Glasbake: What Is It, Who Made It? July 07 2015, 2 Comments
Glasbake was officially known as ovenware made of glass, and was a line of heat resistant oven/baking/serving ware developed in the early 1900s by the McKee Glass Company. It was originally known as Glasbak Ware. Note the missing 's' and missing 'e'. This is key to identifying when a piece was made, and by whom.
The McKee Company was a long standing glass company out of the Pittsburgh region, and it was in the early days of Glasbake that it was spelled, Glasbak. In 1917 the spelling changed to Glasbake, and Ware was dropped from the name remaining this way through to 1953.
The company partnered with a number of other firms throughout their history, which resulted in the spelling changes and subsequent company name changes. If you see Glasbake spelled with a double 'S' (Glassbake), this is not a McKee.
Audrey Would! feels pretty lucky to have a gorgeous Glasbake piece currently in our collection, and here you see the Glasbake marking on its rim along with its May 1927 patent.
In 1951 the name 'Glasbake' was changed to 'Glasbake by McKee Division of Thatcher Glass Corp'. The name then changed again in 1961 to Jeanette Glass when Thatcher sold the McKee factory to them. Jeanette Glass usually identified their Glasbake pieces with a number on the bottom that had a 'J' prefix. This is another tip for identifying the who and when of an authentic Glasbake piece.
What's so special about Glasbake? Their original marketing message, 'From Oven to Refrigerator'. Glasbake pieces were designed to be used for cooking, serving and storing, and it's their attention to detail for this all-in-one combination we think was so brilliant.
This Glasbake meat platter in our Audrey collection is a great example of an oven to refrigerator piece.
Imagine for a minute, serving a roast.
The glass platter could be used to bake the roast, and its tree pattern was designed to collect the juices from the roast. The rim is wide enough to easily maneuver the platter into the stand for serving.
The gorgeous silver plated serving stand was designed to glam up the platter so the two combined would make a deluxe serving statement.
At the end of the meal all that's left to do is cover the leftover roast right on the platter, remove it from the silver plated stand and place in the fridge - now that's function from beginning to end!
Don't you agree this is a well thought out design that covers all the bases for cooking, serving and storing?
Glasbake. What's not to love? Purchase meat platter here!
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