Vintage Loaf Pan Collection and a Bread Recipe

Is there something you just love to collect, maybe because of the shape of it, the color of it, the history behind it?  Well, I have several of those collections!  One of them is vintage loaf pans, glass that is.  I don’t know why, it’s not like I bake bread every day, but I just can’t resist a glass loaf pan when I see one, especially if it’s milk glass.

This first one I’m sharing today is by Fire King, and the pattern is called Candle Glow.  Fire King was the ovenware line made by the Anchor Hocking Glass Company, and the Candle Glow pattern was made from 1967-1972.  Note that the handles are straight on this pan, as opposed to the next example, which has scalloped handles.   You can read more about this pattern in a post I wrote last summer called The Candle Glow Isn’t Just For Christmas.

Fire King Candle Glow loaf pan



This Fire King Primrose loaf pan made a great Valentines display piece, and bakes up a pretty pound cake, too.   Produced from 1960-1962, this pattern must have been pretty popular, as I see many pieces in antique stores.

Fire King Primrose loaf pan


Note the scalloped handles on this pan, such a pretty detail.

Fire King Primrose loaf pan


This next loaf pan, also by Fire King, is usually referred to by collectors as “Poppy”, although there isn’t much information about it on the web or in collector’s guides.  Hmmm, a bit of an enigma, perhaps?  It has a wonderful red-orange color, and has the straight handles, like the Candle Glow pan.

Fire King Poppy loaf pan



This next dish is the Maid of Honor brand.  It’s not as popular as vintage Pyrex, Fire King, and Hazel Atlas, but it’s out there, and some of it is really pretty.  According to one source I found who was quoting a Sears ad, the line was made by McKee Glass and dates to as early as 1948.  I have some cleaning left to do on this one, but it bakes up a great loaf of beer bread!

Maid of Honor loaf pan



And now for my three clear glass pans, also vintage.  They may not be as fancy, but these three are my go-to pans when I’m baking bread or pound cake.  I greatly prefer these over metal bread pans for more even baking.

First, another Fire King (also with scalloped handles):

Fire King clear loaf pan



…and two Pyrex loaf pans, from two different eras as noted by the handles and Pyrex logos:

Pyrex vintage clear loaf pan


The dish on the bottom is older, 1950-1960s, as we can tell by the longer handles that go almost entirely across the width of the pan, and the fact the the logo is in all caps: PYREX.  The pan on top is newer, with its more narrow handles and logo in lower case letters: pyrex.  Here’s a close-up of the two logos:

Pyrex vintage logos

I promised you a recipe!  This is our family’s favorite bread recipe, because it’s quick and takes very few ingredients.



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I hope you’ve enjoyed my small but growing collection and give the recipe a try, it’s too easy, and great when you toast the slices and add butter.  Do you collect vintage loaf pans, too?  Which do you have?  Y’all take care! ~Dawn

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27 thoughts on “Vintage Loaf Pan Collection and a Bread Recipe

  1. Hi, Dawn! I love loaf pans, too. They’re not only great for baking, but for serving as well (especially asparagus!). Great post! And I love the way you’ve coordinated the pans with your vintage cloths!! Have a great weekend! Rosie

  2. Strange – I have ever associated these loaf pans for baking. We always used them for meatloaf! Beautiful collections. Thanks for the tip on the logo.

  3. Thank you so much for the recipe. I had that years ago, but lost it when I moved, I don’t bake bread often because I’m not good at it, but this recipe is so easy even I can do it. I used to have a pretty good collection of loaf pans, but when I moved into a smaller home I had an auction because I just couldn’t fit everything into my present home. One of the loaf pans I sold was like your Poppy but mine was turquoise, and I had the candle pattern and a couple different wheat patterns. I kept a few, but I miss the ones I sold. It was really nice looking at your collection. Thank you for sharing.

  4. What a great collection! I have a loaf pan in the Primrose patter and I love it. I’m going to be on the lookout for more of them and I promise I will try this recipe!! I’ll let you know how it turns out. Thanks for joining TTF this week!
    hugs, Linda

  5. Great collection and I love the way you display everything so nicely! Yummmmm…. beer bread. I’m getting hungry for some!

  6. Hi Dawn,
    Thanks for the recipe, sounds yummy! I love, love, love your pans they are so pretty. The blue coneflower pan is a design that I remember my grandma had when I was small. Wonderful memories. Thanks so much.

  7. Yummm. I haven’t made beer bread forever! I’ll have to make some this weekend! I have a few loaf pans I bought at an estate sale. I’ll have to take a closer look at the handles…I learn something new every time I read your blog!! Thanks and have a wonderful weekend!!

  8. I very rarely ever see loaf pans at the thrifts, so I think I’m lucky to have one Pyrex, one Fire King and one Glasbake – I like them all!

  9. Great collection Dawn with really good info for the glass kitchenware collectors. I’m going to add it to my Pinterest board: Identify & Understand Your Antiques. Have a great week!

  10. My mom has a maid of honor dish and a fireking primrose dish. Enjoyed reading about them! Thank you for the information.

  11. Your loaf pans are lovely I’ve been tempted to buy some of those Fire King patterns but I had to draw a line for myself.

  12. I love “Candle Glow”! Really cool Fire King loafers! I have some party dihes by Hazel Atlas, just love to use that old stuff. Great little post sweetie, wishing you well, Vicki

  13. I love these vintage loaf pans. When I see them I often wonder about the people who owned them before and the stories these dishes could tell. I treat mine with care and hope to pass them on to my grands…the next great family cooks.

  14. Great collection, I love old pieces like these! So nice having you at Amaze Me Monday, thanks so much for sharing.

  15. Dawn, love this collection! I would snag that aqua one in a big hurry. I only have one vintage bread pan. A recent find. It’s milk glass with a vegetable scene on it. Guess I need to try it out. I’ve made beer bread once and it was yum! Pinning. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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