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

Golden Viking Dinnerware pattern

Question:

I was wondering if you can tell me how much these pieces from a set of Redwing Dinnerware – Golden Viking pattern 1956 – is worth.

9 Saucers – 4 excellent condition and 5 w/small chips
5 Cups – 3 cup excellent and 2 w/small chips
1 Butter Dish w/lid (dish is chipped)
6 Bowls – Excellent condition
1 Coffee Carafe w/lid – Excellent condition
1 Relish Dish – Excellent condition
1 Platter – Excellent condition
1 Oval Bowl – Excellent condition
4 8.5″ Plates -3 are excellent and 1 has a small chip

Would you know of any collectors that may be interested in purchasing any orf these pieces?

Thank You! Dan

Answer: Dan

Values for items shown in the photo:
Cups – These cups were not made by Red Wing and are not part of the Golden Viking pattern.
Saucers – $5-10 each
Butter Dish w/lid – $40
Sauce Bowls – $5-10 each
Coffee Carafe w/lid – $70-80
Relish Dish – $20-25
Platter – $20-25
Oval Veg Bowl – $20-25 each
8.5″ Plates – $5-10

These values are for items in excellent condition.  I do not assign dollar values to damaged items unless I have a clear image of the flaw.   Any damage will reduce the value significantly, generally by 25 to 75% depending on the extent and location of the damage.

Larry

Provincial dinnerware, rust color

Question:

Hi!

I acquired this set of, what I think is, Oomph dinnerware last summer.  I am curious to the value of this set and if I decide to sell it, where/how I would do that.

It’s not a complete set and some of the pieces have small chips. Any information you have is greatly appreciated!

Answer:

The dinnerware in the photo is not Oomph, which was dark brown and green and made in the 1940s.  This rust colored dinnerware was known as Provincial and was made in the early 1960s.  It was made to go with the Provincial Bakeware set of casseroles, bean pots, and other baking dishes.  Provincial dinnerware is hard to find today but it doesn’t attract much attention from collectors, probably because due to the limited number of items included in the pattern.

Can’t really tell from the photo but this appears to be a service for eight with a few accessory pieces included.  If all pieces were in mint condition I would put the value of this collection at $300 to $400.  Any damage reduces the value considerably, usually by 25 to 75% or more.  The more severe the damage, the greater the reduction.  The salt & pepper shakers, sugar and creamer, and the butter dish are the most valuable pieces in this collection.  If they are in undamaged condition it might be worthwhile to offer them separately from the rest of the set.

Larry

 

Streamlined water jug, Gypsy Trail Hostess Ware line

Question:

I got this can you tell me what it is and how old it is.

Answer:

Your pitcher is a Streamlined water jug. In 1940 Red Wing introduced several items under the name “Streamlined” 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. Value for a turquoise Streamlined pitcher in excellent condition is around $50 if it is in excellent condition.

Fancy Free line Desert Pattern

Question:

I have 40 pieces. Overall, It appears the set has never been used. Below is a detailed list of each item. 29 pieces have very minor chips, varying from 1-4 chips on sides and backs. 11 pieces are damage free. If you want more information and photos, I have approximately 97 photos of each piece. The photos include the chips, any factory defects and the marked number of the piece.  I really appreciate any help and information you may be able to assist me in knowing what I have in my possession. My Mother passed away in October 2013. The dinnerware was in storage and this is the first I have laid eyes on it. Again thank you for your time.

Suzie

 

Answer:

The cactus-themed pattern you have is called Desert.  It is very popular with collectors and not easy to find. Desert was one of two patterns in the Fancy Free line, the other was Caprice. The Fancy Free patterns were designed by Belle Kogan, a well-known designer from New York who produced many art pottery designs for Red Wing and also a few dinnerware patterns.

Fancy Free plates and bowls featured a rolled rim that was very susceptible to chipping. Pieces in mint condition are scarce. These patterns were introduced in 1952 and were made for only a brief period probably being discontinued in 1953.   They are rather scarce today and are desired by western motif collectors as well as Red Wing Dinnerware collectors.

Unfortunately, damage reduces the value of the items significantly.  Damaged items are usually worth only 50% or less, sometimes much less, than undamaged items.  The prices I have listed for each of the items you show in the picture are for undamaged items and represent only my estimate of the value if the item were undamaged.

The numbers on the back of the items had significance only for the Red Wing Potteries so you may disregard them.

