Online Reference Guide

Welcome to the catalogue of images and information referencing patterns for International PYREX produced in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

This online version of my reference guide provides limited information on patterns produced in each of the regions mentioned. It specialises in decorated opal PYREX, produced from the mid-1950s through to the early-1990s.

Detailed information is covered in my new publication, out now!

Key features include:
– 490 page hardcover book
– full colour gloss photographs
– timeline of historical milestones
– complete backstamp illustrations
– original catalogues, leaflets and advertisements
– special features on packaging, branding and other ephemera

You can purchase the book here.

Scroll below to access the online reference guide!

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ENGLISH PYREX – who, what and where?

JAJ (short for James A Jobling) were the producers of PYREX tableware, casserole dishes and other bakeware in the United Kingdom from 1922 until the plant (in Sunderland, England) closed in 2007.

The production of opal PYREX commenced in the mid 1950s as canteen ware, later launching for the general public in 1957 with tableware patterns Coronet and Wild Bryony. Not long after the ‘Gaiety’ product line launched, including the ever-popular patterns Snowflake and Daisy.

These patterns became the start of a long line of opal PYREX that exploded across the 1960s, providing consumers with a vast range of designs unique to the English market.

Items were backstamped JAJ MADE IN ENGLAND until the mid-1970s, which is when Corning Glass Works, New York, purchased the company in full and items started production with the PYREX ENGLAND backstamp.

Opal PYREX produced in the United Kingdom was available until the early 1990s.


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AUSTRALIAN PYREX – 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 United Kingdom (in 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 (mid 1960s), CROWN PYREX (late 1960s), CROWN OVENWARE (early to mid 1970s), PYREX OVENWARE (mid to late 1970s) and PYREX AUSTRALIA (late 1970s to 1980).

Whilst producing their own range of clear and opal PYREX glassware, Crown Crystal Glass also distributed PYREX-branded goods from the United Kingdom and the United States.


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NEW ZEALAND PYREX – who, what and where?

Crown Crystal Glass opened a glass manufacturing facility in Christchurch, New Zealand in the suburb in Hornby. Production of PYREX glass commenced sometime in the early to mid 1960s, providing the New Zealand market a taste of locally produced PYREX ware.

Alongside the local production, PYREX was also imported for sale from the United Kingdom and Australia.


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