Vintage Pyrex is a popular collectible today but of the hundreds of patterns available, there are some designs which are more popular than others. In particular, the patterns of mixing bowls, casserole dishes, and refrigerator sets that come in cheerful colors such as pink and turquoise, are much more popular with modern Pyrex collectors than the earthy, muted patterns that sold so well in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Here's a selection of some of the hottest patterns and colors among collectors today. Some of these designs are very sought after since they have designs that are popular, and they are in very limited supply.
The Butterprint pattern dates to 1957 and is distinguished by an Amish farm couple bordered by sheaves of wheat, roosters, and corn stalks. This pattern is also known as “Amish,” “Farmer & Wife,” “Buttercup,” and “Rooster & Corn”. This popular pattern sells well mainly because the most common color scheme found is turquoise blue on white or white on turquoise blue.
The Gooseberry pattern debuted in 1957 This pattern came in the color schemes, pink on white, white on pink, black on white, and black on yellow. The yellow and black was discontinued in 1962 while the pink and white variation was ended in 1966. Gooseberry is also known as Onion Berries, Leaves and Berries, Acorn, and Grape Leaves.
The Rainbow Striped (or Rainbow Stripes) was first introduced in 1965 and was available in the round nesting mixing bowls. This pattern came in four colors; pink, blue, sandalwood (beige), and yellow. The Rainbow Stripe pattern was made until around 1968. Also known as Striped Lines or Alternating Lines.
First introduced in 1968 the Dot series of bowls has a fun, bold motif that is as modern today as it was then. Often called New Dot, the addition of “New” is a misnomer originating from the introduction of the “New” green dot color. Each color was individually named, such as Orange Dot, Yellow Dot, Blue Dot, and Green Dot. The Dot series of bowls continued production through 1972.
Terra, first introduced in 1964 and is an unusual design for Pyrex. The matte textured facade was designed to simulate rustic earthenware. Standard Terra items always have a matte brown finish. Glossy examples found in brighter colors are most likely from the testing period of the Terra design. This pattern ended production around 1965.
The Snowflake design first arrived in 1956 with the choice of three colors: white on turquoise, turquoise on opal, and white on charcoal. The charcoal option was the first to end production in about 1960 while the white on turquoise continued until 1967. The turquoise on opal option ended in 1963. Also known as Winter or Black Snowflakes and often confused with Snowflake Blue.
Snowflake Blue began production in 1972 but had a short run, only lasting until 1979. Since this pattern was around for just seven years, there is only one version, blue on white and the reverse. Multi-piece sets have alternating color schemes, often mixed with solid color pieces. Also known as Winter or Snowflake Garland, and often confused with Snowflake.
Daisy was seen early in 1968. The multi-piece sets consisted mainly of solid color pieces in shades of orange and yellow. The casserole lids come in clear or white and have a printed orange & yellow daisy design. The Daisy line including juice servers and Cinderella casseroles with clear patterned lids. The pattern's run ended in 1972.
This design is exclusive to a chip & dip set that was introduced in the spring of 1958. The design was not given an official name other than the description "White on Turquoise" which was used on the box and in advertising. The pattern includes a mix of stylized hot-air balloons and celestial objects. The bold turquoise color makes this a more desirable item than many other chip and dip sets.
Although many collectors know it as "Eyes" the original boxes show that the official name was "Hot 'N' Cold Chip and Dip" set. The exact date this item was produced is unknown, but it seems to date from the time of 1958 to 1960. Some bowls in this pattern are missing the usual Pyrex stamp while others do have the normal markings on the bottom.