Fire King Glass – Collecting Anchor Hocking

Are you a collector of fine vintage glass pieces? Well, surely you already know about Anchor Hocking Fire King. If not, here’s an overview that’s sure to familiarize you with this brand of glassware. In a way, these Fire King Glass pieces are quite similar to Pyrex as it is also idea for oven use. This is because both products are made of low expansion borosilicate glass that is capable of withstanding the intense heat that the oven produces. Anchor Hocking Fire King Glass pieces were first produced in the 1940’s and were actually intended for everyday use instead of being used as home décor. As a matter of fact, they were often given away as promotional items at gas stations or were sold together with bags of flour. The line consisted of plates, cups, bowls, and casseroles, serving platters, vases as well as creamers amongst others. Despite being designed for everyday use, this type of glassware wasn’t intended for dishwater use as it could significantly dull its color and luster as well as wear out any painted decorations that it might have.

Speaking of patterns and decorations, some of the most popular designs commonly found on Anchor Hocking Fire King Glass pieces include primrose, forget me not, fleurette, blue mosaic as well as anniversary rose. Patterns that had solid glass colors included shell, Jane ray, swirl, fish scale, sheaves of wheat, 4000 line, 1700 line and three bands restaurant ware. The most popular of which would be the jadeite restaurant ware. Popularized by Martha Stewart through her television show, it is also among the most coveted among collectors. Besides being aesthetically pleasing, many collectors love the fact that Anchor Hocking Fire King Glassware pieces are both durable and useful. They can go from being used to cook a variety of dishes to beautifying glass fronts as displays. As a matter of fact, as mentioned earlier, Martha Stewart had a collection of jadeite bowls on display as part of her daily cooking segments.

Now, jadeite pieces were not exclusive to Anchor Hocking. There were other glassware manufacturers during that time that produced similar pieces. However, only Anchor Hocking Fire King named theirs jadeite. As such, if you are looking for an authentic Anchor Hocking jadeite pieces, it would be good to check for the hyphenated “jadeite” somewhere in the piece as it is an identifying feature of Anchor Hocking jadeite products. Also, do note that their jadeite pieces often come in a variety of different green shades so there might be some discrepancies between pieces that do not come from the same set. This is normal because jadeite was actually made from glass scraps thus the impurities found in them significantly affected the color of the finished glassware.

Now, if you want to find authentic Anchor Hocking Fire King Glass Bakeware pieces, you have got to do your research first. Why? Well, having a good idea of what an authentic piece would look and feel like should help you differentiate an original from a reproduction. As for age, this can be learned as well. There would be, of course, signs of aging. Check for the edges, any discoloration and other details that might suggest a particular piece’s age.

So there you have it, just a few things about Anchor Hocking Fire King Glass pieces that one might need to know about.

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2 Responses to Fire King Glass – Collecting Anchor Hocking

  1. Teresa says:

    Do you ever come across Fire King (mint condition) grill plates, either the wagon wheel or the three compartment plates? They are pretty hard to find, but I keep looking.

  2. Karen says:

    Did anchor hocking fire king peach luster have a set of cups and saucers about half size? Were they for children or a tea set?

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