The first piece of Primrose I ever found was a lone snack tray, without the cup, at a thrift store. At the time I didn't know Fire King from a fire place, but it was love at first sight and I took my snack tray home for 99 cents. Shortly after I started working at the antique mall and learned all about Fire King, McKee, Hazel Atlas, Jeannette, Pyrex, etc. I really like certain lines from each company but Fire King is my favorite overall. My attraction to Primrose is definitely due to the colors. I love that the leaves are grey instead of the traditional green and pink and red are one of my favorite color combinations.
Primrose was produced from 1960 to 1962 which is a very short lived production for glassware. It was only available in two catalogs. Like a lot of Fire King Ovenware pieces they were guaranteed against oven breakage for two years with normal use. Stores would give you a new item in exchange for the broken pieces. Primrose decals are easily worn and faded. They do not survive the dishwasher, you see many pieces that sadly had that happen.
I haven't added a piece to my collection in probably two years (mostly because it's so hard to find) and I don't use my pieces because they scratch so easily but I still enjoy them. I encourage all my collecting friends to find a pattern they love and collect it, whether it's fine china or glassware. I will probably never have the $295 gravy boat or $275 shakers in my collection but the thrill of the hunt is still there.
What patterns do you collect? Show me a picture!