Friar Tuck Cookie Jar

Question:
Friar Tuck Cookie Jar 10 1/2\" high x 6\" base – (5\" lid)yellow with beige trim.
1. Do you know where one can be purchased?
2. What would be the cost to purchase Friar Tuck?
3. About when were they made?
Thank you. PJ

Answer:
The Friar Tuck cookie jar was introduced in 1941, along with the Katrina and Pierre the Chef cookie jars. These jars were very popular and sold well for many years. The endpoint for production is uncertain. However, a July 1955 price list includes the Chef but not the Friar or Katrina. This list also introduces the King of Tarts and Carousel cookie jars. I believe the cookie jar line-up was changed at this point, with the Friar and Katrina discontinued in favor of new models.

These jars were made in several colors, and current prices reflect the scarcity of the color. Yellow with beige trim is the most common and thus would command lower prices than other colors. The condition of the jar is another important factor when pricing these jars. Chips and cracks are very common, as are greasy stains from the cookies stored in the jar. Despite the high production numbers, finding these jars today without a chip, crack or stain can be a challenge.

A yellow Friar Tuck would retail for around $100 to $125 in excellent condition. The damage described above reduces the value significantly. Friar Tuck and his companion cookie jars are routinely available on eBay, and the yellow jars usually sell for under $100. While I cannot suggest any specific shop, this jar shouldn’t be too difficult to find in antique shops. They are definitely available out there. Thanks, Larry

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Magic Leaf

Question:
I have a 6 place settings of the Red Wing pattern-MAGIC LEAF. A photo of the pattern is on your website. What can you tell me about the pattern.
1. when and where was it made, history of the pattern
2. what is the value of the set, which includes sugar, creamer, vegetable dish and platter.
3. Are there people seeking to purchase this pattern?
thank you

Answer:
The current value for a Leaf Magic dinner plate in excellent
condition is $25 to $50.

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Morning Glory Pink

Question:
In the 1940′s in Minnesota my mother purchased service for 12 dinnerware in the Morning Glory Red pattern. Some pieces are now missing are slightly chipped or crazed, but I’d like to find out how much they might be worth and where to go to get the best price for them. She has the large dinner plates (these have the most wear), salad plates, cups & saucers, buffet trays (dinnerware designed for putting your food and cup on the same plate) as well as a couple of casseroles, and some other serving pieces. I see a fair amount of the blue morning glory on eBay, etc. but not much of the red. Any info you can give be would be most welcome. Thanks!

Answer:
Morning Glory Pink is a pretty pattern but doesn’t seem to be highly
collected. Supply appears to be greater than the demand. Common
plates, cups, saucers and bowls don’t attract much attention or many
dollars. Value for these in excellent condition would be in the $5 to
$10 range. Chipped or cracked pieces will have minimal value.

Less common pieces such as your buffet trays (Red Wing called them
Supper Service trays) have greater value. These trays were made in
two sizes: 10.5" rounded square (similar shape to the dinner plate)
and 12" x 9" rectangular shape. Both of these were divided into
three sections and had a place to rest a cup. In excellent condition
the value of these trays would be in the $25 to $35 range apiece.
Casseroles in excellent condition are worth around $25.

I don’t advise people on how to sell their items. eBay is an obvious
option but involves some work for the seller. A local auction house
may be a possibility if it attracts Red Wing collectors. An antique
dealer may purchase your entire set but will not offer retail
prices. Consignment shops are another option. Consignment sellers
are also becoming more prevalent on eBay; you simply drop off your
items and let the consignment seller handle the rest. Of course the
seller takes a cut of the sale so you realize less in return. Each
option has pros and cons. You need to decide what is most important
to you — quick sale of all items, little or no work, highest
possible price, etc. Thanks Jeff and Sue

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Bobwhite two-section serving bowl

Question:
I’m looking for a home for a couple of pieces of Redwing pottery. I have a 15" Redwing Pottery Bobwhite pitcher and a roughly L-shaped 14" by 10" Bobwhite two-section serving bowl, both of which miraculously survived my college years and several decades of storage in my attic. Both are un-chipped, although the pitcher does appear to have a 3/8" hairline discoloration adjacent to the spout although the glaze appears intact. Could you tell me what they might be worth?

Answer:
Peter, I found no photo included with your question, but I’ll work with your descriptions. The L-shaped two-section dish sounds like a divided vegetable dish. Shops often ask around $50 for them but the ones I’ve seen at auction usually sell in the $20 to $30 range.

