Cooking with CorningWare: Vintage cookware fetching thousands

May 27, 2022
Corningware dishes worth thousands. Source: @midcenturyvibes74/Instagram

Iconic 70’s cookware CorningWare is now worth thousands of dollars, with demand from collectors leading to people listing their vintage dishes on buy and sell websites.

The timeless casserole pots featured a range of patterns, with Corningware’s Spice of Life range featuring a pattern of leafy greens, a variety of vegetables and the words “L’Echalote La Marjolaine”, which is currently attracting as much as $15,000 on eBay.

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Corningware’s Spice of Life range is selling for as much as $15,000. Source: eBay

Another range in high demand from collectors is the Wildflower set, featuring a floral bouquet of orange and yellow and now fetching sellers $4,500. The more common Cornflower range is still bringing in as much as $1,400 for peddlers.

Many Australians took to social media to share their memories of the classical cookware, most of whom had received their sets as wedding presents.

“I have had my Corning ware dishes for 52 years. They were given to us as a wedding present. Best dishes ever,” one user wrote.

“Yep still have my original set with handle, use all the time. These were the first items purchased when we moved to Australia. I also collected the white and black corningware. Every item still alive and well,” wrote another.

“I have a whole set of this Corning ware and have been using it regularly for 60 years or more I love it it still looks as good as new but I have used all of those years,” someone said.

“Have mine too in varying sizes and have used them for 50 years, still as good as new, also a lovely way to remember the special people that gave them as engagement and wedding presents, I am sure they had no idea we would still be using them all these years later,” one commented.

“My husband’s parents gave us a complete set for a wedding present. Then we added to it. I even have a coffee pot and tea pot. I still have most of them 55 yrs later!,” another said.

The cookware, known for its durability, was first introduced in 1958 by Corning Glass Works and spread in popularity across the country, fast becoming a staple household brand.

A major selling point of the favoured dishes was their versatility, having the ability to go from fridge or freezer directly to the stovetop, oven, microwave or under a broiler and placed straight on the table, making cooking simple by eliminating the need for extra dishes.

Made from pyroceram material, the dishes had an added bonus of removable handles for ease of storage.

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