Pacific Hostessware Color Apache Red
Pacific Hostessware Color Apricot
Pacific Hostessware Color Lemon Yellow
Pacific Hostesware Color Silver Green
Pacific Hostessware Color Aqua
Pacific Hostessware Color Delph Blue
Pacific Hostessware Color Pac Blue
Pacific Hostessware Color Sierra White
Pacific Hostessware Color Black
Pacific Hostessware Color Sand
Pacific Hostessware Color Specialty

Since many dinnerware manufacturers were working with the same color palette during the 1930s, each tried to distinguish their lines by incorporating new or distinguishing colors. According to various company catalogs and advertisements, Pacific “officially” added the apricot glaze around 1936. However, I believe that Pacific was producing the glaze prior to that period as it has been seen on early Hostessware pieces. It wouldn’t be surprising if they tested it out before more widely distributing it.

Apricot transitioned during its run. Early iterations of the glaze are orangey-sand in color and very dark, with almost a rustic matte finish. At some point, perhaps a year or two into production, Apricot takes on a more modern high-gloss pinky-orange hue. When I first started collecting Hostessware, I thought they were two separate glazes. Today, I typically refer to Apricot in its two iterations: Early and Later. The glazes are distinct enough that I track them separately in my own inventory.

Apricot was not a very popular color, representing about 10% of pieces found, making it difficult to collect. Pacific did use Apricot occasionally in their Decorated Hostessware, but it is extremely rare. I’ve only come across a handful of pieces.