Golden Grapes

1960 to 1961
Golden Grapes is the unofficial name of this pattern.
Golden Grapes is one of the few patterns printed on delphite blue rather than the usual white opal ware.

 “Just add your love and Christmas greetings! Pyrex Ware gifts are welcomed by everyone who cooks or entertains, are cheerful reminders of your thoughtfulness.” Known by its unofficial name, Golden Grapes, the new Chip and Dip Set was introduced on this 1960 advertisement featuring the season’s newest promotional items.

Released on the four-quart Cinderella Bowl (444) and the 1 ½ pint Cinderella Bowl, Golden Grapes has an opaque delphite blue interior. The set comes with a metal bracket that holds the smaller bowl and attaches to the side of the larger bowl. In 1960 the set retailed for $4.95.

The pattern features a white bowl with a motif of golden grapes, vines and leaves as well as the delphite blue interior.

Corning Glass Works offered its first patterned opalware 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.