Friday, August 7, 2015

Flower Power!! Take 2 - Floral Bouquet (2nd Edition) Begins to Go Mainstream

In 1969, Corning released the Floral Bouquet Limited Edition Gift line.

Due to it's popularity, Corning decided to continue producing the pattern in 1970, though in a slightly modified form.  This, to us collectors, has become known as 2nd edition Floral Bouquet...  Though at the time, it was still called "Floral Bouquet", just like the Limited Gift line had been.

The modifications were fairly simple... First, the special ceramic knob lids used on the Gift line were replaced with the standard clear glass Pyrex lids.  Secondly, the pattern was altered by using a solid yellow background instead of a linen looking texture and the flowers were accented with blue and avocado colors to make them stand out more. Thirdly, the line was expanded slightly by the addition of a 10 inch skillet and a 1 quart saucepan.

This version of Floral Bouquet would remain in production until mid 1971, when the 3rd edition of Floral Bouquet would be released.

P-12-ES and P-22-B Electromatic Skillet set with P-12-C lid

Note the flat ground bottom....

P-10-B skillet with P-10-C lid

P-2 1/2-B Saucepan with P-9-C lid

P-1 3/4-B Saucepan with P-7-C lid

P-1 1/2-B Saucepan with P-7-C lid

P-1-B Saucepan with P-7-C lid.

Though there is a percolator to match this set, it wasn't released until 1971.  The percolators for Floral Bouquet (2nd & 3rd editions) are exactly the same.  All 9/10 cup percolators have a significant amount of yellow in the background of the front medallion (for the pattern does not wrap around like Renaissance does).  These include the P-149 stove top and the P-80-EP & E-1210 Electromatics.



All the 6 cup percolators, however, have a small single patch of yellow between 2 of the flowers.  As far as I can tell, there were only two 6 cup models produced.  The P-146 Stove Top and the P-6-EP electromatic.

No matter when the percolator was produced (1971-1974) it is the size, not the edition, that determined the pattern.  For this reason, I usually leave them out of the "Editions" list... Aside from the Original Gift line P-119, they all look the same.

Where is your Corning Ware??

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Holy Grail Achieved - P-53 Self-Timing Saucepan Completed

After many years of searching, it has come to pass.   One of my Holy Grail pieces has been realized.  Granted, I have multiple "Holy Grail" pieces.  From the P-116 Fall/Autumn Leaves Percolator to the P-48 Sectional Platter, but this was the 1 piece that I seriously thought I would never get my hands on.   I have only seen 1 other piece over the years, which happens to be on Flickr.  In fact, that particular piece on Flickr is how I discovered the existence of said piece in the first place, about 5 years ago.   It has been a long slow process bringing everything together again piece by piece.

I'm speaking of the P-53 Self Timing Saucepan.  I obtained the heater base first, then found a flat ground "P-4" at the Good Will some 9 months later.   Now, I hold the final piece in my obsessive hands after a year of searching..... (and help from a friend

The completed Self Timing Saucepan...   Heater Base, Flat Ground dish (which would later be dubbed the P-4) and the "double boiler" insert with the lid.

Not having the original booklet or recipe box that accompanied the Self Timing Saucepan (more things to hunt down evidently), I have no idea if these pieces were originally packaged together, or if the double boiler insert was an add-on option. 

The bottom is the same piece that would become the P-4 in 1966, but for the Self-Timing Saucepan (1963) is was ground smooth and flat, like the Electromatic skillets (P-22 & A-22) and the Cookmates.  Also, like most of the Electromatic skillets, it has no model # printed or embossed upon it.

The insert is the biggest mystery in all this....

Unlike the bottom dish, it isn't flat ground, it is also significantly shallower than the bottom dish; only holding about 1 quart instead of 1 1/2 quarts.

The upper rim is wide, like that of the P-17 double boiler insert for the P-2 1/2-B.

I wish I could give more information than this but, like the base dish, it has no model number. This makes me believe that it was part of the whole set that was sold as the "P-53" with no individual part numbers.  Which, on some level, is odd, since the skillets ARE model numbered differently than the Heater Base Unit  (being P-22-B and A-22-B Skillets or P-85 Dutch Oven).  And while the numbers were not printed on these pieces, they were used for replacement orders.

Since these inserts seem to be so much more rare than the flat ground "P-4" pieces, I am beginning to wonder if maybe there was a "Regular" model (Heater Base and the "P-4" with lid) and a "Deluxe" model, that included the insert as well (P-53-D?).  Alas, I have never seen one in it's original box, nor have I seen any other literature on this piece other than the "Recipe Box" that accompanied the Self-Timing Saucepan. (Which can be viewed at Blue

Where is your Corning Ware??