A rather nice 22cm clear glass casserole dish, made under the Phoenix brand. It is in a beehive domed round style with unusual Art Deco style handles. We think it was manufactured pre-World War II. In good condition throughout this came from a working kitchen. It has minor signs of wear but no chips or cracks.
Phoenix was the brand name for the British Heat Resisting Glass Company Ltd. The company was established in 1930 in Bilston in the Black Country and started producing glassware in 1934. Phoenix seems to have been a competitor to the American company Pyrex which produced in the UK through a license to a Leeds company. Although similar Phoenix relied on a different heat resistant patent to Pyrex and was able to market itself as the British version. A lot of the products were very similar.
By 1964 the company had 750 employees in Bilston, but sadly as competition grew the company began to stall and closed it's doors in 1970. The former factory site is now an industrial park.
There are examples of Phoenix Casserole dishes in the Victoria and Albert Museum.