Collectible Anchor Hocking Fire King Glass
Fire King glass is a pressed oven glass similar to Pyrex.
Manufactured from the early s to the s by the Anchor Hocking company, this affordable collectible glassware can be found at thrift shops, flea markets, and yard sales at very reasonable prices.
An eBay search for Fire King Glass will produce thousands of results for this popular glassware.
Fire King dinnerware, bakeware, and other dishware was often given as a premium in bags of flour or given away at gas stations. It could be purchased at grocery stores, dime stores and hardware stores.
Attractive, durable, and inexpensive, Fire King glass was intended to be multi-functional.
- Covered casserole dishes could be used to bake and serve, and then store the leftovers in the refrigerator.
- Loaf pans and utility trays were often sold without mentioning a particular use for the item.
- Anchor Hocking also produced baby bottles, cosmetic containers, ash trays and souvenir items from Fire King glass.
This collectible glassware comes in many colors and patterns. Some lines are solid glass in opaque colors: white, ivory, turquoise, creamy pink (rose-ite), light green (jade-ite) and pale blue (azure-ite).
Other Fire King glass lines have fired-on coatings over crystal, in pastel shades of blue, green, peach, or yellow, or bright yellow, blue, orange, or green.
White glass lines were often decorated with decals in natural, floral, or geometric patterns. Some of the most popular decal patterns include Primrose, Anniversary Rose, Wheat, Blue Mosaic, and Forget-Me-Not.
Philbe and Jade-ite became the signature patterns of Anchor Hocking Fire King Glass.
- Philbe has a raised pattern and was manufactured between and At first it was produced in clear glass, then later as Sapphire Blue and in jadite and ivory colors.
- Jadite is a generic term for the jade-colored glass produced by many manufacturers of the era. The light green color often varied since it was made from used beverage bottles and slag (junk) glass from other workstations.
- Fire-King called their version “Jade-ite” and also produced a thicker line of dinnerware that would hold up to the rigors of restaurant use.
- Jade-it Fire King glass was their most popular line, selling over 25 million pieces in the first six years of production.
Many baby boomers will recall their grandmothers’ Peach Lustre dinnerware. This pattern is also one of the most well-known and widely collected of Anchor Hocking’s Fire King glass products. Peach Lustre is an iridescent peach color with a mirror-like finish and was applied to different styles of Fire-King dinnerware.
Most Fire King glass lines are embossed on the bottom.
The mark may read Fire-King in block letters or in script, or may include an anchor logo.
The marks changed over time, and later pieces were not marked but had a removable sticker, which usually were removed by the purchaser.
As fire king glass molds wore out and were replaced, the embossing was often not added to the new mold.
Some older molds would still be in use as the new ones were put into production. The result was that authentic Fire King pieces made at the same point in time may or may not be embossed. This doesnt mean they arent true Fire King glass or that their value is any less.
Jade-ite is the most prized with Fire King glass collectors, which has led to the market being flooded with reproductions and “fantasy” dishware from Asia.
A reproduction is a copy of the original, and a fantasy piece is one that was never in the line of the original manufacturer, but is designed to look like something they might have produced.
Unscrupulous dealers may imply that these reproductions or fantasy pieces are vintage or antique. Modern Chinese restaurant ware in jadite is often marked with a clear decal that reads At Home International MADE IN CHINA and include a bar code. These stickers are easily removed.
In , a re-issue of Jadeite restaurant ware was attempted, but halted indefinitely due to quality issues. These pieces were manufactured in Brazil, and some have found their way into speciality shops. They are stamped with the date and have a foil label.
It can be difficult for novice collectors to tell the difference between a true piece of Fire King glass and a reproduction.
As a new Fire King glass collector make sure you …
- Get to know the background and reputation of collectible glass dealers you are considering buying from.
- Check the feedback ratings of sellers before buying Fire King glass from online auctions.
- Knowledgeable collectors who have been ripped off will say so.
- Once you start collecting Fire-King glass, the basic styles will become easy to spot.
Do some research before beginning your collection. There are so many different beautiful patterns and colors that you may be a bit overwhelmed at first!
Some collectors will add miscellaneous pieces to their collection, while others will try to collect enough of a favorite pattern to create full place settings for their table.