Bob White water pitchers (with an ice stop) were made in two sizes. The 60 oz size is about 11.5 inches high while the 112 oz size is about 14.5 inches high. There is also a beverage server with stopper; it has a flat rim (no ice stop) and is about 12.5 inches high. If your 15 inch measurement is accurate you have a large 112 oz water pitcher, which is a relatively difficult piece to find. Prices seem to range widely for this pitcher. I’ve seen them sell for under $50 and for more than $150 in excellent condition. A good ballpark value would be around $100. The hairline in your pitcher will reduce the value by 25 to 50%. Without a photo it’s impossible for me to assess the damage. Larry

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Finding Lotus Dinnerware

Question:
Hello! Very excited to find the RWCS site! My mother had the Red Wing Lotus Bronze set (pretty much a full set), and I am trying to replace it … starting from scratch. I have purchased a couple pieces via eBay (it’s the piecemeal delivery charges that are killing me! driving the prices up more than twice the price). I wonder if there is a better way to do this. Should I plan a trip to MN and go through the shops? Or, is the convention a better route in the summer? It breaks my heart I no longer have the set, which I love dearly. Any ideas? Many thanks, Mary Zimnik, Atlanta, GA

P.S. This is a dumb question, I know. Once I have the set, is it okay to use it? I know they need to be washed by hand, and I would only use for special occasions, but is it considered, in general, the idea that these collectables are to be used? THANKS!

Answer:
Mary, Ebay can be a great source for Red Wing dinnerware, but as you state the shipping charges can kill you. Lotus dinnerware is relatively inexpensive but it is heavy — the shipping could easily be more than the purchase price. And of course there’s always concern your purchase may arrive as a box of shards rather the dinnerware you expected.

Fortunately the Lotus pattern was made in large numbers and most pieces are quite easy to find. No guarantees of course, but undoubtedly you’d find Lotus available in antique and second-hand shops in MN and surrounding states. And no doubt there will be Lotus dinnerware at the RWCS convention and the many sales that take place in town that week. Somewhere along the way you’ll probably even be lucky enough to find most of the pieces you seek in one location. But where will that be? Who knows?

And there you have the two opposite ways to seek your Red Wing prey: The ease of shopping eBay from your computer, with the expensive and risk of shipping. Or the thrill of hunting out in the marketplace, with no guarantee that your travel time and expense will reap any reward.

You might consider placing a classified ad in the RWCS newsletter or on the Wing Tips website. You might just might reach the person who has what you seek, and if you are really lucky you’ll be able to complete your transaction enroute to Red Wing or at the convention.

But if that fails, you’ll have to resort to hunting in the shops the old fashioned way. Remember, the hunt is at least half the fun of collecting. I tend to seek out common pieces in shops and at auctions, and use eBay to find the more difficult pieces I need.

Once you have your set of Lotus, there’s no reason you shouldn’t use it. Special occasions are fine, but some people (like my family) use Red Wing for our everyday dishes. Try to obtain a few extra pieces on the cheap so you’ll have a spare if one gets damaged in use. Handwashing your collectable dishes is obviously the safe way to go rather than a dishwasher. Good luck! Larry

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Redwing Dinnerware

Question:
I have what appears to be a piece of Redwing dinner ware that was a gift to my parents around 50 years ago. It consists of a large serving tray that has a metal rod base supporting it with two matching handles on the base it is also set up for two candle type heaters beneath it, along with that goes a large glazed matching carafe with cork and glazed stopper this also has a base of heavy wire that has provisions for heating candles or oil. It was given to my parents a gift from a friend of theirs that I barely remember and my siblings were saying just dump it but I had to check it out on the web and am glad I did as I do enjoy older things that have a history behind their manufacture. Any help you gould give me of if would be greatly appreciated. If a photo or 2 would help just let me know . Thanx Paul W.

Answer:
Paul, it’s a good thing you didn’t listen to your siblings. Dumping these beauties would have been a real shame. You have two wonderful and valuable pieces of Smart Set, a pattern from the 1950s. Smart Set was Red Wing’s first pattern in the Casual shape and was introduced in 1953. Production continued into the late 1950s. While Smart Set is not a rare pattern, the classic 1950s design is very popular with collectors and commands good prices. Most everyday serving pieces can be found with relative ease, but accessory pieces such as yours are much harder to locate.

You have a 20 inch platter and a beverage server with cover, as well as the accompanying wrought iron stands. The platter and server are valuable on their own, but together with the stands they are worth significantly more. Over the years many of the stands were lost or discarded by their owners; today they highly sought by collectors looking to build a complete set.

You don’t mention the condition of your items but from the photos they seem to be in excellent condition. Chips, cracks, stains, etc reduce the value significantly but your items appear to be very clean. The stands seem to be in excellent condition (no rust or tarnish) and they still have the little rubber feet that fit on the end of the legs. Assuming excellent and complete condition, the Smart Set covered beverage server with stand and the 20 inch platter with stand are each worth around $150 to $200.

