Orleans Collection

Question:
My Daughters family of 6 house burned compleatly to the ground. She inherited from us a 106 peice set of "orleans" pattern of Red Wing potters. all in mint condition. A service for 18 cups, saucers, dinner plate, salad plate,sauce dish. A sugar and creamer,1 tea pot,2 med &1 lg Platers,4 small dishes w/lids,2 sets salt and pepper shackers, 2 serving bowls.Need value for insurence. All brocken and blackened by fire, Thank you, ASP/Jan C.

Answer:
Jan, Thank you for providing a thorough description of the Orleans collection. I can readily provide an estimated value based on the information you’ve given. Book value for this collection is around $2000, assuming all pieces are in excellent condition. This figure would be considered replacement or "retail" value. In other words, what one could expect to pay an knowledgeable antique dealer to purchase such a large set. This is not the same as the value a potential seller of such a collection should expect to realize. Thanks Larry

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Hearthstone orange dinnerware

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I am wondering what the price of Hearthstone orange dinnerware is selling for. I have 8 dinner plates, 8 large and 8 small bowls, and 4 cups. I also have 2 serving platters. It is from the late 70′s early 80′s. Orange with a brown rim. Thanks so much! Thanks Sara T.

Answer:
Sara, The Hearthstone Orange and Hearthstone Beige patterns were made by Red Wing for Sears stores. These patterns were made for only about one year, from mid-1966 until Red Wing Potteries closed in 1967. They are two of the six patterns made in the Ceramastone shape. Due to the short production time none of these patterns is very common, but they also don’t seem to be very popular with collectors. Assuming excellent condition, dinner plates are worth around $10, small bowls $5, large bowls $10, cups $5, and platters $15. Larry

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Teapot – Two Step Pattern

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A neighbor of my parents passed away and his children were putting items they thought might be of interest on the lawn for people to take. I picked up this teapot because I thought it looked interesting. I knew nothing about Red Wing, but noticed the name on the bottom. I believe it is the "Two Step" pattern. Any idea on a value for it? Thanks! Stephanie W.

Answer:
Stephanie, Your teapot is indeed from the Two Step pattern. It was made around 1960 and is not an easy piece to find. In excellent condition the value would be in the range of $50 to $75. Larry

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Futura Tampico Pattern

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My friend has a set of Red wing dinnerware- Futura 1955 pattern Tampico.(Watermelon) She has a meat platter, gravy boat, cups and saucers, plates, salt and pepper shaker, sugar bowl and creamer- approximately 30-40 pieces in total. She is wondering what the estimated value would be on this collection? Thanks Nancy H.

Answer:
Nancy, It’s difficult to answer your question because you’ve given only a partial description and an estimate of the number of pieces involved. I also need to know the condition of the items to make an accurate estimate. Assuming most of the pieces are common plates, bowls, cups, saucers and the several accessory pieces you mentioned, this lot would probably be worth in the range of $100 to $250. Value depends greatly on condition and just exactly what pieces are included. Larry

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Blossom Time Plates

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My home recented burned to the ground and I am trying to establish value for what I lost. I have a set of 8 dinner plates and 8 salad plates of the attached Red Wing pattern (logo is on back of plate), which I can not find on your site. Can you tell me the name of the pattern and an approximate value for each of the 2 plate sizes? Any help you can give me will be appreciated.

Regards, Susan

Answer:
Susan, My sympathies to you on your loss. Your plates are from the Blossom
Time pattern, made in the late 1940s to early 1950s. In excellent
condition, value would be $15 to $20 for the dinner plates and around
$10 for the salad plates.

Larry

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Deviled Egg Platter

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Hi, I have a top condition Redwing Deviled Egg Platter with the top that covers the middle \’shallow bowl\’ in the platter. I have not idea what it is worth, and could not find a comparable egg platter to price it. Can you assist me? Assume it is in EXCELLENT CONDITION. THANKS, Pete L.

Answer:
Pete, Without a photo or more complete description I can’t be much help. Red Wing introduced their egg plate with covered center section in 1952, and decorated it with many of the dinnerware patterns available at that time. Egg plates were made for most of the Concord patterns as well as the two Fancy Free patterns.

None of these egg plates are easy to find, especially with the cover. But some patterns are more rare and/or more highly collected than others and thus can have considerably more value. Low end would be around $50 to $75; upper end would be $200 to $300 for certain patterns.

Larry

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Concord Fruit Dinnerware

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A relative recently came across a box of RW Concord Fruit Dinnerware. She has 12 Supper Trays (or at least I think that is what they are with the divisions and place for cup) as well as 13 of the matching cups. She also has two matching plates or platters. Any ideas on the value of her "find"? Would it be best to post on a RW website for sale? Or is Ebay a good place to sell them? Should the set be maintained or sold as individual pieces? Sorry, no pictures as of yet…will try to obtain them when I see her next. Thanks! Amy

Answer:
Amy,
Photos or a more thorough description of your Fruit items would
help. The supper trays were made in two sizes: 10.5"inch square
shape and 12" x 9.5" oblong. The square shape is more common than
the oblong. There are also two cup sizes: the standard tea cup which
is only a couple of inches high or the much deeper and quite rare
coffee cup which is nearly 4 inches high. The value of one square
tray and tea cup set would be around $25. Add another $10 if the
tray is oblong, and double the value if the cup is a coffee cup.

As for selling, you’ll probably not find a buyer willing to pay top
dollar for all 12 sets. I’d sell them one or two sets at a time;
perhaps with an option for the buyer to purchase additional sets at
the same price. The RWCS website currently does not display ads to
buy or sell, but another Red Wing site (Wing Tips) does allow the
public to post ads. Such an ad or eBay would probably be your best
bet for obtaining the best price, but in selling there are no
guarantees with any method. Much depends on whether you expect to
achieve top dollar and are willing to expend some effort, or if you
are willing to accept less but sell it all at once to a single buyer.

Larry

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True China

Question:
I recently inherited a True China,from 1960,two tier serving tray. I was interesting if you knew any history behind it and its value.
Thank-you, Lisa Johnson

Answer:
Lisa, A photo or more thorough description of your tiered tray would help.
True China is a Red Wing dinnerware line (or shape) that was made in
8 different patterns. The tiered trays were made from various sizes
of plates and bowls. Without more information I really don’t know
what you have.

While tiered trays are listed in at least one Red Wing sales
brochure, they were primarily made to be sold at the Red Wing Pottery
Salesroom. This was a company-owned store where Red Wing
sold surplus and second quality items. Workers drilled a hole in
the center of a piece, and the store staff assembled them into tiered
trays. The type of trays made depended on the surplus pieces that
were sent to the store.

While some people appreciate the tiered trays, most collectors
consider these to be damaged pieces due to the drilled holes. Value
is generally low, in the $10 to $25 range depending on the pieces and
dinnerware pattern involved.

Thanks, Larry

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Mystery Plate

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I am trying to determine value of inherited Red Wing dinnerware. square plates, dark grey/black bottom, face is ivory with red/green. Can you help? Thanks Pam

Answer:
Pam, From your description I cannot identify your plates. A photo would
certainly help. Are these plates marked Red Wing? Your description
of the square shape and the color scheme does not fit any Red Wing
pattern. Thanks Larry

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Random Harvest

Question:
My mother has an extensive set of Random Harvest pieces – all mint condition except one broken cup. I’d like to get a current price list for the pieces. Thanks Ruth

Answer:
Sorry we have no information handy. Sorry

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