You will be surprised how easy it is to find Fire-King glass at rummage sales, thrift shops, flea markets, and estate auctions, often for a mere pittance. There may be some in grandma’s attic, or still in her china cabinet.
You can fill out your collection through online auctions sites if you need to.
Fire-King glass was meant to be used on a daily basis, so naturally some pieces will show signs of wear.
If you are buying with the intention to resell for a profit :
- Look the piece over very carefully.
- Run your finger around the edges of the piece to check for chips.
- Hold it up to the light to make cracks more apparent.
Avoid dishware that shows excessive scratches from eating utensils. The finish should be shiny and decals intact.
Some pieces may have defects that were produced during manufacturing, but if the piece is in excellent condition otherwise, these small defects can be overlooked.
If you are buying for sentimental reasons, or just because you love the dishware and want to add it to your own collection and use it yourself, you may decide to overlook some wear from previous use, but be sure you …
- Take care of your Fire King glass by washing it by hand.
- Using an automatic dishwasher will remove a minute layer of glass with each cycle, giving the glassware a dull, permanently etched finish (sick glass) and will eventually remove the Anchor Hocking decals.
- Remember Fire King glass was never meant to be used on top of the stove.
And finally; although Fire King glass is made of oven-proof glass, there were no microwaves in existence when it was first manufactured and it is not recommended for microwave use.
FAQs for Fire-King Collectors
1. How do I tell the old Fire-King from the new Fire-King? If my jadeite is marked Fire-King, but not Anchor Hocking is this still dated 40s?
Most Fire-King pieces were marked, but some were not marked. Marks were changed over time.
During these transitions more than one mark would be used.
The following is a list of trademarks:
|FIRE-KING (Block Lettering)|
|OVEN FIRE-KING GLASS||mid s early s|
|OVEN FIRE-KING WARE (Block or script Lettering)||mid to late s|
|OVEN Fire-King WARE MADE IN U.S.A. (Fire-King is written in script lettering)|
|ANCHOR HOCKING OVEN Fire-King WARE MADE IN U.S.A. (Fire-King is written in script lettering)||late s|
|ANCHOR HOCKING OVEN Fire-King DINNERWARE MADE IN U.S.A. (Fire-King is written in script lettering)||late s- early s|
|ANCHOR HOCKING OVEN Fire-King OVEN-PROOF MADE IN U.S.A. (Fire-King is written in script lettering)||mid late s|
|ANCHOR HOCKING OVEN Fire-King Suburbia OVEN-PROOF MADE IN U.S.A. (Fire-King is written in script lettering)||late s|
Some pieces are marked only with an anchor and / or the words HEAT PROOF or OVEN PROOF . The style of anchor logo may help establish the manufacture period.
2. My Fire-King pieces arent marked. Are they fake?
No*. Any long-running highly produced pattern will go through a number of different moulds. Moulds acquire cumulative layers of glass with each use until they are finally rendered useless and new moulds have to be made. At that time, any new management decisions about how the new pieces ought to be marked will be implemented. Not all moulds with a particular mark will wear out at the same time, so for brief periods, two or more kinds will be used at once. One solution to this confusion was to stop mould marks altogether and switch to foil labels which were eventually removed by consumers. So we now find unmarked Fire-King that is no less valuable or collectible than pieces with any of several imprinted marks.
*The only exception is a very poor-quality creamer and sugar set made to resemble the ribbed Jane Ray pattern. The fakes are very thick, with a rough, grainy texture and do not include a sugar lid.
3. Is Anchorglass the same as Anchor Hocking Fire-King and what does Heat Proof mean?
Anchorglass is a trademark used by Anchor-Hocking. It means, literally, made by Anchor-Hocking. Nothing more.
Fire-King, also an Anchor-Hocking trademark, refers to items made with low-expansion borosilicate glass. Fire-King call this glass heat proof. All heat proof Anchor-Hocking glassware is Fire-King marked or not*. Heat proof glass is intended for use in the oven. NOT on top of the stove.
*Some Fire-King is marked only as Heat Proof. Some is not marked at all. (Most unmarked Fire-King had only foil labels, which were easily removed). Some items are marked only with foil labels that say Heat Proof Anchorglass. They are Fire-King.
4. Is it safe to put Fire-King in the dishwasher – or even a microwave?
Microwave: Yes; Dishwasher: No.
