Thursday, May 14, 2015

Seein' Stars - Unknown Black Atomic Star Pattern??

It all started with a conversation on Facebook in one of the Corning Ware collector's groups...   Someone had found a 2 1/2 quart saucepan with an elongated black star pattern on it.   None of us actually knew what the name of it was, cause none of us have seen a boxed piece. Up to that point, the only piece I had ever seen was a chipped and cracked 4 quart P-34-B dutch oven on Etsy over a year ago.  I did not purchase it, nor did I archive a picture of it.  At the time, I assumed it was just a test pattern piece, and I don't really collect those.  Several names were thrown out from Black Star and Atomic Start to Hyper Space and Event Horizon.  I contacted CMOG via email, but have not heard anything back yet...  Honestly, I am still waiting on a reply to an email I sent 6 months ago regarding the Green Wheat/Harvest Wheat/Wheat Floral pattern.

But true to Corning Ware form, cause these things go in waves, a 1 3/4 quart size appeared on eBay less than a month later.  I promptly purchased that one, so I could get a good look at one of these pieces.  It proved to be unmarked on the bottom.  No P-series mark, no embossing.... Nothing.   Which makes even attempting to date it's production virtually impossible, other than "prior to 1972" because of the P-series sized handle lugs.  (top piece)

Sadly, I lost an auction on a 1 quart sized piece last Tuesday.  (Which is where this photo is from)

But as with most things, when one door closes, another opens.  I became the owner of a 2 1/2 quart size piece just this morning, thanks to a fellow Facebook user with whom I worked out a trade.  (Thank you Terence!!)

I figured I should have at least 2 pieces in my possession before I wrote a blog post about it. Not that I am going to be able to do a "Big Reveal" on the name or anything, but this post will provide at least SOME information out on the internet about this pattern.

I would be up to only 4 known pieces, if it had not been for the original conversation on Facebook... You see another member graciously posted a picture of a 1 quart Saucemaker she had seen a while back.  (Thank you Heather!!) 

So to date, even though none of us know the name of the pattern and CMOG has not been forthcoming via email, we know there is at least a 1 quart, 1 3/4 quart & 2 1/2 quart saucepans, a 4 quart Dutch Oven, a P-21 13 inch Roaster and a 1 quart Saucemaker.  There even seems to be a Percolator.

That seems like an awful lot of pieces (7) for it to have been simply a test pattern.  This leads me to believe it may have been one of the patterns made available to Corning Employees in the Employee shop... Like the Christmas/Holiday pieces.

Where is your Corning Ware??

Anybody out there have this pattern with a box??
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Update:   There is a similar pattern to this one, but with a more complicated star pattern.  It has a medallion in the center of the star...    This piece is a 1 1/2 quart size PH-1 1/2-B.

It's the same type of "black", being sort of a dark gunmetal grey color with a slight sheen to it.

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13 comments:

  1. Hi! My grandfather was a Lincoln/Ford dealer in the late 50's and early 60's. My grandmother had a set of these (casseroles only). My mom seems to think they were given out to employees of the Ford Motor Company, or possibly as "thank you" gifts to customers who bought Lincoln Continentals. Hence the starburst that looks like a sideways Lincoln starburst logo. Can't confirm, and my grandmother's set went bye bye in a yard sale back in the 80's.
    For what it's worth!
    Leonard

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  2. i just found two of these today! no lids of course, but they are both 1 3/4 quart. i can see how the last commenter believes they were given to Lincoln employees. the "atomic star" is stunning. :)

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  3. To add to Lisa's comment, since one of the stars she found today is coming to live with me. The marking on the bottom is P-1 3/4-B and only has the made in USA under it. No reference to stovetop or broiler. If that helps you date the pieces any better?

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    1. That helps place it before 1969...

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    2. I found a stove top percolator today in this pattern which I had not seen before. The pieces here are the only I've ever seen. If someone can tell me how to post a photo here I will.

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    3. You can email photos to "corningware411@gmail.com"

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  4. So my piece came in the mail today and the star is actually a metallic gunmetal/silver color, not black. It reflects in the light. It also seems to have just slightly thicker lines on the shorter rays of the starburst versus the photos you have posted. It could just be my eyes. So just wondering, are the stars on your pieces flat black or metallic?

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  5. add another piece to the known out there... I own the roaster to this pattern. It's the same star as used in the yellow starburst in pyrex

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    1. only the star is in a metallic flat grey

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    2. I was noticing that about the 1 3/4 quart... It's not really a "black", more of a dark gunmetal grey with a hint of a shine to it.. almost metallic, but not as shiny as the Platinum Filigree pieces or the Platinum Starburst percolator. Is yours P-21 Open Roaster or the P-76 Open Roaster?

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    3. I am not sure what number it is, nothing on bottom

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  6. outside rim to rim 15 1/2 x 10, inside is 13 x 8 3/4

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  7. I found a starburst casserole dish today. On the bottom: 1 3/4 QT. P-1-3/4-B Made in U.S.A.
    Just under the "B" is a period mark like that found after T,U,S and A. This dish shows wear; It will be on Ebay soon.

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