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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

english pyrex

Just when I think I'm getting this Pyrex thing down, new stuff comes along. Well, not "new" - you know what I mean. New to me. A few months back, I found these great Pyrex bowls that were made in England. Through the wonderful people at the Pyrex Collective and Pyrex Love, I was able to find out that the pattern is called Spectrum and they were made in the 1980s. I ended up selling them in my Etsy shop. I really liked them but they weren't a great match for my kitchen, so I let them go.

Last weekend, Jeff and I were thrifting and I came across these beauties. I didn't recognize the pattern on the small bowl. The larger bowl has black snowflakes, but it's different from the other black snowflake pieces I've seen. So I flipped them over and found both marked JAJ Made in England. Of course, I had to have them - as a learning experience if nothing else. (Sorry for the picture quality, I just can't seem to get the right lighting these days.)

In doing some research, I found that JAJ stands for J A Jobling of England. Apparently this company licensed the Pyrex name from Corning and then was bought out by Corning in 1973. Therefore, any pieces bearing the JAJ mark are pre-1973. I don't know for sure, but I'm guessing that the Spectrum pieces were made at the same place as my two new pieces, but since they didn't come along until the 1980s, they are simply marked Made in England as the JAJ mark was long gone by that time.

It's fun to think about the journey these pieces made from their native England to Colorado. And I have an over-whelming desire to fill them with bangers and mash :)

Happy hunting!


  1. Cute bowls. I especially like the black snowflake bowl! I have a couple of pieces of JAJ.

  2. Those are two really great finds! I especialy love the colors on the vegetable bowl!
    Hoping I'll be lucky enough to thrift some English Pyrex one day :)

  3. Oh I how love that beautiful white bowl with the snowflakes!

    Here everytime I see JAJ It's the old maid patterns (boring colors and designs) ;(

  4. LOVE the veggie one!! What an interesting story--- not sure I know what bangers and mash are though :)

    Oh and your comment about my bunting - Will you believe I have a map one all cut out already?