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I found this (serving) plate at a thrift shop. Fell in love with the colors. The back of the plate has a red bird, with the word REDWING creating the wings and HANDPAINTED seperating the body from the wings. I was told that the word handpainted may be an indication that it really wasn’t? Is this a real Red Wing? and if so, is there any value to it. The plate does have a very small chip on the edge, that has caused the plate to take on a slight change in color about a half inch into the plate at the chip. You can’t see the chip, but you can feel it. Thank you for any help you can give me. Joyce
Joyce, your plate was indeed made by Red Wing. The name of the pattern is Morning Glory. This pattern was made in two colors: Morning Glory Pink and Morning Glory Blue. Yours is obviously the pink version.
Take a closer look at the mark on the back of your plate. The logo is a not a bird, it is a stylized wing. And since the color is red (or at least dark pink) it’s a RED WING, thus making it a play on the company name as well as an extension of the famous red wing used for many years on Red Wing stoneware. The RED WING letters form the feathers on the end of the wing. "Handpainted" is included because handpainted dinnerware was a Red Wing claim to fame. Most of their competition turned to other ways to decorate their dinnerware that were less labor-intensive and thus less expensive. This logo was used on Red Wing dinnerware throughout most of the 1950s.
Morning Glory is not considered a "hot" pattern by collectors, thus common serving pieces such as your plate do not have great value. The chip and discoloration on your plate significantly reduces the value because plates in excellent condition are readily available. The size of your plate was not provided; the plate in your photo could be a dinner, salad or bread & butter plate. In excellent condition these plates would be worth $5 to $15 apiece; with the described damage the values would be half or less.