Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Mysteries Of Corning Ware - Corning Holiday Design P-93-B

I have discovered another Corning Ware mystery.   I don't make it a habit of collecting the "Holiday Season" designs, except when the year is significant such as the year I was born (1969) or the year I graduated from High School (1987) or some such other year of significance in my life.  But when I saw what the model # was, and what the shape was, I had to have it.  For I have never seen this particular piece before, nor have I read any information about this piece in either of the "codecies" (AKA: books) used by we Corning Ware collectors. 

Behold... The 2 1/2 quart round (and handled) saucepan

 Otherwise known as the mysterious P-93-B.

Due to the nature of the design, I can confidently state that it was produced in 1965.  (Just call me Capt. Obvious?)  but other than that, I can tell nothing. 

I have searched the internet and found absolutely nothing.  I am not even sure that it originally came with this lid.  Then again, since the Buffet Servers were released in the previous year...  if Corning was "testing" a new shape, chances are they simply used a lid that was already in production.  (Corning was very good at not "reinventing" the wheel)

I have no idea if this was produced outside of the "Holiday" pattern or not.  So there may or may not be a Wheat or Cornflower piece as well.  Black Trefoil was discontinued in 1965 so I doubt there would be a piece in that particular pattern. (then again, stranger things have happened)

Your guess is as good as mine.  I have looked for P-94, P-92, P-91, P-90 (in case there were other sizes) but all to no avail.  

If anyone has any information regarding this particular model and whether it was produced in any other pattern or if it is simply a special piece for the holidays, I would appreciate it.

Where is your Corning Ware??


  1. I can't help you, but I like it! Did they ever make special editions for their employees during the holidays? You know...instead of a Christmas bonus. I think companies did that kind of thing back then. Just a thought.

  2. It's possible, this is the first time I have seen the 1965 pattern for the Holidays, so it's possible that this one was not released to the public and made only for the employees that year. I would be curious to know if there is another holiday pattern from that year floating around.

  3. I love your 1965 "Noel" saucepan. I've pinned your examples of holiday CW on my CW Pinterest board, hope you don't mind. I own the 1960 Seasons Greetings casserole. I'm hoping to find all years, if they made one for each year.

    It may just be personal choice but If you were to reccomend 3 patterns for collecting, which ones would you choose and why? Thanks for being my Corning Ware guru!

    1. I don't mind at all Mitzi. Thank you for pinning it.

      As far as recommending 3 patterns to collect, it will kind of depend on the purpose of your collection. if you are collecting for investment, I would recommend the gift lines of Platinum Filigree, Renaissance, and First Edition Floral Bouquet. I would throw Nature's Bounty into the mix instead of Floral Bouquet, but there seems to be some uneasiness about the yellow colored vegetables... People either love it or hate it so the return on investment is a little questionable. Regardless of how rare something is, if no one wants it, then its not really worth anythimg.

      For display purposes, I would again recommend Renaissance, but also the Golden Wheat or Green Wheat along with Black Trefoil... The last few are uncommom to rare enough to still give you a return on investment but also display nicely.

      For usage purposes I would recommend Blue Cornflower, Golden Wheat and Floral Bouquet 2nd and/or 3rs editions.. These are the patterns that have the most sizes and shapes available. Thus you will be assured that there is a dish out there to fit your needs.

    2. I have this same exact one except mine doesn't have a lid I have been looking for information on it to find out but I have not found any either best of luck and if you find anything keep me in mind

    3. I have this same exact one except mine doesn't have a lid I have been looking for information on it to find out but I have not found any either best of luck and if you find anything keep me in mind

  4. Thanks for your input Shane. So much to consider. I will probably never find the patterns you mentioned in your first paragraph since they are pretty rare. I'm really fond of all editions of Floral Bouquet. I will keep an eye out for both Wheat patterns but I don't know about Nature's Bounty, I find that pattern as well as Merry Mushroom pretty yucky. I've collected only Corn Flower Blue thus far and it just doesn't send me like in the beginning of my collecting, except the unusual peices and accessories.

    Have you posted an example of all of the patterns? Or do you know where I can find one? If you haven't already done so, I'm sure you would find it to be a fun and exilerating project! Ha! Thanks again for the input.

  5. The Christmas designs were made each year at Christmas from about 1962/63 to 1998. They were not for retail sale but were given to employees at the end of their last shift before Christmas. There were only 2000 pieces of each design ever made.This refers to any Corningware pieces as some were made in Corelle.

  6. Shane, I found a BCF 2 1/2 quart P-93-B without lid at an antique store near Lancaster PA. Do I have a one of a kind?

    1. Sadly, no. There aren't many of them, though. I know of at least 7 just from FB groups... One of the Buffet Server lids will fit.