“Deluxe fashion’s new look!” At $9.95 the Deluxe Cinderella Casserole came with a serving cradle with dual candle-warmer. The gold pattern of leaves encased in a circle alternating with a square flower motif is printed on the white 2 ½ quart (045) Oval Casserole.
Unofficially known as “Hex Signs,” this pattern is also printed on a tan 404 bowl that comes with the clear lid normally associated with the 026 casserole dish. Also in existence are the 473 and 475 Cinderella Casseroles with the Hex Signs design in gold on white as well as a turquoise Hex Signs design on a white 475 Cinderella Casserole. The 475 Casseroles were paired with a clear patterned lids in gold and turquoise to match their respective design color.
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.