Unofficially known as Golden Bouquet this 1 ½ quart Oval Casserole (043) was released in 1965 and came with a clear lid and serving cradle. In 1967 a pattern with the official name of Golden Bouquet was released. It had a gold design on an ivory background and was not meant to match Golden Bouquet. While the 1965 Golden Bouquet was dark blue with a gold floral pattern of daises, vines and leaves, the 1967 pattern has a gold stylized floral pattern that looks more whimsical.
Corning Glass Works offered its first patterned opal ware gift set in 1953 when the Heinz Baking Dish was sold in grocery stores. Widespread distribution of promotional patterns occurred after the overwhelming success of the 1956 release of seasonal “decorator casseroles.” Using existing Pyrex shapes, gift sets featured new patterns offered for a limited production time. They often came with mounters, cradles, or candlewarmers and were advertised in the spring to appeal to Mother’s Day and summer wedding shoppers and in the fall to give the holiday gift-buyers something new. Corning continued to produce gift sets through 1983, creating nearly 135 different gift set patterns during that time. Corning intended these pieces to be sold for a limited time, and directed retailers to remove older, unsold promotions from the shelves.
Often, patterns used for these gift items were unnamed, or given names descriptive of the dish’s purpose, like “chip and dip set.” Collectors over the years have assigned names more reflective of the specific pattern.