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Spotted this orphaned Dainty Maid cradle on eBay last week. Until its "Turquoise Diamonds" bowl turns up somewhere, this plain opal 403 will have to serve as a placeholder. Seen marketed concurrently in separate ads for Mothers Day 1960 were the Dainty Maid Oven Proof Casserole and a similarly decorated Pyrex juice carafe and glasses set, the latter's decoration having starbursts interspersed among the diamonds.

A wholly unexpected find at the old thrift store this morning, these two UK Pyrex 535 Easy Roast dishes. JAJ, ITW, in the USA. Cottage Rose and Market Garden/Tuscany (both names are correct) patterns were early 1970s contemporaries, according to my copy of #dotsanddiamonds by @thatretropiece. Also available with high dome clear lids.


A bit of Pyrex ephemera from 1956. These newspaper printing plate-making "flongs" were produced by Rochester Electrotype & Engraving for newspaper ad printing. Modifications would be made to add dealer names and info. Normally, these were destroyed in the plate-making process and, even if not, were discarded afterwards. The smaller ad was also seen altered to promote the all pink bowl sets, with no change to the copy. At right is the ad (with prices adjusted) made by the larger plate.

Pyrex Canada made extensive use of this style candle warmer, supplying it with promos featuring the 473, 474 and 475 Early Canadian Cinderella round casseroles, as well as Terra in the 472, 474 and 475 (there being inexplicably no Terra 473). An oval version was paired with the Blue Tulip 043 for the Canadian release. There are no US counterparts for candle warmers in this style which fit 470 series casseroles (the handles on the US Gourmet are attached differently). Removable candle cups are also unique to Canadian Pyrex candle warmers. The one shown here, with the black candle cup, probably actually came with a Terra 474.

When I collect Pyrex promos, I want it to be the whole thing, accessory and all. So, when I find a stray cradle or candle warmer at the right price, I usually get it. This one, supplied with a number of different 404 4-quart round bowls as a serving casserole, was in the $1 box at the flea market today.