Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

 

 

Everyone growing up in America in the past fifty years probably ate a batch or two of cookies mixed up in a bowl from Anchor Hocking’s Fire King line. Beginning production in the 1940’s, pieces were often given away as promotional items or sold in grocery stores. This was a great strategy for companies to promote their foodstuffs, putting a piece of glassware in the box that was both lovely and functional, oven safe and durable.

a glass coffee cup by Anchor Hocking

The vivid shine of Fire King is apparent in this Peach Lustre coffee mug.

 

Fire King came in a number of colors, including white, peach lustre, and the most popular, jadeite, which was a light green, almost a milk glass with a jade tint applied. Mixing bowls, ramekins, casserole dishes were all made in the Fire King line, as well as tableware such as sugar bowls, creamers, bowls and plates. Oftentimes a decaled pattern would be applied to tie in to a set of dinnerware made by another company. You could also mail in to receive a special Fire King cookbook, full of casserole and baking recipes you could prepare and bake in the same dish.

 

a mixing bowl in white and pink

A Fire King mixing bowl in ivory hand painted to match the Franciscan company’s Desert Rose line.

My grandmother had a number of pieces, including ramekins, in the Peach Lustre glaze. For this reason, it’s always been the color I’ve been most drawn to. Although the Jadeite is lovely, it’s the most sought after, and for that reason is difficult to come across, and can be priced far above what it’s worth. Collectors beware; because of its popularity a lot of reproductions of the jadeite are flooding the markets. Therefore, for new collectors, I’d recommend starting with something with less demand, such as the ivory. Not only will this decrease frustration, you’ll also learn to tell the new from the old without having to spend an arm and a leg.

green g;ass pitcher

An example of Fire King’s jadeite, from the Fire King wikipedia page.

 

 

For more information about Anchor Hocking, you can visit the Anchor Hocking Museum’s website:

 

http://www.anchorhockingmuseum.com/index.html

 

Looking for some great examples of Peach Lustre? I have a few listings currently in my Etsy shop:

 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/91899906/pair-of-anchor-hocking-fire-king

 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/97223836/peach-luster-cereal-bowl-mid-century

Advertisements