We have been using Fire-King in our microwave for years without a problem. However, since Fire-King glass was developed well before microwave ovens were available for domestic use, none of the earlier pieces are marked Microwave Safe. Some Anchor-Hocking patterns not marketed as Fire-King are indeed made of the same heat proof borosilicate low expansion glass. One example is blue Bubble. We nuke our leftovers in blue Bubble flat soup bowls. Other non-Fire-King Anchor-Hocking patterns, such as Charm, ARE NOT heat proof. Be sure to avoid using gold-trimmed pieces in a microwave as well.
WE DO NOT recommend that you wash Fire-King dishes in a dishwasher. Theyll come clean all right, but over time, the original lustre will be replaced with a dishwasher haze an actual removal of a thin layer of glass that removes its value as well. In your shopping for old Fire-King, youll run across pieces that look like theyve been sandblasted. Those were washed in a dishwasher.
NEVER wash Peach Lustre or hand painted Gay Fad pieces in a dishwasher.
5. I recently aquired some Jadite cups and saucers. They are in excellent condition except for a white film here and there on the cups. What is this and is there a way to clean them so it will come off?
White discloration can be two kinds of things: a deposit on the glass or actual removal of material from it.
Layers are added by such things as hard water minerals that can be removed with a solvent such as Lime Away or a mild abrasive, such as Soft Scrub or even with fine Brillo pads.
Layers of glass are removed by dishwashers and/or by prolonged exposure to acidic water. The latter is common with vases that hold water for a long time without being cleaned. Either condition is referred to as sick glass. I know of no way to correct it.
6. Is the jadeite saucer with Jane Ray Pattern on back Fire-King or an imposter?
The rayed bottomed saucers are an interesting Jane Ray variation. Theyre a little thicker. Some also have the anchor logo in the very center. Others are actually marked Fire-King. MOST are not marked at all.
7. Does the glass or the peach lustre finish contains lead? Id like to find out before I let my small children eat from them.
All Anchor-Hocking products are lead free. That includes Fire-King.
8. What is the difference between a Breakfast Bowl and a Chili Bowl?
Shown at the left (from Left to Right) are the highly prized Breakfast bowl and, to its right, the commonly found Chili bowl. Chili bowls are found in every Hocking color. Breakfast bowls are sometimes found decorated with red or green ivy trim. Market price for a decorated breakfast bowl is roughly twice that of a non-decorated one and up to ten times the price of a chili bowl!
9. There are so many different mugs. Which is which?
ABOVE (L to R): Chocolate, Small Restaurant, Extra Heavy.
ABOVE (L to R): Standard and Extra Heavy
The most commonly found mug is the square-handled Standard coffee mug, which stands 3 1/2 (88mm) high; has a diameter of 3 5/16 (84mm) and holds a full 9 ounces. This mug is found in a variety of different colors and decorations. Standard mugs with flat bottoms are sometimes referred to as Shaving Mugs.
The popular Extra-Heavy or Restaurant Ware mug also stands 3 1/2 (88mm) high and has a diameter of of 3 5/16 (84mm), but due to its extra-thick walls has a capacity of only 7 1/2 ounces. It is priced at about twice the level of the standard mug.
There is a mug that falls midway between the Extra-Heavy Restaurant Ware mug and the smallest, Slim Chocolate Mug: This is the Small Restaurant Mug, which stands 3 3/8 (86mm) high, has a diameter of 3 3/16 (81mm), and holds 7 ounces. This mug is often mis-identified (and priced) as a Chocolate or Extra Heavy mug.
The most elusive mug is the Slim Chocolate whch stands 3 3/8 (86mm) high, has a diameter of 3 1/8 (79mm), and holds 7 ounces. Chocolate mugs are priced at about three times the price of the Standard Mug.
|Standard (square-handled)||88 mm||84 mm||oz.|
|Extra-Heavy Restaurant||88 mm||84 mm||oz.|
|Small Restaurant||86 mm||81 mm||oz.|
|Slim Chocolate||86 mm||79 mm||oz.|
Are jadite and Restaurant Ware the same thing?
No. Jadite is a generic term for jade green opaque glass and is used to describe similar lines from a number of different companies, including Anchor-Hockings Fire-King. More specifically, Hocking called their opaque green glass Jade-ite. Restaurant Ware is a particular line of Fire-King that includes only the items shown in this ad (Photo), which were produced in white as well as in jade-ite.
