Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation was created in 1937 from the merger of Hocking Glass with the Anchor Cap and Closure Corporation. A few years later, in 1942, they introduced their hugely popular “Fire-King” glassware, which continued in production until the late 1970s. Even as late as 1992 Anchor Hocking were making some Fire-King items, to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of its introduction.
The word “Fire-King” first appears on glassware in the early 1940’s. Intended as a group of ovenproof lines, “Fire-King” became the most successful of Anchor Hocking’s products.
The earliest Fire-King was the Philbe dinnerware line, introduced in 1940. In 1942, this was transformed into the Sapphire Blue ovenware, which, along with Jadeite, became the signature items of the Fire-King line. The ovenware was attractive, durable, and inexpensive.
The dinnerware was bold, attractive, and multi-purpose. Items were multi-function. A casserole was used to bake, serve, and then store leftovers in the refrigerator. Many pieces were produced that did not have a specific function – like utility trays, bakers, and covered loaf pans. These pieces were marketed in various ways, with the goal being to see each piece as multi-functional.
Fire-King was pressed glass dinnerware and kitchenware made from oven-proof glass, usually opaque apart from a few items like the clear “crystal” line in ovenware which was included as Fire-King. Two special colors in Fire-King have become very popular and easily recognized – the pale green “Jade-ite” and the iridized peach color with a mirror finish called “Peach Lustre” which is illustrated on the left.
All kinds of dinnerware patterns were produced in Fire-King, in plain colors or with transfer printed floral or natural or geometric designs. The shapes were very practical and there was a huge range of items to choose from. Fire-King even carried a two-year guarantee on the label.
pieces were marketed in various ways, with the goal being to see each piece as multi-functional.
Most Fire-King glass is marked but there are several different identifications. The most common Anchor Hocking trademark is an anchor with an H straddling the stem. The mug above on the left says on the bottom: Anchor Hocking Fire-King OVEN PROOF Made in the USA, and there is also an anchor supporting an H and the number 33.
There was a thicker version of Fire-King glassware produced for the restaurant industry, and this was probably the most popular of all. In the first six years they sold 25 million pieces!