Wednesday, October 8, 2014

J C Penney Exclusive Design, by Corning - My JCP-Series Collection

I know very little about this pattern, except what I have read off the bottoms of the dishes themselves.  This slightly Scandinavian looking pattern may have an official name like "Needlepoint", "Candlewicking" or "Embroidery".  Your guess is as good as mine.  I usually just refer to it as the "J C Penney" pattern.  The design appears to be printed in what I would call Khaki green (somewhere between avocado green and taupe....  closer to the color of army fatigues than anything else)

Like the "Wheat" pattern, the J C Penney pattern has it's own model designation "JCP", even though it has P-series handle lugs.  Also of note, and what makes the model numbers slightly different from the norm, is that the ending hyphen is missing.   Thus, what would normally be a P-1-B or a W-1-B (in the case of the Wheat pattern), a 1 quart saucepan in the JC Penney pattern is marked as a JCP-1B with no hyphen. 

The only pieces I am currently aware of are the 1 quart (JCP-1B), the 1 1/2 quart (JCP-1 1/2B) and the 22oz Petite dish (JCP-43B)

As you can see from the bottoms, this was a pattern made exclusively for the JC Penney stores sometime before 1972, when the handle lugs were enlarged.  Since it has the proverbial "For Range & Microwave" printed on the bottom, my guess is that it began production in 1970.  It is unclear if these pieces actually graced the store shelves, or if they were only available through the Catalog.


Where is your Corning Ware??
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1 comment:

  1. I own the two casserole ones. They belonged to my Aunt, now deceased. They were a gift to her, I think from my sister who worked for JCPenney for a while. I'll have to ask her if she bought them in the store or from the catalog. She did not want them when they were passed to me when I was helping stock my son's apartment at the time. They are currently in storage while we are living away in NC for our son's pending double lung transplant. I think I have a photo of her opening the package on Christmas and holding up one of the dishes to show everyone what she got. Memories! Love old CW too! My pattern in Blue Cornflower and I have about 25 pieces. Love your blog!

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