This jet black mid-Century beauty is an absolutely extraordinary and difficult find. It is eyecatching in a glossy matte finish, complete with a correct vintage glass lid and is a wonderful find for a higher-end Pyrex collector.
This piece is a No. 503 refrigerator dish, holding 1-1/2 quarts. It has a VERY hard to see correct vintage bottom marking. Size is approximately 9-1/2 inches long, inches wide and 2-1/2 inches deep.
CONDITION is absolutely fabulous, with NO cracks, chips, rough edges or flakes on either piece.
The dish is superb, with rich black color and beautiful contrasting milk glass. We were able to find one hard to notice hairline of a scratch and a several tiniest wear rubs on one corner (LOOKING HARD). SEE OUR LAST PICTURES PLEASE where these are pointed out with yellow V's.
The Lid is also marked Pyrex. It is an OLDER, mid-century lid with a wide clear band down its center. A row of ribbing enhances each side. (Newer lids have ribbing over the entire lid.)
BACKGROUND: Following World War II, potluck dinners, buffets and casserole baking popularity were soaring in American homes. Taking advantage of this trend, Pyrex coordinated with the Krischer Metal Products of Brooklyn, New York, to create a line of kitchenware with metalware frames and holders, utilizing Krischer's Rodney Kent line. Pyrex named their production "Rodney Kent Starline Series." Pieces consisted of refrigerator ware, casseroles and buffet accessories.