Green Wheat

Green Wheat is the unofficial name of this pattern.

“A new Pyrex beauty in rich green with gold accents to delight the modern cook,” stated a 1960 advertisement. This pattern is commonly known by its unofficial name, “Green Wheat.” The design was released on a two-quart Square Space Saver (575), which included a cradle and clear lid.

The dish is blue/green in color and features a design of waving gold wheat directly in the center of the side of the dish.

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.