What other companies made Jadite?
Jade green milk glass, or jadite has been made since the beginning of the twentieth century, but the word itself was coined by the Jeannette Glass Company in the s. McKee Glass, a contemporary of Jeannette, called their opaque green Skokie Green. The Fenton, and New Martinsville companies made a similar color they called Jade Green. Akro Agates version was Apple Green.
A full decade later, Anchor-Hockings heat proof jade green was named Jade-ite.
To simplify things, todays collectors and dealers use the collective generic term Jadite.
Why is some jade-ite light while some is dark?
The darkness of a jade-ite item is a result of the amount of impurities it contains. Most of this is scrap cullet, or junk glass scraps that were simply disposed of into a vat of jade-ite glass slag. The cullet included not only scraps from work areas, but beverage bottles from the plant floor as well. Glass factories were hot.
I have a pie plate with the Fire-King logo written backwards. Is this unusual or rare?
Unusual? A little. Rare? Definitely not. Some logos were intended to be read looking down, through the glass. When such a mold was used with an opaque slag, such as white, ivory or jade-ite, the backwards logo made less sense.
I have a 2 qt Fire King casserole dish with a silver signature on the lid marked Georges Briard. Who is that person?
According to A Collectors Guide to Anchor-Hockings Fire-King Glassware, volume 2, Georges Briard is a fictitious name chosen by artist and glassware designer Jascha Broido and his friend Max Wille. Jascha Broido was born in the Ukraine and emigrated to the United States. After being discharged from the Army in , he went to work for Max Wille selling decorative items and eventually started Georges Briard Design.
Pieces of Georges Briard are easy to identify; most of his work was done in 22k gold and will always have his signature. You will find Anchor-Hocking casseroles, serving dishes, and glasses with art work signed by Georges Briard.
I need info on odd pieces with a large F inside a shield. Is it Fire-King?
The F-in-a-shield is the mark of the Federal Glass Company.
I also have mugs that have a small A inside a larger H. That has to be Anchor- Hocking, right?
The H -over- A is the mark of the Hazel-Atlas glass company.
Anchor-Hocking marked almost all of its Fire-King wares but virtually none of its other Depression-Era lines.
I found a 1 1/2 QT white bowl. On the bottom is an F inside a shield. I know that this is the mark of the Federal Glass Company, but does that mean it isnt worth anything? Did the Federal Glass Company make Fire King or is this a totally different brand of glass? And how do I know how old it is and what it is worth?
Federal and Anchor-Hocking are separate companies. Both began making heat resistant ovenware in the s. One is just as good as the other. There were others as well, such as Fry, the inventor of low-expansion heat resistant borosilicate glass (Fry Oven Glass); MacBeth-Evans (Corning Ware and Pyrex) and McKee (Glasbake).
Anchor-Hocking calls its heat-proof glass Fire-King. Fire-King is a brand name.
All are equally good. Not all are equally valuable. In the antiques collectibles world, Value is determined not by quality, beauty or scarcity but by DEMAND. Thanks largely to Martha Stewart, the demand for Fire-King is huge, while equally useful glass from other companies just sits on store shelves. The Fire-King collecting culture is also carried along by an abundance of Fire-King research material and documents, while many of the catalogs from other companies are lost forever.
Your Federal bowl is a good thing to have. Use it. But, if youre looking for an investment, start collecting Fire-King.
Some of my square Jadite kitchen shakers are tall and some are short. I thought Fire-king shakers were all the same. Arent they?
Fire-King shakers are indeed all shaped the same, but none of them are square. What you have are either Jeannette or McKee range shakers. At first glance they may appear to be identical, but the McKee shakers are slightly taller and have wider necks.
Incidently, McKee and Jeannette shakers are from the s. They come in a variety of colors and lettering styles. All are highly collectible.
Are there Fire-King or jade-ite reproductions out there?
Yes. But they can be spotted once youre aware of them. Please take a look at our pages of Jadite Reproductions to learn about some of the repros you are likely to encounter.
More recently, a new problem has emerged for Fire-King collectors with the introduction of jade-ite (aka: Fire-King), which was first mentioned on our Fire-King News page. Initial reports indicated that the new restaurant ware would be marked with only a paper label that could easily be removed.
