Capistrano use in Microwave & Dish Washer

Question:

Hello.  I’ve just received some plates & bowls that are redwing capistrano.  They are an unusual “retro” style.  I really like them, and I plan to use them.  Can they go into the microwave?  Can they go into the dishwasher?

 

Thanks for your help!

 

Linda

Answer:

Can Capistrano dinnerware be safely used with microwaves and dishwashers?  The best answer I can give is “probably”. Over the years nearly all of Red Wing’s promotional literature for their dinnerware states it is “Oven Proof”. In the late 1950s “Detergent Safe” was added to the brochures. But dishwashers and microwaves were not common household appliances at this time, and the brochures do not mention using Red Wing dinnerware in them. I’m not aware of any organized effort to study this issue, so trial and error is the only real way to verify whether or not your dishes can safely be used in these appliances.

While I have no experience with Capistrano or its sister patterns in the dishwasher, my family did routinely wash a later pattern (Charstone Bleu) in our dishwasher for nearly 20 years with no ill effect. If the dishes are intact — no chips or cracks — they should be safe to use in a dishwasher. You might want to run one or two pieces through the wash cycle a couple of times as a test before trying it with the full set. You might also want to consider buying a couple of inexpensive pieces for such a test.

I really can’t recommend using Capistrano dinnerware in a microwave.  Keep in mind these dishes are 50 to 60 years old.  They probably have normal wear and tear from years of use.  Plates and bowls likely have tiny scratches in the surface of the glaze. If the dishes have been stored away unused for all these years then perhaps it would be OK.  But even so it’s worth remembering that Capistrano was not made to “microwave safe” standards since they didn’t exist at the time. In my opinion it would be better to use a modern dish to heat the food in the microwave, then transfer the food to your Capistrano dishes before serving.

Larry

Red Wing apple cookie jar

Question:

Hi!
 
I’m looking for a little more information on a pale green Red Wing apple cookie jar that I found recently.  I went through all the archived questions and found lots of helpful information regarding other cookie jars in the series and the apple marmalade pieces but not on this specific piece.  I found an estimated value of $200+ in Warman’s Red Wing Pottery book but know that the condition dictates that price.  It’s in decent condition but does show crazing and dark spots in the glaze.  There is one small chip on the inside rim of the lid.  Attached you’ll find pictures of my piece.  I’ve read it was part of the Gypsy Trail Hostess line and was made during the late 30s.  Any other information/value you could offer would be greatly appreciated! 
 
Thank you,
Jamie

Answer:

Red Wing introduced a wide variety of fruit-shaped items as part of its Gypsy Trail Hostess Ware line in 1940.  Production continued through 1943. Cookie jars were made in the shape of an apple, pear, pineapple, bunch of bananas, cluster of grapes and even a cabbage.  Colors available over the years were orange, blue, yellow, turquoise, pink, green and cream ivory. The $200 value stated by Warman is no longer valid, and in my opinion was overstated.  Current value for a green apple cookie jar in mint condition would be half that amount, around $100.  The jar in the photos looks to be in good condition but crazing, stains and the chip will reduce the value.  It’s impossible to assess damage from a photo, but I’d guess the value of this cookie jar would be reduced by 25 to 50%.

Larry

Provinicial Ware set list

Question:

Hi,

I am writing you to find out about the availability of a Red Wing terra cotta bean pot. My husband recently broke broke my mom’s bean pot. I know it was over 50 years old. My mom used it for every family gathering and I too used it frequently. I foolishly ordered one from Ebay and it is too small. What is the biggest size made and are they difficult to come by? My bean pot is a family tradition and I would like it to continue.

 

Thank you for your time.

Carol

Answer:

I think you seek a Provincial Cooking Ware bean pot, but from your email, most likely it is a stock pot, which is very similar to a bean pot but with somewhat straighter sides.  Here are the available sizes and the two digit number this is stamped on the side of each them.  All of these items came with a cover.

Deep Casserole:
2 qt        #10
2.5 qt     #11
3 qt        #12
4 qt        #13
5 qt        #16

Bean Pot:
1 qt          #27
1.25 qt     #21 

Stock Pot:
2 qt        #28
4 qt        #29
6 qt        #30

Larry

Orleans dinnerware: large casserole and cream soup bowls

Question:

hello. my name is Deb Bash. this is a Redwing set my grandmother had and never used. probably from the 1940′s. do you have any information?  The set has the tureen and 8 soup bowls with lids, all in perfect condition. 

