Vintage Fire King Glassware
Vintage Fire King glassware is a brand of glassware manufactured by the American-based Anchor Hocking Company.
History & Description
Fire King glassware was first manufactured in the 1940s. Unlike Anchor’s previous glassware pattern, Royal Ruby, Fire King products were marketed as purely functional and utilitarian items and were sometimes given away at gas stations or sold as promotional items.
The line included a wide range of cookware including, vases, creamers, serving platters, plates, cups, casserole dishes, glass beverage containers, mugs and bowls.
Although there are a few decorative floral patterns, the majority of Fire King products come in solid-matte colours, such as turquoise, ivory, white and peach or primary colours like blue, orange, green and yellow.
Guide for collectors
In recent years, the brand’s products have become very popular collectors’ items, particularly the bowls or nesting bowls. The Anchor Hocking Company released a number of Fire King patterns from the 1940s through to the mid-1970s that have proven to be highly sought after by collectors, such as Blue Sapphire, Blue Mosaic, Primrose, Swirl, Three Bands, Forget Me Not, Fleurette and Anniversary Rose.
Perhaps the mot popular among collectors is Jadeite Restaurant Ware which was popularised by Martha Stewart in her TV show in the early-1980s.
Notable auction sales
On April 1st 2012, 12 Jadeite coffee mugs was sold on eBay for $915.
On December 11th 2011 at Burchard Galleries in St. Petersburg, Florida:
- A 71-piece group of Jadeite glass realised a price of $350.
- A 30-piece group of Jadeite glass realised a price of $275.
On January 22nd 2008 at O’Gallerie in Portland, Oregon, a 32-piece group of Blue Sapphire oven glass, circa 1941-1950, realised a price of $250.
On March 26th 2011 at Auctions Neapolitan in Naples, Florida, a 34-piece group of Blue Sapphire oven glass, circa 1941-1950, realised a price of $75.
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