I have often wondered if Bauer had a spy in the Fiesta factory since some of the early colors are so close. Or maybe it was vice versa. Here, we have a new Fiesta baking bowl in Marigold for size comparison purposes. The Bauer #3 bowl dwarfs the largest of the post-86 Fiesta Baking Bowls (or mixing bowls).
The Fiesta Marigold bowl on the left measures 11 inches across. The Bauer bowl on the right measures 14 inches across.
The Fiesta bowl easily fits inside the Bauer bowl with plenty of room to spare.
This is the bottom of the Bauer #3 bowl. Notice the three spots where the firing prongs went into the bowl. This is a wet foot bowl, meaning it was completely fired all over. Also, the words Bauer Pottery Company and the number 3 are clearly imprinted in the base of the bowl.
This is a side by side comparison of the bottom of the bowls. Again, the size difference is incredible. Notice the white ring on the bottom of the Fiesta bowl. This would be a dry foot--meaning the bottom of the bowl sat on the firing surface, so it was not fired all around.
This is the post-86 Fiesta Persimmon covered casserole inside the Bauer bowl. The Fiesta looks so tiny in the largest bowl I own. The best part is I bought the Bauer bowl for $20.00 at an antique store. I have never met a bowl I didn't like. This is my one and only piece of Bauer, but it works well with the mass of Fiesta I own.