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Hello, I’m contacting you concerning my collection of Red Wing Pottery. I’ve done some research online and found they are from the Normandy Collection. Some have the upright wing, red logo and others have the oval, grey logo. The 3 tea cups do not have apples on them. I have 7 large plates, 1 med plate, and 2 saucers, a mixing bowl, small bowl and 3 tea cups. Is there anything else you can tell me about them? Like when they were made? And also what they may be valued at? Some have chips, some have crack lines. Thank you very much for your time.
Answer: Normandy was one of four patterns made in the Provincial shape. These four patterns were introduced in 1941 and were Red Wing’s first hand painted dinnerware patterns. The Orleans and Brittany patterns were produced continuously with no changes until 1950. But two very different versions of the Normandy and Ardennes patterns were made. The original Ardennes pattern was discontinued in the mid 1940s. The original version of Normandy was discontinued within a year of its introduction and is rarely seen today. This early version was not decorated with an apple. The base color was white and the decoration consisted of a wide maroon band between two narrow blue band. In 1949 Normandy and Ardennes were reintroduced. The new Normandy featured the apple seen on your plates and bowls. Smaller items like the tea cups include only the apple blossom portion of the design, presumably because there was not room to include the large apple. Hollow ware items (pitchers, teapot, S&P shakers, etc) for the later version of Normandy were available in two solid colors: Dubonnet (maroon) or Forest Green. The gray oval ink stamp was used in the late 1940s. It is found on pieces of the later version of Normandy made in 1949 and perhaps early 1950. In 1950 the familiar reddish-pink wing ink stamp replaced the gray oval. Thus Normandy pieces with the reddish-pink mark were made in 1950 or later. The later version of Normandy was discontinued in 1952.
The following value estimates assume excellent, undamaged condition. Any damage will reduce the value by 25-75% or more, depending on the extent and location of the damage.
Dinner plate: $15-25
Salad plate: $10-15
Bread & Butter plate: $7.50-10
Cup & Saucer: $15-20
Sauce dish (small bowl): $10-15
Nappy (veg bowl): $25-30