They say one thing leads to another and that seems to hold true in my life on what seems like a daily basis. The most recent example of this took place last month.
First I bought some chips and cheese dip and heated the cheese up in what turns out to be a bowl from a 1940s Pyrex nested bowl set.
I knew that the bowl was sort of a collector’s item but never researched the matter thoroughly.
So after eating the chips and cheese, I washed the bowl, and then promptly dropped it on the floor.
Suddenly my favorite blue bowl and the lone survivor of a four bowl set was in dozens of pieces on the floor.
After sweeping up the remains and battering myself for the accident, I was reminded by my mother that the bowl belonged to my grandmother as did the other bowls in the set that had fell to their deaths over the years.
So I logged on the Internet and began my search of vintage Pyrex and discovered there is world of Pyrex collectors out there and a lot of Pyrex to collect.
My search took me to a web site called www.rubylane.com There I found the bowl set titled Pyrex Primary Colors Nested Bowl Set. The largest bowl in the set is yellow followed by green, red and blue bowls.
The bowls are from the 1940s. When they arrived my first thought was that the set we had was a tad bigger.
So I emailed the seller, Marianne Laroche, and inquired, she assures me that there are no bigger sets in that size. Laroche said Pyrex is a wonderful thing to collect.
“They are such wonderful things to pass on in the family,” she said. “There’s something iconic, yet familiar and wonderful about these mixing bowls. They’re little pieces of Americana.”
For those interested in Pyrex collecting or purchasing for use, LaRoche recommends visiting the website http://www.pyrexlove.com.
A visit to the site unveils various discussion threads about Pyrex and pictures of many different Pyrex items such as the “eye bowls,” the “Balloon Cinderella Bowl, which was produced in 1958, and the Spirograph promo casserole dish.
A visit to http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/091541094X/ref=nosim/pyrexlove-20 reveals a library of books dedicated to collecting Pyrex.
As for me, I’m happy with my 1940s Pyrex Nested Bowl set and plan to fight the temptation to become a Pyrex collector, but after learning just a tad about the hobby, I will look at dishes in the antique shops and at the flea markets with a different view.