Later, an update was issued by Jonathan Plotzker ([email protected]) Director of Catalogue Web Operations for Restoration Hardware, the sole distributor for the new line, who said thatThe stamp on the bottom reads Fire King , so theres no chance of someone trying to pass this off as originals.
Production of Fire-King dinnerware ( fake restaurant ware) has been cancelled indefinitely. It is not available for sale anywhere.
A few pieces of Brazilian-made jade-ite Fire-King ovenware are available in specialty stores.
Since (the new Fire-King) pieces ARE made by Anchor Hocking, Fire King why do you indicate that they are basically not worth much. Arent they still Jade-ite made by Fire King? Even though they are newthey certainly are worth something
Yes, they are jade-ite, and yes they are made, in Brazil, by a company that owns the Fire-King name. But most of what drives collectors toward vintage Fire-King made by the Anchor-Hocking company from the s through the seventies is nostalgia. Is a Chevy the same as a new Chevy? They both say Chevrolet on the back. But which one appeals to collectors? It is the demand for the older things that remind us of our youth that determines their worth or value.
Most of the pieces that I have collected so far have numbers on the back next to the Fire King mark. What do the numbers mean?
Those are batch or lot numbers. If a manufacturing defect showed up in any piece, it could be traced back to the place and time it was produced and other pieces so marked could be recalled. Unfortunately, they are not indicative of an items place or date of manufacture.
I just bought a Fire-King casserole dish on a chrome stand and a utility baking dish. The box is original and says Royal Chrome Sheffield Design Gourmet Ware. The bottom of the dishes are stamped Fire-King. Can you tell me how old these might be?
What you have is called an After Market piece. Many Fire-King pieces were sold to other companies who then added their own metal stands, racks, holders, etc. to create new products, such as candle warmers / chafing dishes, cooling racks, fondue sets, ice buckets and plant stands.
To get an idea of the approximate age of your piece, please see the table at the top of this page.
After Market modifications generally add little to the value of a Fire-King piece.
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If you’re anything like us, you’re a bargain bin diving, vintage-hunting, estate sale perusing maniac with an eye for minute details. When it comes to locating rare pieces and hidden treasures at estate sales and antique malls, there is no greater discovery than pieces that warm your heart and bring a sense of nostalgia back into your life. The mid-century, elaborate kitchenware designs made by the Anchor Hocking Glass Corp have been collector favorites for decades – and it isn’t hard to see why.
Originally produced for use as common household cookware and dish sets, Anchor Hocking’s most well-known brand, Fire King, has garnered enormous interest over the past 40 years. Eclectic vision, vibrant colors and uniquely crafted glass pieces truly put Anchor Hocking’s Fire King brand of kitchenware pieces in the spotlight for collectors looking for a touch of nostalgia.
What Are Fire King Glassware Products?
Vintage Fire King dinnerware and glassware products were first produced by the Anchor Hocking Glass Corp. based in Lancaster, Ohio. In , in the hopes of cornering a fresh market for affordable and attractive cookware, Anchor Hocking Glass began producing their now-famous line of ovenproof, low-cost, low-expansion borosilicate glassware products. The company branded their new line of ‘classic-American’ glassware pieces as “Fire King,” thus solidified their name in the history books as a contender for the kitchenware demographic.
The beautiful midcentury modern designs come in a variety of styles, colors, shapes and sizes. Fire King style kitchenware was made with durability in mind. While vintage collectors of our age might create shrines in hutches and cupboards all across America, the regular consumer from that era actually used Fire King branded products much like we use pots and pans in our own homes today. Used for baking, the storage of food, sauces, liquids and extensions of their buyer’s personality, Fire King became a household name until production was stopped in
Fire King products could be purchased as single-item investments or in whole-set collections at various online auctions. In fact, the single-item variety could be found anywhere from grocery stores, gas stations and hardware stores. One production company even went so far as to give away a free glassware piece with every bag of flour sold – talk about an amazing freebie!
Today, Fire King glassware products are a force to be reckoned with. Sets selling for upwards of $4, are up for grabs for the highest bidder on auction websites. Recently, a set of two very rare Fire King maroon burgundy coffee cups went for two dollars shy of $2,
Popular Vintage Fire King Colors
One of the defining characteristics of these gorgeous pieces of mid-century craftsmanship is the veritable smorgasbord of bold color choice options made available by the Anchor Hocking Corp. during their production. While the incredibly popular, opaque green glass run of Jade-ite is by far the most recognized line of Fire King kitchenware pieces in the ‘wild,’ it is most certainly not the only option available. In fact, the styles outside the Jade-ite run of kitchenware are some of the rarest pieces on the market and at estate sales today.
