When I became aware of vintage glassware many years ago, Sapphire Blue was one of the first patterns that caught my eye. Easy to recognize and almost always marked, I felt comfortable in purchasing a few pieces.
According to Gene Florence’s book, Fire-King and More, Sapphire Blue (1941-1956) is the most recognized Fire-King pattern. Personally, though, I think the name is deceiving. I would have named it Ice Blue. It’s as if someone took a bowl of sparkling clear water and let one drop of cobalt blue fall into it. The resulting icy blue color is hard to photograph, I must say, so I hope I’ve done it justice in this post.
Over the years, I’ve bought and sold many pieces and I still count it as one of my favorite lines of kitchen glassware. I only have a few of the more than 50 pieces listed in Mr. Florence’s book. Most are for sale, but one piece is part of my personal collection. Perhaps you’ve seen some of these in your grandmother’s pantry or your mother’s kitchen.
Table server, one-spout measuring cup and percolator top
|Measuring cup belonged to my aunt, so not for sale|
|Close-up of percolator top showing Fire-King mark|
|This is just one of several shapes|
|The pie plates were made in several sizes|
Close-ups of Fire-King mark
The design embossed in Sapphire Blue pieces is called "Philbe" and can also be found on some jade-ite pieces, like the refrigerator dish below.
|"Philbe" design on jade-ite refrigerator dish|
Please note: Should you own or purchase any Sapphire Blue pieces, only use them in standard ovens. They were not designed for today’s microwave ovens and could develop heat cracks from the sudden temperature changes used by these contemporary ovens.
Do you have any Sapphire Blue memories?
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