Saturday, August 27, 2011

Unusual pieces

The Pyrex hunting --and receiving-- has been good lately. First of all, I received a belated Mother's Day gift when I visited Libby in Colorado, and I don't blame her for not wanting to mail this:

The Golden Grapes Cinderella chip and dip set from 1961!!! I SO love that delphite blue color inside. Perfect condition. Also in Colorado, I found these little ramekins or au gratin dishes:

I love red, so I just had to pick these up for $2 each. The bottoms say "Pyrex brand Tableware by Corning." A newer item.

Back in Missouri, I grabbed this item for just $11 at my local antique mall:

This is the Butterfly Gold 4-quart round casserole, with lid. Both are marked #664 and they look completely unused. This thing is BIG! I haven't seen the flat lip on any other item. Finally, try to figure out what the next item is before you scroll down to get the answer:

As you can see, it's about 5 1/2 inches long and looks like blown glass on the inside, making it weighted toward one side. It is clearly labeled PYREX / T.M. REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. / MADE IN U.S.A. and has a metal piece on the end--not a cap; there is a hole in it.

My family members made guesses about this item's function: an old IV bottle? Wine-making equipment? A baby bottle?

Fortunately, the reverse side of the price tag told me what it is: a float for a gravity-feed toilet tank. Yep, that's what it looks like, all right--a toilet tank float! This item is really old, and must have been an early attempt at making Pyrex a commercial product with applications beyond railroad lamps. I bought it, of course, and I have NO idea how I'm going to display it.


  1. Super finds! Pyrex made everything they could out of glass!

    Rolling pins, baster, baby bottles and now toilet tanks floaters....NICE!

  2. Love, love, love the Golden Grapes Cinderella chip & dip!!

  3. Vonlipi--I have seen a Pyrex baby bottle but not a rolling pin or baster. I will keep my eye out for those. I like the unusual pieces, as well as the delphite blue, like the Golden Grapes chip and dip.

  4. ...all I can say is...LOVE THEM ALL!!!

  5. Boy I'd say they are unusual. I love them though. I love the deep yellow one and the oblong ones I never seen those before they look like those one plates mom has..can't think of the name..don't know the names of any hardly.

  6. The little au gratin dishes are also called "pixie dishes" - the pattern comes in four colors: bluegrass, fern green, grecian gray, and revel red.

  7. I have one of those toilet tank floats sum1 asked has any1 seen another but mine is a tid bit different. But thanx I didn't know what it was