Deb

Answer:

The photo shows items from the Orleans dinnerware pattern, which was made from 1941 to 1950. The large item is a covered casserole.  The other items are cream soup bowls. These were available either with or without a cover. The covered casserole is worth $50 to 60. The cream soups are worth $35 to 45 each with a cover or $10 to 15 each without a cover. 

All values assume excellent condition.

Larry

Five section nut or relish dish

Question

I have this piece and it’s marked Red Wing on the bottom and does have a small chip.

Molly

Answer

The five section nut or relish dish was introduced by Red Wing in 1956.  Initially the dish was decorated in various art pottery glazes and bottom marked RED WING USA and 446.  The green dish in the photo was made in the late 1950s.  Around 1960 the art pottery colors were dropped as well as the 446 mark on the bottom.  At this point only the familiar beige fleck glaze was used and the nut/relish dish was promoted on “Novelty or Gift Item” brochures. Nut/relish dishes with the beige fleck glaze are very common and worth around $15. Some beige fleck dishes were decorated with Bob White and Tampico artwork; these are scarce and worth $50-75 each.  The older nut/relish dishes in pottery colors are worth around $25.  All values assume excellent condition. 

Larry

Provincial Cooking Ware

Question:

At an auction I acquired this pitcher with a star on the bottom. I can’t find any information about it. Could you help me? No chips, cream colored inside, grapes on outside over a small squares background. zigzag line at top and bottom. Also obtained this set of provincial ware. Any idea of values?

Thanks,

Mary

Answer:

Provincial Cooking Ware was a line of cooking and baking items produced by Red Wing during the World War II years.  The set consists of pots, casseroles, baking dishes and fry pans in various sizes.  Values are rather low for Provincial Cooking Ware because it is not a dinnerware pattern, only a line of bake ware.  No dimensions were provided for the items in the photos so I can’t positively identify them, but values would be around $15 for each if they are in excellent condition. 

Larry

Iris pattern supper trays

Question: What are these trays worth and what is the pattern?

Answer: these are from the Iris pattern and are consider supper trays. A 10.5 inch Iris supper tray is worth $30 to $40.

Larry

Blossom Time dinnerware pattern cup and saucer

Question:

Would you be able to tell me the history and what the logo says, time period? Thank you Carlo

Answer:

The photo shows a cup and saucer from the Blossom Time dinnerware pattern, one of the many patterns made in the Concord shape.  Blossom Time was produced from 1950 to 1955.  There is no logo in the photo, so I am unable to address that question.  Value for a Blossom Time cup and saucer in excellent condition is $8 to $12. 

Larry

Desert pattern supper tray and cup

Question:

 

Hi, I’m hoping you can help me!  I’m getting my grandparents home cleaned out and came across several red wing pieces.  The ones I’m really having trouble pricing are items from the Desert/Fancy Free line.  I have 8 supper trays (I think that’s what they’re called – like sectioned plates?) and 4 cups.  From the research I’ve tried to do, it appears these are fairly rare and collectible.  Do you have any price estimates on these pieces?  I appreciate any information you can provide me with.

Jaclyn

Answer:

The cactus-themed Desert pattern is very popular with collectors and not easy to find.  Desert supper tray are scarce.  Value for a supper tray in excellent condition is $50-60.  The cup is worth around $25 in excellent condition.

Larry

Tweed Tex platter and a Tweed Tex bread tray

Question:

Hello,
I have enclosed a few pictures for the experts to help me determine a value for.  They are boyh Red Wing pieces.  One is a platter that is 15″x12″  and the other is a Bread Plate that is 7.25″X10.5 .  They are both tweed tex and they were bought at the same estate sale.  Both are in excellent condition with no flaws anywhere.  The Red wing on the Bread plate is somewhat smudged for some reason but other than that they are both great.  We can’t find a value anywhere so we thought we’d ask for your help.  It’s much appreciated.  We probably will sell these if the price is right. If you need more or better photos and I will get them right back to you.
 
Thanks
Rob and Caryl

Answer:

The photos show a Tweed Tex platter and a Tweed Tex bread tray.  Tweed Tex is one of six patterns produced in the Anniversary shape and was made from 1953 to 1956.  The ink stamp used for Tweed Tex is unique to this pattern.  It is the standard wing-shaped pink-red stamp used on most dinnerware made from 1950 to 1957 but with the words “HAND PAINTED” removed from the middle.  Values for Tweed Tex tend to be a bit lower than for the hand painted Anniversary patterns.  The platter is worth $20-30; the bread tray $30-40 assuming excellent condition.

Larry

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