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.
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.
Note the scalloped handles on this pan, such a pretty detail.
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.
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!
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):
…and two Pyrex loaf pans, from two different eras as noted by the handles and Pyrex logos:
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:
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