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Fire-King Mixing Bowls
Turquoise Blue Swedish Modern Bowl Set
Ivory Glassware
Jade-ite Ball Jug
Examples of Jade-ite and Rainbow

Fire-King is an Anchor Hocking brand of glassware similar to Pyrex and made of low expansion borosilicate glass and is ideal for oven use.

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History

Fire-King was originally produced in the 1940s for everyday use, rather than display. It was often sold in bags of flour as a promotional item or was given away at gas stations. Fire-King could also be purchased at local grocery and hardware stores.

Today, Fire-King is an affordable collectible found in antique stores, garage sales, flea markets, and thrift stores, as well as on the Internet.

Products

The Fire-King line includes bowls, casseroles, cups, plates, serving platters, creamers, vases and more. Fire-King is not designed for dishwasher use, which can dull its original lustre and remove any applied paint decorations.

Patterns and colors

There are many decaled patterns that are very popular including Blue Mosaic, Wheat, Primrose, Fleurette, Forget Me Not and Anniversary Rose. Patterns with solid glass colors are Swirl, Sheaves of Wheat, Shell, Jane Ray, Alice, Fish Scale, Three Bands Restaurant Ware, 4000 Line and 1700 Line.

Jade-ite Restaurant Ware is most popular among some collectors. It is a creamy jade color. Martha Stewart popularized this pattern by using it on her TV show. Fire-King solid glass colors come in rose-ite (creamy pink), turquoise blue, azur-ite (light pale blue), white, and ivory. It can also be a fired-on coating over crystal in shades of pastel green, pastel blue, pastel peach, pastel yellow, primary orange, primary blue, primary yellow and primary green. These fired on colors are part of the pattern Rainbow. Rainbow is not technically Fire-King, but included in the same category with most collector books. There is also a fired on Peach Lustre color that comes in several patterns.

Further reading

  • Clements, Monica Lynn, and Patricia Rosser Clements. An Unauthorized Guide to Fire-King Glasswares. A Schiffer book for collectors. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Pub. Ltd, 1999. ISBN 0764308394
  • Florence, Gene. Anchor Hocking's Fire-King & More Identification & Value Guide, Including Early American Prescut and Wexford. Paducah, Ky: Collector Books, 2000. ISBN 1574321641
  • Hopper, Philip. Anchor Hocking Decorated Pitcher[S] and Glasses The Fire King Years. A Schiffer book for collectors. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Pub, 2002. ISBN 0764314882
  • Keller, Joe, and David Ross. Fire-King An Information and Price Guide. A Schiffer book for collectors. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Pub, 2002. ISBN 0764316419
  • Kilgo, Garry. A Collector's Guide to Anchor Hocking's "Fire-King" Glassware. Addison, Ala. (P.O. Box 473, Addison 35540): K & W Collectibles, 1991.
  • Tvorak, April M., and Matthew R. Terry. History and Price Guide to Fire-King. Canon City, Co: VAL Enterprises, 1992.







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