individual pieces can be purchased for as little as two or three dollars.   As with most antiques, price is determined by condition, scarcity, and the uniqueness of the piece.

    The next time you are browsing in THE BRASS ARMADILLO, be sure to keep an eye out for Pyrex items. I’m sure you will find a wide variety of styles and patterns and you will be intrigued by all of the unique variances of individual pieces.