Pyrex Promo Accessories

The accessories accompanying Pyrex promotional items over the years were quite varied. Not only did promos come with cradles, candle warmers, trivets, baskets, or other items, the styles of many were changed over time.

Although those of the first Super Deluxe (UFO*) and Opaque White casseroles in 1956 were striking in their design, the majority of the cradles included with early promo casseroles were quite utilitarian and inexpensively made. Handles were merely covered with a thin, fluted plastic tubing, which gave way to essentially a thicker version of the same in 1958. A few larger cradles and candle warmers were seen equipped with molded plastic handles.

In the early 1960s, walnut handles debuted and, with brass plated ferruled ends, were a noticeable upgrade over the previous extruded plastic. Later, the fancier ferrules were eliminated, and the wood profile changed from a flat bar to a tapered cylindrical shape, with holes drilled to accept bare wire ends.

In the early 1970s, fewer formed metal items were seen as the accessories shifted more to baskets, trivets and underplates, and the plastic "hugger" cradles arrived. Included among the last promos released were quilted fabric cozy carriers, in the Hospitality Collection.

For the collector, being able to obtain a promo piece complete with the correct lid and the original cradle, candle warmer, or other accessory represents a prime acquisition. Unfortunately, accessories were often separated from their dishes and were ultimately lost.

Stray cradles and candle warmers occasionally show up in thrift stores, but the difficulty lies in the fact that, regardless of decoration, the bowls are always the standard shapes and sizes. One casserole, therefore, will physically fit several accessories from different years. Being certain which dish a found cradle goes with can be a bit of a conundrum, as can being certain a set offered for sale is a match.

Since other makers besides Corning produced casseroles and the like with warmers, cradles, and other accessories, it's important to be able to identify, when found as stray items, those which were not made for Pyrex. Since the accessories were made for Corning, not by Corning, some of very similar design are seen with pieces from other glassware producers, likely produced by the same third party sources.

In the case of non-metal accessories, fortunately, most are actually marked Pyrex. Wooden trays and trivets, woven baskets, plastic underplates, and quilted cozies were all typically stamped, embossed, or tagged to identify them as Corning Pyrex ware products.

Empirical observation tells us accessories like candle warmer cradles were relatively inexpensively produced. As such, workmanship details like the alignment of weld points may be sloppy.

Also important to note is that there were many accessories made by third parties to fit standard shape Pyrex dishes as well as others like Fire King. Therefore, some you may see included with Pyrex dishes on eBay, for example, are not necessarily orginal.

Fortunately, print advertisements and old catalogs are of great help in identifying with which accessory a promo was originally supplied. This listing provides snapshots from those original publications for easy reference.

Alphabetical listing. Or sort by year. Or sort by model/year.

 Americana Chip & Dip (400) (1967)
 Barbed Wire* (063) (1958)
 Basket Weave*(Wicker*) (043) (1970)
 Black Tulip* (043) (1957)
 Blue Ivy (063) (1967)
 Blue Wheat* (023) (1961)
 Bluebelle Serving Dish (1063) (1960)
 Bluebird (043) (1959)
 Celtic Floral* (473) (1969)
 Cinderella Cradled Casserole (023) (1958)
 Cinderella Divided Casserole (Constellation*) (063) (1959)
 Cinderella New Buffet Twins (473) (1959)
 Cinderella Serving Bowl (443) (1959)
 Cinderella Snack & Dip (025) (1959)
 Crazy Quilt (473) (1971)
 Dandelion* Duet Casserole (063) (1959)
 Deluxe Hostess Casserole (Frost Garland*) (023) (1962)
 Designer Collection (var.) (1978)
 Divided Buffet Server (063) (1962)
 Early American Oval Casserole (043) (1962)
 Empire Scroll '61 (043) (1961)
 Empire Scroll '65 (045) (1965)
 Espanol (474) (1973)
 Golden Branch* Hospitality Casserole (024) (1959)
 Golden Casserole (045) (1959)
 Golden Classic (045) (1962)
 Golden Garland* (043) (1969)
 Golden Hearts (045) (1958)
 Golden Pine SS (575) (1961)
 Golden Poinsettia* Deluxe Buffet Server (045) (1961)
 Golden Rose (045) (1967)
 Golden Rosette (043) (1969)
 Golden Tulip (024) (1962)
 Golden Wreath (043) (1967)
 Gourmet Casserole (475) (1961)
 Green Honeysuckle* (043) (1960)
 Green Wheat SS (575) (1960)
 Hex Signs* (045) (1960)
 Hospitality Collection (var.) (1980)
 Kim Chee (043) (1971)
 Lace Medallion (045) (1957)
 Meadow (043) (1960)
 Medallion (443) (1962)
 Mod Kitchen* (043) (1958)
 Moon Deco (475) (1971)
 Needlepoint Cinderella (443) (1958)
 Needlepoint SS (575) (1957)
 Nouveau Floral* (475) (1969)
 Opal Round Cradled Casserole (023) (1957)
 Opaque White Casserole (023) (1956)
 Pink Stems* (043) (1962)
 Pressed Flowers (043/45) (1957)
 Raffia (475) (1973)
 Rooster Black* (575) (1958)
 Royal Serving Dish (063) (1961)
 Royal Wheat (063) (1960)
 Saxony (475) (1967)
 Seville (045) (1971)
 Snack Server (Compass*) (063) (1959)
 Sol Flower* (473) (1968)
 Spirograph* (475) (1969)
 Starburst SS (575) (1960)
 Super Deluxe Casserole (UFO*) (024) (1956)
 Twin Server (472) (1959)
 Zodiac (475) (1961)

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The "Butterprint" pattern was sold as "Oklahoma" in Australia.