565 coffee server, Gypsy Trail line, no wooden handle

Question:

Hello!

I am wondering if you can tell me anything about this carafe in the blue/purple color with  the Red Wing Pottery Blue Star mark?

I have never known it to have a wooden handle and was wondering if you have any information in regard to this carafe? When was it made and did it originally have a handle? I cant find another one like it.

Kind regards,

Debbie

Answer:

Your blue 565 coffee server is from the Gypsy Trail line. All 565 Gypsy Trail coffee servers were sold with a wooden handle attached around the neck, although the cover was optional for a time.  Your server was made at the beginning of Gypsy Trail  roduction, or perhaps even earlier. This color scheme and the star ink stamp mark were vailable very briefly.

A brochure dated June 1935 marks the introduction of Gypsy Trail with 19 items available. All items are described as available in the standard Gypsy Trail colors – white, turquoise, blue, yellow and orange – except the 565 coffee server. Coffee server colors were blue, black, blue-green and orange. We have found this server with the star ink stamp mark in blue, blue-green and black but not in orange. Blue servers with this mark are a lighter shade than standard Gypsy Trail blue. Also, servers with the star  mark have “dry” (unglazed) bottoms and the interiors color matches the exterior. Standard 565 coffee servers have glazed bottoms marked only with “565″ and they have white interiors. These early coffee servers are the only Gypsy Trail pieces we have found marked with the star ink stamp.

The black and blue-green colors were not included in subsequent Gypsy Trail brochures, thus after the initial brochure the coffee server was available in the same standard colors as other Gypsy Trail items. The non-standard aspects – unusual colors, dry bottom, ink stamp and colored interior – lead me to believe production of these coffee servers may have begun prior to the introduction of Gypsy Trail. Today these early servers are quite hard to find, but they do turn up occasionally. Value for a complete ink stamped blue coffee server is around $100 in excellent condition. Your server is missing the wooden handle which would reduce the value somewhat.  However it would be easy to “borrow” the handle from a more common 565 server to
make yours complete.

Larry

Round Up Casserole with stand

Question:

We have two questions for your experts.

1. We just purchased a Round Up copper casserole holder that holds two casserole dishes.  I have attached a photo.  I am wondering if this could be rare as I cannot find any information on this piece.  We are also wondering if the experts could give us a value. One of the casseroles is in mint condition and the other is in bad condition.

2. We collect Round Up and Chuck Wagon. On the bottom of the plates (see attached photo) some have just a red wing, and others have writing which says, ” Red Wing Hand Painted Ovenproof U.S.A.” and then a number like 231. We are wondering what the difference is and what the number might mean.

Thank you for your help.
Mike and Carol

Answer:

1.  The copper warming stand is not easy to find but not rare.  The double-wide  arming stand was made to hold two 2 quart casseroles or one 20 inch platter.  The Round Up stand has two pottery handles in beige fleck glaze, which is identical to the stand made for the Bob White pattern.  In other words, a double-wide warming stand with beige fleck handles could be used with either Round Up or Bob White.  The stand by itself is worth $50-75 if it is complete and is not damaged or badly tarnished.  A two quart Round Up casserole with cover is worth around $100 in mint condition.  Hard to place a value on the damaged casserole but it’s probably in the range of $10-15.

2.  Red Wing bottom stamped much of their dinnerware with the familiar pinkish-red
wing from 1950 to 1957.  The ink stamp markings changed beginning in 1958.  The design of the new marks varied depending on the pattern, but the color for all changed to black.  Thus your pieces marked with the pinkish-red wing were made in 1957 (or possibly earlier) and thus were made for the Chuck Wagon pattern.  The pieces marked Red Wing Hand Painted Ovenproof USA in black ink were made in 1958 or later and thus were made for Round Up.  Three digit numbers such as 231 were stock or lot numbers; they do not identify the item or hold any meaning to collectors.

Larry

“Oomph” Pitcher

Question:

I bought this pitcher with lid at a resale shop and know very little about Red Wing but love the piece.  I did some research and think the mark dates to the 1940’s but am not sure.  I would appreciate anything else you could tell me about it.  Name of line, colors, possible value, etc. There is a chip in the lid and it measures about 9” tall. Thanks in advance for your help, great service!

Sally

 

Answer:

You have a pitcher with cover from the Bakeware pattern, which is more commonly known as ”Oomph”. Bakeware was produced in the mid 1940s. A brochure for this pattern featured the slogan “Red Wing puts the OOMPH into earthenware”, with OOMPH in large letters that were more prominent than the lettering used for the Bakeware name.  Thus the pattern came to be known as Oomph. The brochure refers to the colors as “Brown Outside – Green Lined”.

Bakeware pitchers are fairly common.  Value for one in excellent condition is around $50. Damage or flaws will reduce the value significantly, generally by 25 to 75%, depending on the location and visibility of the damage.

