Isn’t It a Little Early for Tulips?

Isn’t it a little early for tulips?

It is a little early here in Atlanta for tulips.

At least that is what I thought until these beauties arrived at my door.  I’m always on the lookout for vintage Fire King at a good price.  So when I saw this set in good vintage condition and priced well on Etsy, I didn’t hesitate too much.

The set consists of three nesting splash proof bowls.  The largest is 9 1/2 inches wide and the other two bowls graduate down in size to 7.5 and 6.5 inches.

There seems to be a bowl missing between the largest bowl and the next smaller size bowl.  So now I’ll be on the hunt to make this set complete with an 8 1/2 inch bowl.

Now a little history from Vintage Fire King 101: A Guide to Fire King Kitchen Ware.

“Vintage Fire King dinnerware and glassware products were first produced by the Anchor Hocking Glass Corp. based in Lancaster, Ohio. In 1942, in the hopes of cornering a fresh market for affordable and attractive cookware, Anchor Hocking Glass began producing their now-famous line of oven-proof, low-cost, low-expansion borosilicate glassware products. The company branded their new line of ‘classic-American’ glassware pieces as “Fire King,” thus solidified their name in the history books as a contender for the kitchen ware demographic.

The beautiful mid-century modern designs come in a variety of styles, colors, shapes and sizes. Fire King style kitchen ware was made with durability in mind. While vintage collectors of our age might create shrines in hutches and cupboards all across America, the regular consumer from that era actually used Fire King branded products much like we use pots and pans in our own homes today. Used for baking, the storage of food, sauces, liquids and extensions of their buyer’s personality, Fire King became a household name until production stopped in 1976.”

Last Saturday was National Tulip Day in Amsterdam.  It is an annual event held in January each year that preludes the tulip season in the Netherlands.  In celebration my local grocery store had an abundance of tulips for sale.  A bunch found its way home with me.

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  1. Sharon, I have the 9.5 and 8.5 in those bowls! They’re part of my end of year (2017), too late to classify finds. 🙂 I noticed a local estate sale happening next week, and they pictured a lidded grease jar in that tulip print. Not sure if I’ll make it to the sale, but it caught me eye. Yours are in great condition, with no apparent scratches or wear to the paint.

  2. This was an interesting history Sharon, and cleared up some misconceptions I had about Anchor Hocking/Fire King. Thanks for sharing that! The bowls are beautiful…sounds like you really scored!

  3. These are fabulous, Sharon! I’ve never come across this pattern while thrifting, so it’s great you found a good buy on Etsy!

  4. Love, love, love your bowls. You are so lucky to have found a set in such wonderful condition. I love “antiquing” and I keep on the lookout for a similar set. So bright and pretty!
    Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  5. Oh those bowls are wonderful…so charming and they look like they are in great condition!

  6. Love your set and your vignette of bowls and tulips. Everyone has their winter decor, but here in Maine, I am already heartily sick of winter although the ice on the trees is so pretty. Most Pyrex sets of bowls here are priced outa sight and I have rarely seen those FK tulips ones. I think I’d like them as I am fond of bright colors. Maybe someday…I’ll keep looking.

  7. Those bowls are beautiful. I can’t remember seeing anything like them. A collection would be nice.

  8. Nice, I love tulips. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. And the answer is NO! It is NEVER too early for tulips! Just delightful!
    — jeanie from Marmelade Gypsy

  10. Oh my goodness! Your Fire King bowls are wonderful. I think I remember the tulip design — guess I’m aging myself! Ha! And, it’s never too early for tulips! Now you have them year round.

  11. I can remember seeing this pattern years ago, but I haven’t seen it much lately. I still have a few Fire King pieces and still love them and use them. Thanks for the history lesson too

  12. Jann Olson says:

    Sheron, I love these bowls! I’ve only seen them for big bucks. When I was helping with my friends late Aunt’s estate I came across one. I bought it even though the yellow color of the tulip is missing. Your set is amazing! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  13. Jann Olson says:

    Hi Sharon, just hopping by to let you know that you will be featured at SYC today.

  14. It’s never too early for these beauties. So, so cute. I love vintage Fire King. Thanks for linking up to Keep In Touch.
    Katie @ Let’s Add Sprinkles

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