I was at the large Salvation Army Family store on 82nd Avenue looking for an interesting (and cheap) cocktail glass for an alcoholic beverage post I was preparing for Culinary Alchemy. It's true, none of my cocktail glasses match. But I look at it this way, they're .99 cents and nobody will get their drinks confused at a party. I'm just sayin'
So there I was, glancing over the goblets, studying the stemware and browsing the beakers when I saw it. Quite out of place amongst it's clear crystalline brethren. A Corningware stove top percolator. Not just any stove top percolator, mind you. Oh no.
A Black Starburst percolator! Oh yeah!
Needless to say, cocktail forgotten, I snatched it up before anyone else could abscond with this heavenly object of galactic importance to my collection and blasted off towards the check out.
The best part was the price.... It just happened to be 1/2 price day (Wednesday) which completely sent me over the moon.
Luckily, the condition of this pot was significantly better than the Electromatic one I purchased a couple weeks ago. Though I will say that it is obvious it has been used on a coil burner, since the coils burned their impression into the bottom. But on the whole, much better and easier to clean up.
Corning changed the pot in 1960, so those original pots are extremely rare.....
Mine isn't made from 1 piece of Pyroceram with a clamped handle (like the teapots) But even though this one has the chrome spout, the the handle is weird. It attaches differently than the ones I normally see ...
Mine bolts from the outside instead of from underneath (which seems to be the more common handle design) Maybe there was a piece of Bakelite that slid over the bolts to cover them up, and now it's missing. Maybe that is why they changed the handle later to a 1 piece with a hidden screw underneath. I don't know, and there isn't any information out there. Argh!!!!
In other words... If it has a chrome spout, it's a Black Starburst..... not a Platinum Starburst.
And while the Platinum Starburst would still be the ULTIMATE "find" for me, this one is pretty darned special and shall hold a prominent place in both my Corningware Collection AND my Coffee Brewing collection. (Methinks I have too many collections)
In Front.... 2 cup "Flip-Drip" Napolitano Coffee Maker, Bialetti Mukka Express (Moka Pot)
Copper ibrik with miscellaneous accoutrements, Bodum 6-cup Copper French Press
This is really only part of my coffee brewing paraphernalia, but it is all I could photograph at the moment without beginning a major undertaking. I still have stuff in boxes because I just don't have room for it all in my kitchen right now. Let's not even talk about the Corningware Collection. Between the Cornflower, the French White, the Grab-it line and the Wheat, not to mention miscellaneous pieces of microwave browning, I am swimming in it. Thus, a lot of it is boxed up as well. Someday, when I have the time, I shall have to dig it ALL out and take a big family picture. LOL
Where is your Corningware??