Larry

Red Wing Gypsy Trail Juicer

Question:
I  AM CLEANING MY MOM’S ATTIX AND CELLAR AND HAVE
FOUND A 5″X4″ TALL YELLOW CITRUS JUICE THAT
HAS  A BASE. IT DOES NOT HAVE ANY IMPERFECTIONS.
CAN YOU TELL ME THE PRICE I COULD GET FOR IT AND WHERE. I TRIED THE LOCALS AND AM NOT SURE OF THE OFFERING THANK YOU

URSULA

Answer:

Most likely your juicer was made by Red Wing as part of the large Gypsy Trail dinnerware line in the early 1940s.  They were made in two colors, yellow and white, and were marked “RED WING USA 256″ on the bottom.

Red Wing juicers are fairly common but usually in “used” condition.  Most of the examples I’ve seen have had hairlines, most likely due to pressure from squeezing the juice out of fruit.  The juicer’s color is often inconsistent, almost a faded look.  An antique dealer would ask around $200 for an original Red Wing juicer in mint condition with strong dark color.  The price tag for a juicer in average condition would be about half as much.  Those are retail prices, not the value a dealer would pay to buy it from you.

A word of caution:  If your juicer is not marked Red Wing and has an unglazed bottom, it is a recent reproduction, not an original.

Larry

Dynasty line

Question:

We are just wondering the value of this set of dinnerware. Also how to find interested buyers

1 pitcher

1 platter

1 casserole dish

1 casserole dish with cover

1 gravy bowl

1 sugar and creamer

1 salt or pepper shaker

11 dinner plates

11 salad plates

4 dessert plates

8 bowls

9 saucers

9 cups

12 dessert bowls

Feel free to e mail any questions or need anymore info.

Thank You

Lee

 

Answer:

Red Wing introduced the Dynasty line in 1950.  The line included two patterns that were identical except for the colors, Plum Blossom Yellow and Plum Blossom Pink.  These patterns were produced from 1950 to 1953.  The pink version is more difficult to find than yellow and thus has a bit more value than the yellow version.

 

The photo shows a sizeable collection of Plum Blossom Yellow dinnerware.  It appears to have originally been a service for 12 but a few pieces have been lost or broken over the years.  This would be an excellent starting point for a collector interested in building a complete set, assuming the collection is in good condition.  “Book value” for this collection is over $500 but it’s unlikely a buyer would pay that much.  Large dinnerware sets don’t attract much interest from collectors unless it is one of the “hot” patterns, and this is not one of them.  $250 to $300 would be a more realistic value for this collection.

Individually, the pitcher and covered casserole have the most value, around $50 each.  The platter, gravy boat, and sugar & creamer are worth about $25 each.  The bowls, plates, cups and saucers are worth $7 to $12 each.  All values assume excellent condition; any damage reduces the value considerably.

 

Larry

 

Ceramastone candleholders – pig shape

Question:

Hello Experts,

I have read about Red Wing Ceramastone and the Pig Triple Candleholders here at your wonderfully informative site and have a follow-up question.

Original link: http://www.redwingcollectors.org/ask_the_experts/dinnerware/candle-holder-with-red-wing-sticker

I have attached a few pictures of the three (!) pigs I have recently acquired. You will notice the two brown pigs have different colors of clay (one red, one white) and onsequently the decoration shows differently -do you know why that might be? (fyi, the beige pig has red clay too) I am curious to know what the different colors of clay are on the dinnerware is. The red clay under the beige looks great in the detail and the white clay under the brown looks great, but the red clay under the brown is much plainer.

And do you have a current value for these guys? I do not collect Red Wing myself and plan to sell them and would like to know a fair price.

Thanks so much for your time!

Karen


Answer:

Sorry, I don’t have any information about different types of clay used to make the Ceramastone candleholders.  The photos are good but I don’t see anything that
convinces me the clay used to make them is appreciably different.  One brown pig appears to have a lighter coating of glaze and thus the “ribs” show through; the other brown pig has a heavier coating of glaze so the clay is completely covered.  Can’t really tell much from th3 “feet” in the photo because there are other colors on the foot surfaces as well.

Red Wing literature stated that Ceramastone was made with “improved stoneware”
clay.  “It combines the  basic materials of stoneware, yet we remove the impurities and fire at extremely high temperatures (2200 degrees)”.  There could be slight differences in color between batches of clay, or perhaps the high firing temperatures had some effect on the color where unglazed clay was exposed.  Do the candleholders have
approximately the same weight?  If not that would be a good clue that the clays are not the same.

Ceramastone triple candleholders are worth around $50 each in excellent condition. Dark brown is the most common color; the other colors (Adobestone tan, Charstone Bleu blue and Heatherstone Orange orange) are worth $10 to $15 more.

Larry

 

Daffodil tea set

Question:

 

what can you tell me about this tea set?

