Made by Anchor Hocking, the Fire-King measuring cup has a long history. While the company still makes this sturdy measuring cup in many sizes, older models are collectors' items. All Fire-King measuring cups are made of glass.
The current versions of the Fire-King measuring cup are made of microwave-safe, tempered glass. Easy to clean, these measuring cups feature raised measurement lettering and measures in cups, ounces and milliliters. The measuring cups have comfortable handles, a curved pouring spout and come with a five-year warranty. The cups are available in various sizes, including single-cup and two-cup versions.
Fire-King measuring cups made between the 1940s and the 1960s are considered collectors' items and may be purchased at antique stores or at online auction sites. The measuring cups are made of crystal and should be marked with the phrases "Fire-King" and "Oven Safe." These pieces come in several sizes, including the No. 496 8-ounce cup with raised red lettering, the No. 498 16-ounce cup and the No. 499 32-ounce model. There are also models available with side spouts and in multiple colors.
Vintage Fire-King measuring cups are available in a variety of colors, ranging from an opaque jade green to translucent red or sapphire blue. Vintage pieces are also available in clear crystal glass. The opaque jade-colored cup, also called jadite, is one of the most rare and therefore one of the most expensive.
Be aware that if you are searching for a collectible version of a Fire-King measuring cup there are reproductions on the market. The website www.spglass.com has excellent photos and information about reproductions. For example, a reproduction of the jadite Jeannette 1930s measuring cup set is easily spotted--the original cups had a shallow indent on the bottom and the lettering on the handles was crisp and clear. In addition, putting a jadite piece under a black light will help to determine authenticity, as the original models glow green. The website also offers information about what is called "fantasyware," defined as items advertised as collectibles, but which were never really manufactured by Anchor Hocking.
About Anchor Hocking
Anchor Hocking came into existence in 1937, when the Hocking Glass Company and Anchor Cap and Closure Corporation merged. The Hocking Glass Company had survived the Great Depression by developing a pressed glass machine and 15-mold machine that allowed the company to produce 90 pieces per minute. Originally located in Ohio, the company was spread over the northeast and Toronto after the merger. Anchor Hocking went on to expand into tableware, toiletries, earthenware and even office products as it continued to grow and obtain new subsidiaries.
Anchor Hocking Glass Museum
Although it is not affiliated with the Anchor Hocking company, there is an Anchor Hocking Glass Museum with an extensive collection of the company's products, located in San Antonio. Tours of the museum are by appointment only.
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