Larry

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Daisy Chain Dishes

Question:
I just received a set of Daisy Chain Redwing dishes with service for 12, I believe. I am interested in selling the china. Any thoughts about the most effective way to do this? Thanks Sue

Answer:
Sue, It is difficult to answer this question because your location, condition of the dishes and ability to ship the items are just some of the considerations. The most typical ways people sell items in through Ebay, newspaper ads, Garage or Estate sales, Antique Malls or you could purchase an ad in the RWCS Newsletter Classifieds. Jeff and Sue

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Crazy Rhythm Pattern

Question:
We just bought a set of cups, saucers, creamer etc. at a flea market and the sign said the pattern is "Crazy Rythms." I cannot find this pattern on your page and wonder if there is a coffee pot that goes with it. Thanks Michael

Answer:
Yes Michael, Red Wing made a beverage server with cover in the Crazy Rhythm pattern. Most people would consider this a coffee pot, and undoubtedly that was its primary use. It’s about the size of the 2 quart water pitcher but it has a spout and cover instead of an ice stop. It’s not an easy piece to find but there are some out there. Value is around $100 to $125 in excellent condition.

Larry

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Leaf Magic Pattern

Question:
I would like more information on the Redwing pattern "Leaf Magic". Who or where should I contact. Thank you. Lana

Answer:
Lana, the only piece made with the Leaf Magic design is the dinner plate. It was made to go with pieces from the Quartette pattern.

Quartette first appears in a January 1951 price list. This documention does not mention Leaf Magic, so apparently it was introduced after the initial production of Quartette. Quartette consists of Concord shaped pieces in four solid colors — Ming Green, Chartreuse, Copper Glow and Mulberry. All pieces, including covers for the casseroles, teapots, sugar bowls, etc, are solid colored. The buyer could purchase a set in any one color or could mix & match colors as desired.

Leaf Magic plates are first mentioned in a July 1951 document, six months after the introduction of Quartette. A January 1952 Red Wing price list describes Leaf Magic this way: "The decoration of this plate has 3 leaves with the color on one-half of each leaf in Chartreuse and the other one-half of leaf is painted one of the remaining Quartette colors, i.e. Ming Green, Copper Glow or Mulberry, with white overglaze. For additional pieces to make up the service Quartette is used." In other words, Leaf Magic was a more colorful dinner plate that could be substituted for the standard solid colored dinner plates when purchasing a set of Quartette dinnerware.

Larry

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Lexington Serving Plate

Question:
We were given, as a wedding gift in 1966, a Lexington (Rose) serving plate. I used it whenever I made blueberry upside-down cake (in a 10 1/2 inch cast iron skillet) because it was large enough that the juices did not run off the edge. It was NOT the oval chop plate nor was it the 11 inch dinner plate (cake would have spread over the edges). Unfortunately, a friend dropped and broke it quite some time ago. Now, when I tell other Redwingers that I am looking for a Lexington (Rose) square/round plate larger than 11 inches, they tell me such a piece does not exist. Are they right and my memory is really that bad? Or is that elusive piece still out there somewhere? If it is, I’m offering a blueberry upside-down cake as a reward for finding me one. Thanks Char

Answer:
Char, unless you had a rare one-of-a-kind piece I don’t think the platter you describe was Lexington. Could you be confusing Lexington with one of the other Red Wing patterns that feature a red rose? Lexington was introduced in 1941 and continued production until 1956. Unless you received a used item, it’s doubtful any new Lexington platters were available to serve as a wedding gift in 1966. On the other hand, unlike other Concord patterns Lexington platters were made in two sizes. The initial 1941 platter was 10.5 x 14 inches — more oblong than oval in shape. It was replaced by the more commonly found 10.5 x 13 inch chop plate in the mid-1940s. But even this hard-to-find larger platter wouldn’t meet your needs since it is only 10.5 inches wide in one direction.

As for other rose patterns, Blossom Time is also in the Concord shape but was never made in the larger 10.5 x 14 platter and was also discontinued in the mid-1950s. Red Wing Rose was introduced in the later 1950s and was discontinued after only a few years, but it’s the rose pattern most likely to have still been available in 1966. A big 15 inch oval platter was available, but your 11 inch cake would likely spill over the sides in the short direction.

That leaves us with Orleans. Orleans was introduced in 1941 and continued production until 1950. Like Lexington, Orleans featured a red rose. But unlike Lexington’s squarish plates and platters, Orleans plates and platters were round. And the platters were made in 12 inch and 14 inches sizes. Your 11 inch cake might be a tight squeeze on the 12 inch platter but would easily fit the 14 inch platter. Like Lexington, the Orleans pattern was discontinued long before your 1966 wedding. But sizewise, of the red rose patterns made by Red Wing the Orleans 14 inch platter would certainly be the best fit for your cake. Could this be the platter you seek?

Larry

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