H. C. Fry Glass Company, Rochester, Pennsylvania

Fry's Ovenware in Mother of Pearl on display at the Ft. Pitt - Opalescent Fry Glass Makes its Debut

[Trade Journal]

Publication: The Glassworker

Pittsburgh, PA, United States
vol. 41, no. 17, p. 13, col. 4


Fry's ovenware in the mother of pearl treatment is being shown in room 780 at the Fort Pitt. This newest product of the Fry furnaces mark a new step in the advancement of glass oven ware. It is different from other similar wares because of its interesting pearl lustre and in its complete line of shapes.

A tea set, consisting of a teapot and six cups and saucers, all made of Fry oven glass, which is transparent, is attracting attention. The set can be had either plain or with six decorations, either bands and lines or sprays. The band decorations come in blue and red and in a combination of black and orange. There are three patterns of gold spray decorations. In the complete line, blue band decorations have been placed on all covered pieces. This enhances the attractiveness of the ware for use on the table as a container for the food which has been prepared in it. The ware is guaranteed against breakage in the oven. For the information of buyers, a teapot with boiling water is shown on an electric heater.

A novelty in this ware is the "Kidibake" set made especially for children. It is of Fry transparent oven glass and comes packed in an attractive box. The set contains a small casserole and cover, a break pan, a five-inch pie plate and two two-inch ramekins.

The Fry company has prepared for an extensive advertising campaign in monthly magazines during 1922. Full color pages will be used throughout the year for the purpose of bringing to the public attention, the points of superiority in this ware. Attractive booklets for store distribution also have been prepared.


Keywords:H. C. Fry Glass Company
Researcher notes: 
Supplemental information:Fry used their 1922 patent application for Patent: 1,623,301 and one of Fred Locke's glass patents for this glass. Fry pearl dishes are sometimes embossed with "PAT.5-8-17" and sometimes include a second patent "PAT.5-27-19". The first patent is Fred Locke Patent: 1,225,147 for adding fluorin (cryolite) to improve the workability of glass. Fry obtained licenses from Fred Locke (which included several of his glass patents) and Corning Glass Works at this time to cover the pearl glass they produced. The 1919 Patent: 1,304,623. Many details of this arrangment with Fred Locke and Corning can be found in Chapter 12 of the book, Fred M. Locke: A Biography.
Researcher:Bob Stahr
Date completed:June 1, 2007 by: Elton Gish;