Golden Wreath was released in late-1967 on the 1 ½ Oval Decorator Casserole (043). The yellow dish has a printed gold pattern of flowers, sprigs and leaves entwined artfully with a repeating infinity knot. The Casserole came with a cradle.
The 1968 dealer catalog listed Golden Wreath under the “Gifts” section along with Saxony, Blue Ivy, Golden Rose, the Americana Chip ‘n’ Dip Set and the 12 Cup Deluxe Carafe with Electric Warmer. Golden Wreath retailed for $3.95.
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 candle warmers 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 intended to be reflective of the specific pattern.