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Welcome to your catalogue of images and information referencing patterns for Pyrex produced across Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.
This reference site specialises in decorated opal Pyrex, produced from around the mid-1950s through to the early-1990s.
We’ve captured as many designs, variations and models as we can – however if you see something we’re missing that you can assist with, please let us know!
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JAJ Pyrex and Pyrex England // United Kingdom – who, what and where?
JAJ (short for James A Jobling) were the producers of Pyrex tableware, casseroles and other bakeware in England from 1922 until the plant (in Sunderland, UK) closed in 2007.
Items were backstamped JAJ until the mid-1970s, which is when Corning purchased the company in full and items started production with the Pyrex England backstamp.
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Agee Crown Pyrex // Australia – who, what and where?
Crown Crystal Glass (owned by parent company ACI Glass) were the producers of Pyrex in Australia from 1926. Up until 1961, all Pyrex glassware produced in Australia was clear.
After importing opal Pyrex from the UK (since 1959), Crown Crystal Glass started production of their own opal Pyrex. In 1961 the ‘Festive Ware’ product line launched, which included collector favourites such as Flannel Flowers, Black Rose and Golden Pine.
Through the years Crown Crystal Glass has gone through a variety of company name changes, resulting in many pieces of Australian Pyrex labelled with various backstamps and some, with nothing at all. A rough timeline of company names and dates are Agee Pyrex (until 1969-70), Crown Agee Pyrex (late 1960s), Crown Pyrex (early 1970s), Crown Ovenware (early to mid 1970s), Pyrex Ovenware (mid to late 1970s) and Pyrex Australia (late 1970s to early 1980s).
Whilst producing their own range of clear and opal Pyrex glassware, Crown Crystal Glass also distributed goods from JAJ Pyrex in England and Pyrex in the USA.
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Agee Crown Pyrex // New Zealand production?
We’ve also been led to believe that Agee Crown Pyrex distributed a variety of patterns via distributors in their neighbouring country, New Zealand. Various dishes in a range of sizes (and with various backstamps too!) have surfaced in New Zealand, featuring distinctively different colours, patterns and designs.
Update 22 July 2015: we have since discovered that Crown Crystal Glass provided the Agee/Crown Pyrex moulds from Australia to be used in a New Zealand factory for their local production of Pyrex pieces. Exciting news!
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