I inherited many pieces of ? redwing pottery. I know the water pitcher is redwing because it is marked. The 21 mugs, creams & covered sugars, salt & pepper set, and onion soup bowls / individual casserole bowls are not marked. Do they look like real redwing and did redwing not mark all the items made? Thanks for any help you can give me, Ruth
Ruth, The photo included with your question shows five items. The creamer shown in front to the left side is from Red Wing’s Bakeware pattern. This pattern is commonly called "Oomph" due to misinterpretation of a company brochure. The sugar bowl in the middle of the back row is from the same pattern but has the wrong cover — it should be brown rather than green. The other items in the photo (mug, S&P shakers, small casserole) are not Red Wing. You’ll notice the green color seems a bit more blue than on the Red Wing pieces. "Louisville" is the name I’ve seen used for these pieces, although I’m not sure if that is the name of the pattern or the pottery that made them.
Red Wing’s Bakeware and Village Green patterns, as well as "Louisville" and perhaps other patterns, feature a combination of dark brown and green colors. They are easily confused with each other, and it is very common to find these patterns mixed and combined in a single collection. Perhaps the original owners preferred certain designs from each of these patterns and combined them?
It’s true that Red Wing did not mark all of their items. Larger items tend to be marked more frequently than smaller ones but there is little consistency from pattern to pattern, or even within the same pattern. Thanks, Larry