By the time the new Bake ‘N’ Carry was released in 1980 as part of the Hospitality Collection consumer interest in opal Pyrex ware had decreased. As of 1980 fewer opalware products were being produced. Bake ‘N’ Carries were released in several patterns, the first of which is unofficially known as “Trailing Flowers.”
Trailing Flowers was released on the 1 ½ and 2 ½ Round Casserole (474, 475). The 474 casserole was red with a pattern of cream flowers and vines. The 475 casserole was beige with the same pattern in red. Both casseroles came with a quilted snap-on cozy, meant to make carrying a hot dish easier.
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.