2 – 9 1/3 x 8 1/2 Bowls, mark on the back of the bowl $50.00 to $60.00 each (they were called a Nappy)

5 – 11″ Plates, $100.00 each

1 – 13 1/2 Serving Platter, $60.00 to $90.00

6 – 5 3/4 x 5 1/4 Fruit Bowls, $20.00 to $30.00 each

4 – 6 3/4 x 6 1/4 Bowls, $25.00 to $35.00 each (these were called cereal

bowls)

5 – 6 7/8 x 6 cup saucer (saucer alone $5.00 to $8.00 each)

6 – 7 1/4 x 6 1/2 Plates  $20.00 to $30.00 each

4 – coffee cups $20.00 to $30.00 (cup and saucer combinations each)

1 – sugar bowl w/lid $30.00 to $50.00

1 – creamer bowl  $30.00 to $50.00

1 – gravy bowl $30.00 to $45.00 (it was sold with a tray)

1 – butter dish with lid $60.00 to $90.00

1 – 9 1/4 x 4 serving platter $30.00 to $50.00 (it was called a Pickle Dish)

1 – 11 2/3 x 5 2/3 serving platter $30.00 to $50.00 (it was called a Celery

Dish)

1 – 12 x 6 1/2 divided 3 section serving platter $40.00 to $60.00 (it was called a Relish Dish)

Terry

Magnolia Tea and Coffee cups

Question:

Hi – I’ve been looking for years for additional coffee cups for my set of Red Wing Magnolia.  I have many tea cups, but only a few of the coffee size.  Are they very rare?  Or do I not have the right name for them?  Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!

Richard

 

Answer:

Red Wing literature calls the shallow cups “tea cups” and the deep sided cups “coffee cups”.  The Magnolia pattern is one of many produced in the Concord shape.  Concord was introduced in 1941 with the Lexington and Harvest patterns, and tea cups were among the items available from the beginning.  Over the years new patterns and new pieces were added to the Concord line.  Magnolia was introduced in the late 1940s and was made until 1956.  But the coffee cup was not added to the Concord line until 1954, long after the introduction of Magnolia.  So while the Magnolia pattern was made for nearly 10 years, Magnolia coffee cups were available for only two of those years.  Thus they are considerably more difficult to find than tea cups.  Magnolia coffee cups aren’t really rare, but they certainly qualify as scarce.  Good luck in your search!

 

Larry

Removing paint from dinnerware

Question:

I am hoping you might  direct me to someone who can tell me the best way to remove a snow scene painted on my rust colored pitcher.  I would like to restore it to its original color but do not want to damage the glaze.  I do not know what kind of paint was used.  It does not appear to be oil but could be acrylic.  The entire pitcher, inside and out has been covered with greyish blue, matte finish paint.  There is one spec of the original color on the bottom.  It appears it may have been dipped for the background  color and then the snow scene was painted on top.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated and I thank you very much for your time.
Sue

Answer:

Sorry but I don’t have a sure answer to this question as I have no experience with removing a large area of paint from dinnerware.  Especially when the type of paint involved is unknown.

Here is what I would do if this were my pitcher and I was certain that I wanted to remove the painted scene, knowing it might look worse afterwards if my efforts are not successful.  First, run hot water over the pitcher to see if the paint happens to be water soluble.  If the water has some effect on the paint, soak the pitcher for a while to soften it.  Gentle scrubbing with a non-metallic kitchen scrub pad may help.  If that doesn’t work, try using a razor tool to remove the paint. Be sure to use a new razor, not a previously used razor that might have nicks in the blade.  Careful, gentle but firm scraping should remove paint but until you try it’s impossible to gauge how successful this will be.  A lot depends on the type of paint involved.

Hopefully the paint is now gone and no further steps are needed.  I’ve used water and razor to successfully remove paint splatters from dinnerware, but not large areas like this painted scene.  If paint still remains, my next step would be to try a solvent of some kind.  I’d try adhesive remover, paint thinner, and nail polish remover in that order.  If the glaze on the pitcher is intact then these solvents won’t harm it.  Again, I’ve used these solvents on small spots but not on large areas.

I’m not sure what to do if paint remains after the above steps have been tried.  Harsh chemicals or more intense scraping may harm or dull the glaze.  I’d probably try paint or furniture stripper as a last resort but I have no experience with using them on dinnerware.  Do not rub the pitcher with metallic pads (steel wool, Brillo pad, Chore Girl, etc) as they will leave metallic marks on the glaze.

Scraping of any kind will be difficult for the area inside the pitcher.  If water or a solvent has no effect on this paint, consider leaving the pitcher as is with the painted scene intact.

Good luck!

Larry

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