 

Answer:

This
teapot, creamer and sugar bowl set decorated with yellow flowers and green
leaves is one of three tea sets made in the mid-1940s. Collectors refer to
this set as “Daffodil”. Another set resembles the Magnolia art pottery
line and is antiqued white in color. The third set has a Southwestern theme
with a green and rust colored design that includes a roadrunner bird on the tea
pot. These tea sets are difficult to categorize. They aren’t part of any
dinnerware line and they don’t really fit with art pottery. The nine shape
numbers (261 through 269) marked on the pieces in these sets fall immediately
after the last known shape number in the Gypsy Trail dinnerware line. To my
knowledge these three tea sets do not appear in any Red Wing brochure or
catalog, so we don’t know their official names or how they were marketed. Most
likely these were stand-alone sets that were sold as giftware. While these sets
are not common they are also not in high demand by collectors, probably because
they are not part of a full dinnerware pattern.. Your Daffodil set in clean,
undamaged condition would be worth $50-75. The chip on the teapot will reduce
the value by an amount the depends on the size and location of the chip.

Larry

Question:

I have couple of stoneware peices I need help with, The cookie jar ,I was wondering if it is Red Wing it is a $2.00 estate sale find.
The other is a 25 cent garage sale find, I think it is a dog dish? Niether are marked, I was in antique store and they had a poster of Red Wing products from the thirties and both items looked similar to ones on the poster. They called the one an animal jar it has the same dimentions listed on the chart 41/2 ” inside diameter and 71/2″ outside diameter. Is ther any value here
the cookie jar is in good shape no chips or hairlines but no cover, the dog
dish has some hairlines? I have been dealing Red Wing for a few years now but I
have never seen an animal jar, any help would be greatly apreciated.

Thanks, Papa Ted

 

Answer:

The cookie jar was made by Red Wing.  A July 1942 brochure titled “Hand
Painted Pottery” depicts a squat Munch Jar, a Cookie Jar,
and an 11″ Salad Bowl in three different designs: Incised Peasant,
Fruit and Rose. All three pieces in all three designs were available in three
colors: Brown, Green and White. You have a Rose cookie jar in the white color.  In mint condition this
jar complete with its cover would be worth $30-40.  Without the original
cover the value drops significantly, probably to no more than $10.

Larry

 

 

 

Fondoso tilted pitcher

Question:

Dear Expert -

I believe this is a Fondoso tilt pitcher.  The color is pink/salmon/tan (?) and is about 7″ tall.  I see no chips, cracks or crazing and it is very clean inside and out.  The color is consistent.  (that is camera/sun glare on the bottom half)

Thank you for your help with identification and current value.

Margaret

Answer:

Four different Fondoso pitchers were made.  “Straight” pitchers (no tilt) were available in 18 oz, 32 oz and 70 oz sizes.  The “Tilt” pitcher was made in just one size, listed as either 70 oz or 72 oz in the original Red Wing brochures.  The tilt pitcher and the 70 oz straight pitcher had an ice stop at the spout; the two smaller straight pitchers had no ice stop.  Your photos show a straight pitcher with no ice stop and is described as 7 inches high, which is the height of the 32 oz pitcher.  Thus you have a 32 oz Fondoso straight pitcher in pink. 

The “pink” color found on Fondoso items can vary considerably, from a light pastel pink to a darker shade of pink to a distinct salmon color. We don’t know if Red Wing made a conscious decision to adjust the color over time or if it the variation was due to inconsistencies in batches of pink glaze.  All Fondoso and Gypsy Trail brochures use “pink” to describe the color. 

A 32 oz Fondoso straight pitcher in excellent, undamaged condition is worth $30 to $45. 

Larry

ps.  I’ve attached a photo that shows all four Fondoso pitchers. The photo is courtesy of Todd and Ivy.

Colonnes items

Question:

I spoke to Stacy at the office about a week ago regarding a small collection of Red Wing (Colonnes pattern) that we are looking to sell.  The pictures aren’t the best, but hopefully you get the idea of the condition the pieces are in.

Shown are as follows:

 

4 – cups

1 – gravy boat

1 – creamer

1 – sugar bowl

1 – large serving platter

1 – serving bowl

1 – divided serving bowl

1 – relish dish

7 – bowls

2 – saucers

2 – salad plates

 

We would appreciate any (and all) feedback.  We live in central Wisconsin and are willing to travel to Red Wing if the price is worth driving for.  I can be reached at any time at, 715-209-5172.

 

Thanks in advance,

Jody

Answer:

Thank you for including the photos of your Colonnes items. While some chips are evident, the photos don’t provide enough detail to assess them for damage such as hairlines, flakes and small nicks.  Photos can help but a complete and honest description of any damage is even more helpful.  Condition is best viewed through the eyes of a potential buyer as some have a greater tolerance for damage than others.

The following values are for Colonnes pieces in mint condition.  Any damage will reduce the value significantly, by 25 to 75% or more depending on the extent of the damage and the location.   

Cup:  $10-12

Saucer:  $10-12
Gravy boat: $30-40
Creamer:  $25-30
Sugar bowl: $25-30
Platter:  $35-45
Nappy (serving bowl):  $25-30
Divided vegetable bowl:  $25-30
Relish dish:  $25-30 
Bowl (cereal or sauce):  $10-20
Salad plate:  $15-20

Larry

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