Fire King Dinnerware

by Fern Angus
Volume 19 No. 4 - November 1992

Editor's Note: Reprinted from the National Depression Glass Journal with permission from the author.

A pattern of Depression Glass which has puzzled collectors for some time has now been positively identified as Fire King dinnerware. I was privileged to see a complete set of this beautiful blue glassware which bears a striking resemblance to the Princess pattern. A trim of platinum added to its beauty.

Officials of the Anchor Hocking Corp., Lancaster, Ohio, have placed the date of manufacture as 1940 and lists the pattern as a part of the Fire King Line.

This fragile and lovely ware is not to be confused with the Fire King Ovenware. The ovenware was made of a heavy durable glass and was utilitarian in purpose.

Just how versatile the old glass molds really were is manifest in this lovely pattern. A combination of at least three of our major patterns were used to compliment one another.

The beautiful blue color is almost identical to our Mayfair blue. I say "almost" - at first glance one might say identical. Upon closer examination we find there is a slight difference. The Fire King seems to have a greater depth of color.

Several pieces are identical in mold shape to Mayfair. Among these are the following: tall 7¼" goblet, blue and gorgeous, cone shaped footed juice glass, tall stemmed sherbet and the cone footed ice tea having the same rayed foot as the Mayfair ice tea. The ice tea is perhaps the most common piece.

The Cameo pattern which had chalked up record sales in the early 1930s was copied in at least two pieces. The mold shape of the low fat, 4" square covered candy and the 4" flat tumbler are like Cameo.

Last but not least is the likeness of the Fire King to the Princess pattern design. The cone shaped, footed ice tea is listed in the trade papers and in one of our leading Depression books as being similar to Princess! And indeed it is just that, similar in both shape and pattern design. The tassel or drape effect is very similar to the Princess pattern.

This lovely glassware bearing its own distinct design and produced in a beautiful blue color combines some of the characteristics of at least three of our major Depression patterns.

Don't rush out and expect to buy a complete set today. Though I have no information on the length of time this pattern was in production its scarcity indicates a short issue. As I said, I have seen a complete set, blue with platinum trim. Very, very lovely.

Listed below are the pieces I have seen to date:

  • Sherbet plate, 6"
  • Tall sherbet, Mayfair style
  • Tumbler, 4" Cameo style
  • Ice Tea, cone shaped, footed 11 oz., Mayfair and Princess style
  • Cream soup
  • Stemmed Goblet, 7¼" Mayfair style
  • Candy dish and cover, 4" Cameo style
  • Cup and Saucer
  • Cereal, 7"
  • Juice, cone shaped, footed, Mayfair style
  • Plate, grill, 10½"
  • Plate, dinner, 10"
  • Plate, 8" breakfast
  • Cruet and stopper

All information above courtesy Anchor Hocking Corp., Lancaster, Ohio.

The fragile, blue glass described above and listed by its manufacturer, Anchor Hocking Glass Company, simply as part of the Fire King line has been called Philbe by a well known author. Phil Bee was an employee of Anchor Hocking and it assumed that the glass was named in his honor. Added to the listing is the Cookie Jar. There must be a jar because I have a cover and also a pink oval shaped bowl identical in mold to the Cameo oval bowl.

Information courtesy National Depression Glass Journal, March, 1975. Fern Angus, Publisher.