Saxony was released in late-1967 on the 2 ½ quart Cinderella Casserole (475). The light blue dish has a printed dark blue pattern of repeating square tree motifs. The Casserole came with a cradle and candle warmer. Saxony is unofficially known as “Tree of Life.”
The 1968 dealer catalog listed Saxony under the “Gifts” section along with Golden Wreath, Blue Ivy, Golden Rose, the Americana Chip ‘n’ Dip Set and the 12 Cup Deluxe Carafe with Electric Warmer. Saxony retailed for $6.95.
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 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.