Corning Glass Works – 1851
This week’s Throwback Thursday takes us back to the mid-nineteenth century with a look at Corning Glass Works. Corning was originally founded in Massachusetts in 1851 by Amory Houghton before moving to Corning, New York in 1868. The company specialized in glass, ceramics and other related materials used for industrial and scientific uses as well as a line of kitchenware. Corning’s glass technology has been and is still used in many applications in a variety of industries.
One of Corning Glasses most popular inventions is Pyrex. Pyrex is a heat tempered glass that is resistant to temperature changes and was first designed for railroad lanterns by Corning in 1913. Pyrex is a borosilicate, a low expansion glass used in test tubes, laboratory equipment and kitchenware. Pyrex kitchenware comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and patterns. Pyrex cooks food evenly, is easy to clean and is break resistant.
CorningWare cookware with PyroCeram was introduced in 1953. This white ceramic material can withstand thermal shock and extreme temperature. PyroCeram gave cooks the ability to take filled baking dishes from the freezer to the oven, then to the table and dishwasher without needing a second dish. This break and chip resistant bakeware is durable and lasts for years. The glass was so strong the military used it to build guided missile nosecones.
More than 750 million pieces of CorningWare have been manufactured. However, CorningWare with PyroCeram is no long produced as the material was so durable, it never needed to be replaced. Corning Glass Works changed its name to Corning Incorporated in 1989 and has continued to develop the latest in technology for over 160 years. The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York displays one of the world’s largest collections of glass objects. The Past Antiques Marketplace at Nature’s Art Village has a large variety of hard to find vintage Pyrex and CorningWare kitchen products available for purchase. Visit The PAST Antiques at Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut to see our full selection of antiques and vintage collectibles.
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