Friday, January 12, 2018

Mysteries of Corning Ware - Bistro/Cafe Pattern on P-43

I don't really have a whole lot to say about this mysterious pattern.  It seems to only have been available on the P-43-B and no other pieces.  The official name has not been verified, but "Bistro" and "Cafe" are a couple of the names that people often use when referring to it.  I have even seen it called "French Coffee Shop". 

One thing to note, however, is the flat topped lugs. 

This dates the piece to after 1996, which was the point when Corning Glass Works flattened the lugs of the P-43, as is evident for later patterns like Lyrics, Fruit Basket, Fresh Cut, Friendship and Oceanview.

Where is your Corning Ware??
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6 comments:

  1. Hello, Your information is amazing btw. This is the 2nd time I have come across your page whilst researching pattern info- the last time I was tracking down a percolator. This time I have a Corning white round pot with handle and glass lid and I just cant see the pattern on your page at all.(leaves and blueberries) Are you able to offer any advice on anywhere else I could try?

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    1. That sounds like you are talking about what is referred to in the United States as a "Dimensions" shaped piece. The pattern is actually a newer European one (which is why it's not on my blog). I believe it is called "Autumn Berries"

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  2. I absolutely love this blog. I, too, am a Corningware addict. just got back from the thrift store with a P-322. Needs cleaning but I have found that BiOKleen dishwasher detergent works quite well on most messes. Now if I could find a cake pan!

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    1. Hello - Just found the P-321 cake pan today at GW for $1.49 - $1.99 less senior discount. Kinda dirty but cleaned up beautifully! I had never seen one, so looked up solds on eBay and WOW. Why are they so rare? Seems like cake pans would be a normal item to make and offer.

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  3. Thought I would add a little story for you. I have been baking frozen fish in a 475 degree oven in an aluminum pie plate. It wore out and I threw it away. So I thought, if a Corning pie plate can be put in a 425 degree oven with a frozen pie crust, which I do often, it ought to be able to handle 475. So I tried the fish in it and it cooked just lovely and the Corning pie plate was actually easier to clean than the throw away aluminum. Just a little soap and water and 5 minutes soaking. And I have been making soup from scratch on my stovetop in a Corning 4 or 5 quart for a few years now. I used an electric skillet for many years but am switching to Corning for my cooking because that silly pan isn't working well any more. Thanks for the information.

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  4. My Corning Pattern is similar to Floral Gardens but the inner petals are a mustard yellow and outside petals and leaves are white. No blue. Can you help with pattern name?

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