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Casserole, Corning, Spice of Life with Lid, 3 Qt, Vintage

Casserole, Corning, Spice of Life with Lid, 3 Qt, Vintage

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  • Patterns: "Spice of Life"
  • Made in:  USA 
  • Vintage: 1972 - 1987
  • Details:  This much loved pattern was originally introduced by Corning in 1972 as a dinnerware set with additional pieces added through the 80's.  This Spice of Life pattern is much loved with vegetables that are so fresh and colorful, plus herbs in varying tones of green are just delightful, we can see why it's still being collected.  One of the most unique aspects of these pieces are the French names, in a cursive font, this one "L'Echalote La Marjolaine" (Shallot a'la Marjoram).  This is a large 3 Quart size casserole dish with it's clear glass lid.  The detailed information is stamped on the underside of one handle, it reads:  "Corning Ware A-3-B, 3 Quart, Range, Oven, Microwave, Corning NY, USA 178 MA".   A great gift for a collector or for your own kitchen decor or use.  Interesting to note: Through a licensing agreement with Corning, Gemco-Ware manufactured coffeepots, teapots, storage jars, salts and peppers, creamer and sugar sets, etc., to match several of Corning's patterns.   They were made of white glass with chromed plastic lids. We have some of those pieces in this Spice of Life pattern if you're interested.
  • Material: Glass 
  • Dimensions:   8.5 inches Wide (not including handles), and 4.0 inches Tall
  • Condition:  Vintage - Used.  Excellent Condition.  Looks almost brand new. Please review all pictures and make sure you love this item before purchasing, we can't accept returns.  Please remember these are VINTAGE and ANTIQUE items, they are NOT new, every effort has been made to show scratches, wear and tear and imperfections. 
Corelle can race its history back to 1879.  Corning Glass Works started making Nonex, a thermally resistant “non-expansion glass,” for railroad signal lanterns and other industrial applications.  It was clear glass at first and once it was discovered that it was useful in the kitchen, (because of its durability and resistance to high temperatures, it didn't change the taste of food, and didn't retain smells), it was marketed for domestic use.  By 1915, Corning was selling Pyrex pie plates, casserole dishes, and bakeware, originally made from Borosilicate glass, to the housewives of America.  The opaque pieces didn't start until 1936 when Corning bought a glass factory in Charleroi, PA, which could produce colorful opal glass and had the same properties as the clear glass being made in NY. Corning Glass Works offered its first patterned  gift set in 1953 when the Heinz Baking Dish was sold in grocery stores. A large range of patterns were designed after the overwhelming success of the 1956 release of seasonal “decorator casseroles”. In 1958 Corning Glass Works introduced Vitrelle, a tempered glass product and produced more than 150 different patterns of bowls, casseroles, and refrigerator dishes, that is what we know today as Corning Ware.  The brand was later spun off with the sale of the Corning Consumer Products Company subsidiary (now known as Corelle Brands of Rosemont, Illinois). Corning no longer manufactures or markets consumer glass kitchenware and bakeware, now it's made by Corelle Brands.  Corelle was discontinued in 2000 but reintroduced in 2008 it's now manufactured by Keraglass/Eurokera (a subsidiary of Corning) in France.

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