Much like its counterpart, Jade-ite, this lustrous alternative to green added a touch of femininity to any kitchen table. Rose-ite is a gorgeous creamy pink.
Turquoise blue was Fire King’s answer to an opaque option that was also fun, festive and eye-catching.
This subdued variation of the popular vintage Jade-ite allowed consumers the option of having the lustrous sheen of Jade-ite but allowing them to opt for a different color: light pale blue
The white Fire King kitchenware pieces are most notably used in the company’s decaled and patterned line variations.
This elegant alternative to the stark-white substitute brings with it a touch of class and shine to any dining room table. The muted tone brings a more youthful perspective to stylishness without trying too hard.
Some of the greatest and most vibrant colors you’ll find in any line of kitchenware, Fire King’s rainbow run of products colors include reds, blues, greens and yellows. In some instance, the Fire King products in the rainbow line were also produced in pastel-style variations. These pastel variations are highly sought after collector’s items.
The most popular lustre among fans and critics alike is peach. Like the hand-painted Gay Fad pieces, NEVER wash Peach Lustre in a dishwasher.
Fired On Crystal
Fire King also made a line of pastel-style colored glassware that was fired over a base of clear crystal. The resulting clear and colorful effect is quite striking. For this particular style, a wealth of colors are known to have been produced ranging from yellow to orange to blue. This clear style is best paired with solid glass pattern stylings like three bands, shell, bullseye or swirl.
Vintage Fire King Patterns
The Fire King family brand of products weren’t just known for their bold, sophisticated solid-color kitchenware designs, however; Anchor Hocking also produced a highly stylized, decaled and pattern-laden series of products as well. Two types of patterns were created by the glassware manufacturing magnate: styles with decaled patterns on solid backgrounds and stylized patterns molded into the glassware itself – in other words, what ultimately looks like painted detailing is known as decaled and stylization molded into the glassware itself (shell/swirl/sheaves of wheat) were known as solid color patterned pieces.
Popular Vintage Patterns
This patterned style is somehow both deceptively subtle and quite vivid at the same time. A retro mod style in its own right, the blue mosaic-style sees different colored blue-shaded squares fanning out over the inside base of the glassware it is applied to. The effect can be compared to that of a stain glass window.
This luxe pattern is a favorite among collectors; especially in terms of the gorgeous gold-tinged serving and casserole dishes. A graceful gold foil and silver infused surface makes this pattern a prized possession.
One of the most feminine patterns available in the Fire King line of products, the Primrose pattern depicts a romantic bundle of vibrant red and pink flowers that act as a stark contrast to the white surface they usually adorn. Simple and elegant are the best ways to describe this pattern.
A pattern fit for a princess, the Fleurette series of patterned products put out under the Fire King name were one of the better selling patterns of its time. A picturesque circle of flowers add the perfect girlish touch to any dinner party or afternoon tea.
Forget Me Not
One of the more regal patterns in the bunch, the Forget Me Not run of glassware depicts simple, vibrant blue flowers bundled with vivid yellow stalks of wheat. The effect is quite magnificent when accompanied by a full person dinner set.
Frequently gifted to wives from their doting husbands accompanied by gorgeous engagement rings on big-year anniversaries, the Anniversary Rose pattern shows a simple, singular rose accompanied by a tasteful amount of leaves. The simple design looks just as elegant whether it is on a tea cup or a serving dish.
Popular Vintage Solid Glass Patterns
Rotating ridged border surrounds the glassware piece
Raised molded edges form a seashell-like pattern across its face
Sheaves of Wheat
A wheat stalk pattern interlaced within the body of the glassware.
This mermaid-style texture brings a touch of class to any Fire King style.
This stylized consecutive banding technique is highly sought after among long-time collectors and newbies alike.
This pattern consists of a concentric circle of flowers ringing the glassware border of the piece accompanied by a ridged center pattern as well.
Vintage Fire King Piece Types
Fire King Dishes
Dishes most certainly make up the widest ranging assortment of products within the Fire King brand. From large dinner plates to small tea cup plates.
