Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The 411 on the C-311 - Centura & Pyrocream Tableware Mugs

I don't talk about Centura and Pyroceram Tableware as much as I probably should.  It IS, after all, a form of Pyroceram, just like Corning Ware.  But I usually hang with the Cook n' Serve items that were made of the actual Corning Ware formula, instead of the Centura Pyroceram items that are not safe for microwave use.  I think this has something to do with the Ion Exchange strengthening process that Centura goes through.

Be that as it may, today I would like to ramble along on the subject of the 10/11oz mug model number C-311-some number (depending on the pattern or color).  They were listed as both sizes in marketing materials, depending on whether it was the 60s or the 70s and were manufactured between 1964 and, at least, 1980 maybe slightly longer.

They were available in white, of course,

but also in Avocado Green, Gold, Yellow and Brown.

(The same colors as were used for the Coordinates - Alas, no blue)

 Corning Ware patterns jumped over to these mugs as well (Sorry, No Blue Cornflower).

Spice o' Life,

Country Festival,

and Wildflower

Then there is the Centura pattern known as "Game Birds".  It is unclear if all of the birds were available on the mugs or not.  The only one I currently own is the Ruffed Grouse.

There is also the set of 4 flying game birds, that are unrelated to the Centura Dinnerware pattern.  These particular prints seem to have been extremely popular with several companies over the years and the same patterns will crop up on miscellaneous items like Teapots, Tea cups, Plates and bowls all made by different manufacturers out of different materials.

The set consists of the Flying Ring-Necked Pheasants and Flying Mallard Ducks...

as well as the Flying Canada Geese... (which I don't have, but I have a sidekick with the pattern as well as a Hall Teapot)

and Flying Quail (Which I also don't own, but I have a Crown Staffordshire Enligh Bone China Teacup in the same pattern)

Not related to the above set, is the bird dog retrieving a mallard mug... I am not sure if there are more bird dog mugs or not.

Completely unrelated to any game birds or dogs is the set of 4 Golfer mugs.

Then there is the mug from the children's Goldilocks & the 3 Bears set. (there is also a standard cup as well as the C-311)

There are also a bunch of miscellaneous promotional prints as well.  Though how many there are, is unknown at this time, but here are just a couple of the designs.

Where is your Corning Ware??


  1. Centura Goldilocks pattern uses this mug style as well.

    1. Oh yeah!! I totally forgot about the kid's set. Than you for reminding me... Edit time!

  2. I have an 8 piece dining set of the Centura with the silver ring around the outside, im trying to find what its worth so i can sell it but you dont have that pattern listed. Am I looking in the wrong places?

    1. All I can tell you is that it's "Platinum Rim". Corning Ware 411 does not really cover Centura aside from the Cook ' Serve which is actually Corning Ware with Centura patterns on it. Most Centura patterns did not have any Corning Ware serving pieces.. Floral, Springhill, Bourdeax, Bolero, Athena, Continental, Gold Band, Platinum and Gold rim were all expected to coordinate with plain white Corning Ware pieces. As far as value.. checking eBay sold listings is your best bet. There are no value prices in this site. Pricing for Corning Ware and Centura items is extremely subjective due to inadequacies in distribution through the country. What's common in one place is rare in another. It makes setting values difficult.

  3. I have enjoyed your blog immensely. But I have to add that World Kitchen really seems to have fallen down on the job. Their stoneware is lousy compared to the English stoneware plates that I have. They have no firing ring are smooth all over. the plates can be soaked in a sink of water and put in the microwave without danger of shattering. They couldn't even do the stoneware right.

  4. hi, so, were there any mugs or cups that were technically oven-safe? (i just discovered your blog, it's amazing!)

    1. I have centura coffee cups that say bakeware no microwave on them.

    2. Poops. Sorry. No pricing on this site.

  5. Do you know the selling price for spice of life centura 10 oz coffee mugs? I have 11.

  6. I have a round casserole that I've been unable to find an image of the pattern. It's marked "Pyroceram 1148 1.25. And the number 13 under that. Made in USA is in one of the handles. The majority of the piece is white with a blue flower Green Leaf red flower Green Leaf blue flower at the top of the piece - top edge. Is there a site for me to send an image to someone and get help with this identification? Thanks.


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