Friday, October 24, 2014

Harvest Time - Corning Ware P-series "Harvest" Pattern

In late 1969, after the Moon Landing and Woodstock, Corning released the 1st Edition of the Floral Bouquet pattern as a Limited Edition Gift Line, however, that was not the end of the story.  This white ceramic knob lidded version, of what would become one of Corning's most beloved patterns, was accompanied by another special line of cookware. 

That line was called "Harvest".  (not to be confused with "Garden Harvest", a 90s A-series pattern)

Like Butterscotch round, this "pattern" is a color enamel applied to the outside of the dish.  What makes it special is the matching "harvest" colored ceramic knobs on the lids.  This is one of the things that tied it in with the 1st Edition Floral Bouquet.

The second thing was the color used.  It's the exact same color used for Floral Bouquet's linen textured background, allowing for interchanging of the pieces.

"Harvest" was only available in 3 sizes; the 1 quart (P-1-B), 1 1/2 quart (P-1 1/2-B) and the 1 3/4 quart (P-1 3/4-B) all came with a matching colored ceramic knobbed version of the P-7-C sized lid. 

It is unclear if this was considered an actual "Limited Edition Gift Line" or not.

Production continued after 1969, though the ceramic knobs were replaced with standard P-7-C clear glass knob lids in 1970.  The pattern was discontinued completely in 1972 with the release of the A-series model Corning Ware.

Be careful when shopping for "Harvest", for there are different colors of dishes.  During this time there was a transition from the round Buffet Style Centura cookware to the traditional square Corning Ware.  This is  evident in patterns like "Evening Song", "Shangri-La" and "Summer Hill", which are all available on square Corning Ware pieces.

Thus, there are solid yellow pieces out there with the mustard yellow color of the "Laurel" dinnerware pattern on them instead of the "Harvest" color.  Needless to say, the ceramic knobs of the "Harvest" lids do not match the mustard yellow of Laurel dishes.  

Match your yellows carefully.

Where is your Corning Ware??

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Flower Power! - My 1st Edition Floral Bouquet Collection

Though the Floral Bouquet pattern is covered in "the books".  I think these dates refer only to the 2nd and 3rd editions of the pattern (1970-1975) at which point a larger selection of pieces were in production.  1st Edition Floral Bouquet, however, was originally released in the fall of 1969 as a Limited Edition Gift line, just like Platinum Filigree (1966), Renaissance (1970) & Nature's Bounty (1971). 

Featuring a wrap around pattern of white flowers in "negative" due to a golden linen textured background print.

As with all of Corning's Limited Edition Gift Lines, only a "limited" selection of pieces were produced.  In the case of the 1st Edition of Floral Bouquet, the only pieces manufactured were the 1 1/2 quart (P-1 1/2-B), 1 3/4 quart (P-1 3/4-B), the 2 1/2 quart (P-2 1/2-B) and a 9 cup Percolator (P-119).  Just like the other Gift Lines, the Floral Bouquet was sold in a specially designed box.......

and included a cradle; either the Royal Buffet black & chrome candle warmer cradles or a special plastic wood grain printed P-11-T trivet. 

As far as I know, even though there are 3 sizes of these trivets, as the bottom dimensions of all three pieces are different, they are all marked as P-11-T.

So far, I have only succeeded in getting my hands on the one for the 1 1/2 quart, but the depression is much to big for the 1 3/4 quart and too small for he 2 1/2 quart. Remember, P-series Corningware is more tapered at the bottom than A-series... The taller the dish, the more the tapering.  Thus, the 1 quart is wider at the base than the 1 1/2 quart, which is wider at the base than the 1 3/4 quart. 

1st Edition Floral Bouquet started what would become a tradition for Corning's "Limited Edition Gift Lines", the "special" lids.  While Renaissance and Nature's Bounty both had pebble textured lids, the 1st Ed. Floral Bouquet had a ceramic knob that literally screwed down onto a threaded stump on the top of the lid. 

The lid sizes are equivalent to the standard sizes.  The P-1 1/2-B and P-1 3/4-B both have a P-7 C sized lid and the P-2 1/2-B has a P-9-C sized lid, just with the ceramic knob instead of a glass one.

Now if I could only find the Percolator to match. (and a couple more trivets)

Where is your Corning Ware??