Fire King Oven Ware
Ovenware dishes make up a large amount of the products most ‘hunters’ are able to find in the ‘wild.’ Ranging from small to large, the classic ovenware styles are inlaid with patterning on the outside and most often are molded into oval, square or rectangle shapes.
Fire King Nesting Bowls
Nesting bowls continue to be one of the rarest finds of all the kitchenware styles Anchor Hocking was able to design. Consisting of four consecutively smaller and smaller bowls, all fitting neatly inside of each other, the Nesting Bowls make storing a breeze – Think Russian Matryoshka dolls but with bowls.
Fire King Ball Jug
One of the rarest finds out of all of the products produced by the Anchor Hocking Company, the Fire King Ball Jug has been often imitated but never duplicated. Noted for its uniquely crafted serving lip, the Ball Jug sells for thousands of dollars every time it makes its way to auction.
Fire King Mugs
As some of the more common items in the Fire King family, the series of mugs produced by the company can be found in any number of antique malls or estate sale auctions. The styles range from plain, oddly adorned by well-known cartoon characters or business advertisements.
Fire King Storing Refrigerator Dishes
Mid-century versions of modern Tupperware, these durable refrigerator dishes were often given to guests or family members with leftovers inside to conveniently – in the container itself – reheat when the mood struck.
Fire King Jade-ite
The most well-known of all the styles of Fire King products made by the Anchor Hocking Company is the world-famous Jade-ite style. The heavy, opaque green glass came in a variety of styles that have become increasingly hard to find due to immense demand. Coffee mugs, butter dishes, mixing bowls and heavy dishware were all molded in this bold style. Molded solid glass patterns in the Jade-ite style are some of the prettiest feats of craftsmanship on the market – Alice, Shell and the extremely rare beaded mixing bowls.
Why Invest in Fire King?
If you’re looking for someone to talk you out of collecting these gorgeous pieces of American history, you came to the wrong place. The Fire King family of kitchenware products has, and definitely seems like it will continue to remain, a staple in any household by being able to be passed down from generation to generation. Fire King products are able to withstand intense heat, pressure and extensive use even often comparable to vintage cast-iron products. Not only are they durable, but they are some of the most beautiful pieces available on the market (from any era). We advise you to begin collecting pieces that catch your attention. After all, collecting is a deeply personal experience and no two collections will ever be the same. Invest in Fire King products because they will last – both in the quality of their manufacturing and the depth/vibrancy of their coloring. Sure, you can purchase plate/dining sets from major retailers for under ten dollars but the odds they will last more than three years are slim to none.
How Best To Care for Your Fire King Glassware
If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in the possession of vintage Fire King glassware products, there is no hard and steadfast rules that say you can’t enjoy using them from time to time (as long as you’re incredibly careful). While the value of such pieces has certainly gone up significantly throughout the last fifty years or so, the beautiful thing about Fire King products is that they are extremely durable – even by today’s standards! Originally used in cafeterias, army bases and church halls, Fire King branded products were produced to withstand the harshest conditions. Here are a few do’s and don’ts for care and maintaining your vintage glassware: Never wash any Fire King pieces in the dishwasher. Detergents and extreme pressure, as well as temperatures, can create a not-so desirable reaction to the compounds within the glass itself. Some common consequences of machine washing Fire King products are a degraded cloudy ‘etching’ on its surface and both discoloration and peeling of decorative designs or decals. It is recommended to hand wash all Fire King products to ensure maximum longevity and condition.
If you MUST use Fire King glass products in the microwave, you are doing so at the risk of the product’s original integrity. This is a highly debated topic of discussion among experts but since these beautiful products were mostly produced before the introduction of the modern microwave, the steadfast rule is: microwave at your own risk.
How to Determine Faux-Fire King Products
Unfortunately, as is the norm in collector circles, mass-produced fake recreations of these fine sets of high-quality kitchen wares have started to flood the market. It is important for collectors, and fans alike, to know how to spot a fake to steer clear of paying hefty prices for a recently-manufactured dud. In recent years, products claiming to be authentic but are in fact deceptive recreations made in Asia or Brazil have slowly trickled into the Fire King market seeking to trick consumers. Authentic Anchor Hocking manufactured Fire King product designs are hand-painted (where design allows) and then fired on to ensure maximum longevity of the product and durability. In Fire King brand advertising mugs, for example, a tell-tale sign of a fake recreation is to look at the decal in direct lighting. If the decal of the advertised character or brand has a glossy sheen to it, much like the glare looking at a physical photograph in direct light will have, odds are that the mug in question is a fake. The best advice is to air on the side of caution and educate oneself on the intricacies of Fire King logos, styles, colors and shapes.
