Streamlined water jug or pitcher

Question:

We have a yellow pitcher with a contemporary three oval relief design on two sides. It is approximately 7 3/4″ tall and 7 5/6″ wide The bottom of the vessel has embossed the letter C in a circle and the words Red Wing Pottery Inc. design patent pending USA.  It was my husband’s grandmother’s pitcher. It is has a history in 1940′s but could back as far has the name change 1938. I want to know the design history. Is there  a patent? And if so what is the patent number. I located a red tea pot like my pitcher, but have no other info. My husband is clueless as it’s history.

Answer:

The item in the photo is a yellow ”Streamlined” water jug or pitcher. In 1940 Red Wing introduced several items under the ”Streamlined” banner as part of the company’s rapidly expanding Gypsy Trail Hostess Ware line. Each piece in the Streamlined group had a design on each side that consisted of three raised ovals of decreasing size on top of each other. The items were a 64 oz water jug, covered ice box jug, 8? and 9? covered casseroles, and 2 cup and 5 cup covered teapots. The water jug had an over-the-top handle and was the only Streamlined item that did not have a cover. By June 1942 the water pitcher was the only remaining Streamlined item in the catalog and by 1944 it too had been discontinued. In later years the pitcher as listed as “Modern” rather than Streamlined. This pitcher was available several colors including yellow, blue, turquoise, orange, pink, green and cream ivory.

All of the Streamlined pitchers I’ve seen are bottom marked with same “Design Pat. Pending” wording along with the copyright symbol.  Most likely a patent was eventually issued but I am not certain of that, nor do I know the assigned patent number. Value for a yellow Streamlined pitcher in excellent condition is around $50-60.

Larry

Ardennes dinnerware, early version

Question:

I have a Redwing tea set (picture attached), and I would like to know its age and origin.  The value would be nice but not as important.  Perhaps someone else would love it and want to give it a home.

It is marked Red Wing on the bottom, and there is some staining. Thank you for any information.

Sarah

Answer:

The items in the photo are from the early version of the Ardennes dinnerware pattern.  Red Wing introduced their first four hand painted dinnerware patterns in 1941.  The shape was called Provincial and the patterns were named for the four provinces of France: Orleans, Brittany, Normandy and Ardennes.  Orleans (red rose) and Brittany (yellow rose) were produced unchanged until 1950.  The early version of Normandy was made for only one year and is very difficult to find today.  The early version of Ardennes was made for several years.  We aren’t sure of the discontinuation date but we know it was no longer available by November 1946.

The Ardennes and Normandy patterns were redesigned and reintroduced in 1949. In this version the teapot, sugar bowl and creamer were solid colored (Forest Green or Dubonnet) and were not decorated with the leaf design found on your items.

Your early Ardennes teapot with cover would be worth $100-125 in excellent condition.  The covered sugar bowl and creamer are worth $30-35 each in excellent condition.  Any damage, including stains, will reduce the value significantly.

Larry

Marigold Whipping Cream bowls

Question:

Hello,

I hope you can help determine if my item is rare and the value.  I have a Red Wing signed Marigold whipping cream bowl I see NO chip, Cracks , or Repairs . There are a few of these around on the online but none are brown . I have included some photos

Thanks

Stafford

Answer:

I don’t know a lot about these Marigold Whipping Cream bowls.  They don’t fit into any of the standard classifications used by collectors.  The bowl isn’t from any dinnerware pattern and certainly isn’t art pottery.  It harkens back to the days of stoneware but was made long after Red Wing ceased stoneware production.  I believe these bowls were made in the early 1960s and they are usually light tan in color.  I haven’t previously seen one in dark brown.

The tan bowls were undoubtedly made to promote Marigold whipping cream.  Hard to say why this bowl was glazed dark brown because the glaze obscures the Marigold advertising, so it’s doubtful it was ordered this way by the Marigold company.  It’s probably not a lunch hour piece.  Could have been a special order by a customer who liked the shape of the bowl but not the advertising.  While the color is rare, it’s probably not worth much more than the standard tan bowl because the advertising is what makes the bowl collectible.

I’d estimate the value to be in the $100-150 range.

Larry

Oval Souffle Dish from Red Wing’s Bake and Serve line, 11 inch

Question: Here is a photo of my Red Wing piece, at your request. Please let me know if you can provide any details about my casserole dish.
Thank you!
Linda

Answer:

The item in the photo shows an 11 inch Oval Souffle Dish from Red Wing’s Bake and Serve line.  This line was produced from 1961 to 1967.  Bake and Serve was a baking set, not a dinnerware pattern.  It consisted of oval and round souffle dishes, ramekins, egg dishes and casseroles.  White was the only available color.  Baking sets like Bake and Serve don’t receive much attention from collectors, thus values are low.  Your oval baking dish would be worth around $15 if it is in excellent condition.

Fantasy line dinnerware

Question:

I have a set of fantasy line dinnerware complete with 12 cups and saucers, 12 small plates, 10 dinner plates, eight small bowls, serving pieces, coffee pot, sugar and creamer, butter dish and two sets of salt and pepper shakers. Is this a rare line? I can’t seem to find one piece of this design on ebay. I am interested in selling this set but I can’t figure out it’s value. Can you help me?

Thank you.

Wendy

Answer:

The Fantasy pattern isn’t rare but it can be difficult to find.  It turns up on eBay occasionally but not routinely as seen with more common patterns.  Here are values for the Fantasy items listed.  All values assume excellent condition.

