This 15 piece Monax Petalware luncheonette was made in the 1940’s by MacBeth Evans Glass. It’s made from their Monax (white) glass line and is decorated with the hand painted Primary Bands pattern.
What’s it Worth?
The set shown above was missing one cup, but was in otherwise near mint condition. It sold in our Etsy shop to a collector in Ohio for $110 in 2012. A similar but full set in the Regency (gold trim) pattern is priced $129. Single large serving plates or cake plates with the Pastel Bands pattern will sell for $40-50 each.
A Brief History
In the 1930’s MacBeth Evans Glass introduced four complete dinnerware lines: American Sweetheart, Dogwood, S-Pattern and Petalware. Petalware was originally manufactured in crystal and pink, but within a few years the dishes were released in their Monax glass (instead of clear glass) which had a translucent white color. By 1936 the company had also released Petalware dishes that had a fired on all-over color, which were sold in sets that included red, blue, green and yellow.
In the mid-1930’s Corning (the makers of Pyrex) and MacBeth Evans merged. Corning tweaked the white Monax color and developed Ivrene, which was more ivory in color. (Ivrene eventually came to be known as Cremax which had more of a cream color.)
The merger gave Corning the formula they needed to develop affordable glass dish sets that would compete with more expensive china sets, which were becoming highly fashionable at that time. Petalware was also decorated with gold rims, flowers, and other hand painted designs, to more closely replicate fine china and attract buyers.
Corning also used the original Monax glass color formula to expand its own Pyrex line, developing their first line of opal kitchen ware, which included the iconic primary mixing bowl set among others.
At some point Corning bought out MacBeth Evans but they continued to produce the Petalware line of dishes into the 1950’s.