Fire King Pricing
When first time, or newbie, collectors begin to express interest in collecting some of these fantastic kitchenware items produced by the Anchor Hocking Glass Corp, they may be surprised by the high price-points of some of the pieces. Finding a pricing guide that works for your needs is the best first step any collector can take. With new collectors added every day, interest has never been higher for the Fire King brand. Single pieces, like cups, mugs or dishes, can sell for as little as five dollars. The different color options don’t seem to add too much price-point value to single item pieces – no more than ten dollars in most cases. Large sets, however, are a completely different story. A current eBay listing for a full person set of original green Jade-ite Fire King dishes is up for bid starting at $3, For a 4-person set of white gold-rimmed Fire King dishes, cups, saucers and bowls, the seller is asking $ While purchasing full-sets off of resale sites like eBay may be the quickest way to get your collection moving in the right direction, it takes away half the fun which is experienced in the hunt itself. Nothing beats the feeling of perusing estate sales and antique shops for that last piece to complete a set you’ve been working on for years.
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For other uses, see Fire King (disambiguation).
Brand of heat-resistant glassware manufactured by Anchor Hocking
Fire-King is an Anchor Hocking brand of glassware similar to Pyrex. It was formerly made of low expansion borosilicate glass and ideal for oven use. Currently it is made of tempered soda-lime-silicate glass.
Fire-King was originally produced in the s 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. Several varieties of Fire King dishes were made; nesting bowls, dessert bowls, glass beverage containers, casserole dishes, mugs and more. The vintage nesting bowls, produced by the Anchor Hocking Company, are one of the most sought after collectible dishes of this type.
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 decalled patterns that are very popular including Blue Mosaic, Wheat, Primrose, Fleurette, Forget Me Not and Anniversary Rose. Patterns with solid glass colors are Swirl/Shell (–76), Sheaves of Wheat (Laurel ), Kimberly Diamond, Jane Ray, Alice, Fish Scale, Three Bands (–56) Restaurant Ware, Line and 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. In Fire-King was re-released by Anchor Hocking in Jade-ite. The pieces have been made from new molds and are not the same as the older Fire-King items. They are also stamped "Fire-King, "
Excellent reference books on the subject are: Anchor Hocking's Fireking and More by Gene Florence. A Collector's Guide to Anchor Hocking's Fire King Glassware, by Garry and Dale Kilgo and Jerry and Gail Wilkins
Fire-King solid glass colors come in jade-ite, burgundy, rose-ite (creamy pink)(not to be confused with “pink swirl” which is a pink fired on colour over opaque white glass), turquoise blue, azur-ite (light pale blue), white, ivory-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 are also some fired on Lustre color finishes that comes in several patterns and a few colours (on dinnerware) grey, white, pink and the most commonly found Peach Lustre. There is also a bakeware set and mixing bowl set in “copper tint” fired on colour (over white opaque glass) which looks very similar to peach lustre, but is just a little more subtle in its shade of copper.
- Clements, Monica Lynn, and Patricia Rosser Clements. An Unauthorized Guide to Fire-King Glasswares. A Schiffer book for collectors. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Pub. Ltd, ISBN
- Florence, Gene. Anchor Hocking's Fire-King & More Identification & Value Guide, Including Early American Prescut and Wexford. Paducah, Ky: Collector Books, ISBN
- Hopper, Philip. Anchor Hocking Decorated Pitcher[S] and Glasses The Fire King Years. A Schiffer book for collectors. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Pub, ISBN
- Keller, Joe, and David Ross. Fire-King An Information and Price Guide. A Schiffer book for collectors. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Pub, ISBN
- Kilgo, Garry. A Collector's Guide to Anchor Hocking's "Fire-King" Glassware. Addison, Ala. (P.O. Box , Addison ): K & W Collectibles,
- Tvorak, April M., and Matthew R. Terry. History and Price Guide to Fire-King. Canon City, Co: VAL Enterprises,
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