Friday, June 7, 2013

A Starburst Is Born - 9-cup Black Starburst Stove Top Percolator

So, once again, I found a "find".  Though, considering that I wasn't foraging for a "find", I guess, in essence, the "find" found me.

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!

That, oh so, rare (1959-1963) "pattern d'homage" to the "Space Race" sat before my very eyes in all it's stellar beauty. (similar patterns are found all over Pyrex percolators and coffee carafes from this time period as well)  And all this time, I thought astronauts only drank Tang, go figure.

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.

So my $4.99 became $2.50; which made me an extremely happy camper, or rather, an astronaut in orbit, as the case may be.

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.


All it really took this time, was some Weiman Glass Cook Top Cleaner and some "Barkeeper's Friend".....

There is one significant fault with the pot.  The Bakelite handle has a small chip out of the top left corner.  But the rest of the handle is quite shiny, when compared to some of my teapot handles.

I want to say that it actually dates from about 1960 (P-119), since the original pots from 1959 (P-108) didn't have chrome spouts and the starburst design was done in shiny platinum enamel.  Originally the stove top percolators were designed just like the teapots, but being bigger and slightly bulkier, they were hard to manipulate when washing and the spouts got chipped rather frequently.

Corning changed the pot in 1960, so those original pots are extremely rare.....

(original P-108 percolator design, discontinued in 1960)

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 ...

(Handle with hidden screw design)

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!!!!

As you can see, even though the chrome spout is glued on, there is a secondary piece that clamps around the body of the pot, near the rim.  This percolator was not part of the recall, and is completely usable. (since it's both glued AND clamped)

That makes me even more happy, or orbitty, than before....  I don't know what year(s) this particular handle design was being used.  It's kind of like a hybrid between the original and the final version.  I can tell you that once the chrome spout pots were released, the Platinum version (shiny metal enamel) of this design was discontinued and replaced by the Black colored Starburst.  Which is what I have here.


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)

10-cup Cornflower Electromatic Percolator, 8-cup Cornflower Drip Coffee Maker, 9-cup Black Starburst Stove top Percolator

In Back....  8 cup Chemex, Cory 8 cup Glass Stove top Vacuum Pot (with hot plate), Cory 8 cup Stainless Steel Electric Vacuum pot (still has glass filter rod)
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??
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10 comments:

Lani Bixby said...

Fantastic find!! Can't wait for your next post - they make my day!

Patricia Taylor said...

What a beautiful coffee pot. When I read your posts I want to run to the nearest thrift store and see what I might uncover. I have a box of cookbooks I need to donate, that will be the perfect time to peruse and see what I can uncover. I really miss driving, it takes me forever to be able to go where I want. Love your posts about Corning Ware.

Anonymous said...

Love it and I found one today and have just listed it in my Etsy shop - to view please click https://www.etsy.com/listing/155233298/coffeepot-perculator-corning-rare-black?ref=shop_home_active

The Vintage Porch said...

Sorry, I did not want to post anonymously. To see the Black Starburst perculator please visit thevintageporch on etsy. I would love to know what you think of it.

Shane Wingerd said...

That is a NICE looking Percolator! And it also answers one of my questions.... There is a piece of black plastic/bakelite that snaps into the handle and covers the screws... Mine is missing.

Thanks for sharing... Great find! :-)

Green Finch said...

Oh I'm so glad you took it apart and found it is banded and not glued. I've been looking for a glass stovetop percolator and finally found a corning ware one today. I knew about the recall but it was 9 cups, corning ware and I figured I might be ok. I perked some water and vinegar and turned out, became really afraid to use it. The handle on mine had some weird plastic pieces on either side of the handle and I couldn't figure out what it was for. Now I know mine is not glued and is banded! I still want to take it apart to make sure and clean it too, there is old coffee in all the creases.

Mine doesn't have a code on it which I thought was strange because all of the recalled ones have a code. Mine is the blue cornflower pattern but it sounds like it's one of the older ones. Also in looking at it now, it is not one smooth piece of metal like the recalled ones.

Karen and Greg said...

I just found one of these at my local Goodwill today. It has the same exposed screws, but also the starbursts are almost dark blue, not black. Is this possible or is it just faded? Are you sure these weren't part of the recall? I love it!

Shane Wingerd said...

Green - Congratulations on finding one! You are right. All the recalled pots have a code of some sort on them. As long as the metal is not smooth on the outside and there is a ridge on the inside of the pot, where the band is clamped, it is not actually part of the recall.

Karen - It is possible that it was done in blue... I have heard rumors that it was, but I have not been able to confirm them. I will say that my black on has actually faded to almost a gunmetal gray color. I am positive that it was not part of the recall as it predates the change in the handle/spout design and makes use of the older epoxy for sealing the connection between the spout and the body of the pot. (which happened in 1974) Also, with it being clamped, it should be safe even if the sealant does give way for some strange reason.

Brenda said...

I just aquired one of the 8 cup black starburst stovetop coffee pots that looks brand new inside. The actual thing you put the coffee in has never been used. I have searched high and low to find the value of it but can't find anything. Maybe you can help me with this. I want to sale it but don't want to get ripped off.

Shane Wingerd said...

Sadly, that is usually the case. There is very little pricing listed on the internet aside from the crazy people on eBay that ask WAY too much money for things.

I have 2 books, both of which were printed before the recession. Not all the pieces and patterns produced are listed in each book, and some patterns and pieces are missing from both. Be that as it may, I usually tend to defer to Randy & Debbie Coe in regards to pricing, since I have met them at several Antique Shows.

Black Starburst is one of the patterns not listed in their book. This is mainly because their book was on the patterns of the cookware and the Starburst pattern was only available on coffee pots. They DO list the "Platinum" stove top version with the Pyroceram spout, but as rare as that particular piece is, it's value is really not that high; being only about $19.50. (granted, that was a couple years ago)

The problem is, that even though Corningware is a "collectable", it's really not all that old, and there is A LOT of it out there.

Be that as it may, I would still say that a fair value on your coffee pot would be about $20.00-25.00, now. Though you may not be able to sell it on eBay because of the chrome spout and the recall. Even though, if your pot is like mine, your pot was not part of Corning's recall, eBay will still not let you sell them.

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