Cup & saucer:  $10-15
Salad or bread plate:  $8-12
Dinner plate:  $15-20
Cereal bowl or sauce dish:  $8-10
Beverage server with cover (coffee pot): $70-80
Sugar and creamer:  $25-30
Covered butter dish:  $30-35
Salt & pepper shakers:  $25-30

Larry

Rooster pitcher, Chevron pattern

Question:

Could you please tell me about this lovely rooster pitcher?  Is it Redwing?
When was it made? What was it called?  Any info would be appreciated!  Thank
you in advance.

Patricia

Answer:

The Rooster pitcher is definitely Red Wing.  It is from the Chevron dinnerware pattern, one of four patterns in Red Wing’s extensive Gypsy Trail line.  A colorful but undated brochure believed to be from 1937 introduced the Chevron pattern.  This brochure describes your pitcher as a “cocktail jug” and it came with a wooden dasher (stir stick) which is nearly impossible to find today.  Matching 4oz cups with rooster handles were also available.  Cups and the jug were available individually or as a ”Cocktail Set”.  Cocktail Sets were sold as a service for 4 or 8 and consisted of a cocktail jug with dasher and either four or eight cups and 8″ Chevron plates.  It is not known how long these cocktail items were produced, but Gypsy Trail catalogs dated 1940 and later do not include them.  The brochure lists blue, orange and ivory as the available colors but we have seen the jug in a variety of colors besides these three, including varying shades of pink and yellow.

The Rooster cocktail jug is popular with collectors.  It is considered scarce but not rare.  Value for a cocktail jug in excellent condition is around $150.

Larry

PS:  I’ve attached two photos.  One shows an orange jug with cups; the other shows a light blue jug with the wooden dasher.

Fondoso creamer

Question

Hello! I have a small piece of Red Wing I picked up at an auction. I was hoping to find out its value and history. I doubt it’s a very exciting piece, but I do love it! It’s a small orange pitcher about 5 inches tall and has a chip on the rim, as seen in the photo. Any information you can share your be appreciated. Thank you for your time! -Becca

Answer

The item in the photo is a creamer from the Fondoso dinnerware pattern. The pattern was designed by Belle Kogan, a well known designer who developed several other dinnerware patterns and numerous art pottery items for Red Wing.  Fondoso is part of Red Wing’s extensive Gypsy Trail line.  The pattern was introduced in 1939 and made until around 1942.  Many different pieces were made in the Fondoso pattern, ranging from plates and bowls to pitchers, teapots, casseroles and salt & pepper shakers.

The creamer would be worth $15 to $20 in excellent condition.  With the damaged rim your creamer isn’t worth much, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy it!

Random Harvest Tid Bit tray

Question:

Hello! Today I picked up a Random Harvest 3-tiered serving dish. I have not been able to find any information about this particular item and would appreciate anything you could share about it.

Thanks!

Beth

Answer:

Collectors refer to this as a tidbit tray.  Tidbit trays were not shown in dinnerware brochures or dealer price lists, but were included on ”Gift or Novelty” brochures.  The brochure included a disclaimer that tidbit trays could not be ordered for a specific pattern.  The factory would send whatever tidbit trays were available at the time of the order.

 

Tidbit trays can be found in various 1-tier, 2-tier and 3-tier configurations.  Some tidbit trays have a small bowl as the top tier.  Red Wing made and sold tidbit trays as a way to use up surplus stock.  That’s why they could not be ordered in a specific pattern.

 

Because they were not standard dinnerware production items, some collectors feel tidbit trays have no value; that are merely plates and bowls ruined by drilling a hole in the middle.  Other collectors believe they have value because they were assembled by Red Wing workers and offered for sale as novelty items.  A 3-tiered tidbit tray in excellent condition is worth around $25.

Larry

Flour Scoop, Ceramastone line

Question:

HI , my name is Corrina just found this really nice red wing flour scoop and was curios of the year and value . Thank you so much Corrina

Answer:

This item is from the Ceramastone line, Red Wing’s final line of dinnerware.  It was made in 1966-1967.  Red Wing brochures refer to this piece as a “Handled Serving Dish”.  This dark brown dish was intended to be used with either the Hearthstone Beige or Heatherstone patterns.  Value is around $25 if it is in excellent, undamaged condition.

Larry

 

Apple Casserole, Gypsy Trail Hostess Ware line

Question:

Hello,

I purchased this piece of pottery the other day and it says Redwing on the bottom(barely visible in the last picture).  Is this a Gypsy Trail Ware piece?  Can you tell me a little bit about it and its value. Also, there is a very slight crack that is very hard to see, how will that affect the value?

Thank you!

Marc

Answer:

In the early 1940s Red Wing produced numerous different fruit-shaped items as part of the Gypsy Trail Hostess Ware line. These items didn’t belong to a specific Gypsy Trail pattern; they were intended to be compatible with the entire Gypsy Trail line.  Your apple casserole was introduced in 1940 along with three sizes of bowls, casseroles, cookie jars, marmalade jars and marmites in the shapes of apples, pears and pineapples. These fruit-shaped items were made for several years then phased out. By 1944 all of them were discontinued.

A turquoise 9.5 inch apple casserole in excellent condition is worth $30-35.  Any damage reduces the value of dinnerware significantly.  My rule of thumb is to reduce the value by 25 to 75% or more depending on the extent and location of the damage.  An average hairline crack would reduce the value by about 50%.  A long hairline of several inches would reduce the value by more than short hairline.  Damage is difficult to evaluate without actually seeing the item.

Larry

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