Because of this, identifying the age of dinnerware by certain characteristics is certainly easier than, say, a vintage pair of shoes.1900-1920In the early 20th century, it was a family ritual to eat dinner together.Many middle class families had servants and many different pieces that each had its own specific purpose. ADVERTISING / CUSTOMIZED patterns are marked with a "&". Patterns Only • View Tableware / Restaurant Ware Only This main purpose of this picture guide is for quick Vintage Pyrex pattern identification. If this is your first time here, please read the sidebar at right for tips on notation we've used throughout these guides. "UNKNOWN" patterns have been named but marked with a "*".
Markings alone are not a good way to differentiate the two lines.
Dinnertime was much more formal and the dinnerware reflected this accordingly.
During World War I (1914-1918) American families ceased buying German and Japanese dinnerware.
The original 1936 Fiesta line was limited to just five colors — red (some call it uranium orange), cobalt blue, light green, yellow, and ivory. These are referred to as the “original colours” There were 34 pieces in that original lineup, from coffee pot to sugar bowls, candle holders to casseroles, dinner plates to carafes.
Seventeen more styles of cups (including the Tom and Jerry mugs), marmalade’s, mustard’s, platters and vases were added before the end of the 1930’s.
For collectors, two pieces in particular are among the most prized: a 12″ compartment plate and a covered onion soup bowl, both of which were dropped in the first year, thus severely limiting their supply.