Sunday, April 20, 2014

Flying in Under the Radar - My P-Series Cornflower Collection (Part 1)

I decided that if I was going to "show-off" my P-series Cornflower collection, I had best do it in parts... cause there is a WHOLE lot of it....

So, let's begin from the end....

After the "P-Series" had been replaced by the A-series in 1972, there were still a few pieces here and there that leaked through with "P" designations...

1979 saw the release of the P-89-B (2 1/2 cup Saucepan with a pour spout)

(sold with the 6 1/2 inch skillet "P-83-B" as a "Duet Set", though the P-83 had been around since 1966 and was originally part of the Menu-ette set)

Gourmet Skillets with "permanently attached" handles (there is a screw and they can be disassembled for cleaning)

Though the first Gourmet Skillet (P-910-B) was released in 1970, the 8 1/2 inch version (P-908-B) didn't make an appearance until 1972, the very year the A-series replaced the P-series.

Both the P-910-B and the P-908-B were discontinued that same year. (thus the P-908 is a little hard to come by)

These skillets were available with or without the lids, P-910-C and P-908-C.  The P-910 was available in Cornflower, "Chelsea Blue", "Avocado Green" or plain White, however,  when the P-908 was released, it was only available in Cornflower and plain White. 

There was one other piece supposedly released in 1972...... The P-332 Oblong Baker (2 3/4 quart).  I am not completely convinced about this date.  I have seen the "Wheat" pattern in this piece and as far as I know, Wheat was discontinued by 1970, because the pieces are not marked "for Microwave".

This piece would eventually be replaced by the A-18-B, but that didn't happen until around 1977 (about the same time the A-21 & A-76 Roasters finally replaced the P-21 & P-76 Roasters). 

Mind you, this is only the Cook and Bakeware..  The Percolators, Drip Coffee Makers and Beverage Servers are another story all together.

Where is your Corning Ware??
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2 comments:

  1. I've been making a lot of soups lately in my 5 qt. It works for me a lot better than using a crockpot. I can do it in less time, at the same time being able to adjust the heat, lift the lid, taste test and throw in an extra ingredient. I am really happy you turned me on to the stove top ability of Corning ware.
    M.J.

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  2. You wouldn't even want to see my CW collection. I easily have close to 100 pieces, don't ask me why :) I find that as you use them more and more, the shiny interior can become a bit dull (admittedly this takes quite a while if you treat the pieces well) and when this happens they are more susceptible to staining. Whatever I have to tell myself to buy nearly any half-decent piece of CW I see!

    Certain pieces you just have to pick up if the price is right and they are in good shape. Who cares if you already have 2, or 3? :)

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