Fondoso pieces

Question:

Matt 

I have a question about Fondoso. I’ve collected almost every Fondoso piece that Red Wing made. I know that at some point they changed the size of the batter pitcher, and I have an example of each. One stands 8 inches high and holds 48 ounces. The other is 7 inches tall and holds 36 ounces. Attached is a photo of the two (along a syrup jug). Terry Moe, a fellow collector (and a friend of yours) tells me there might be a batter pitcher in a third size. Do you know anything about that? If it exists, what size is it? Can you share a photo of it, comparing it to the more common size? Any light you can shed on this mystery would be appreciated.

 

Thanks,

 

Matt

Answer:

I am aware that the Fondoso batter pitcher was made in two sizes.  Like you I have one each of the 7″ and 8″ pitchers (photo attached).  Sorry but I know nothing more than you about the possibility of a third size.  A while back Terry mentioned a possible third size but did not go into any detail. I believe he came across a batter pitcher at a shop or show that he believed was neither of the two known sizes.  But I have no photos of the pitcher Terry saw or have any further details.  We’ve seen Gypsy Trail catalogs and brochures that include the Fondoso batter pitcher but they make no mention of even two sizes, much less three.  In my opinion the existence of a third size is speculation at this point, although if Terry is doing the speculating there’s a good chance it’s true. 

Larry

Two DuoTone patterns

Question:

Hi,

I have recently acquired a tall pitcher in the Red Wing cylinder shape, but I don’t know what pattern it is.  Here is a picture of it next to a piece of Pompeii for color comparison.  Someone suggested to me it might be Flight, but I’ve never seen serving pieces in that pattern, only plates.  Ideas?

Matt

Answer:

The color of the pitcher in the photo is “Soft Tan”, according to Red Wing brochures.  Two DuoTone patterns, Flight and Desert Sun, used this color for accessory pieces.  Thus your pitcher would go with either pattern.

Larry

4 gallon Red Wing Churn, Magnolia sugar bowl

Question:

I purchased a 4 gallon Red Wing butter churn today (in Denver!).  It has the original lid and it is in good condition, some minor distress on the bottom rim.  I’ve been looking for a similar churn online, and I don’t see any with the metal handles that mine has.  Mine also has the “1915 Patented” stamp on the top of the churn.  Can you provide me with any other information about these churns?

At the same flea market I purchased two Magnolia collection dinnerware pieces, that were being sold as “covered soup dishes.”  I can’t seem to find any information about these dishes either.  Do you have any information about these as well?  

Thank you!

–Courtney

Answer:

The metal handles and patent date are less common on butter churns.  They do not necessarily add value to the item.  The churn lid is not a Red Wing lid.  Value is between $200-$250.  Jeff T.

The covered bowl is called a “Cream Soup Bowl with Cover” in the Red Wing catalogs.  Value is $20 to $25, assuming excellent undamaged condition.

Larry

Beige Fleck pieces

Question:

My parents, both now deseased, were members of the Red Wing Society many years ago as they had an extensive collection of Red Wing dinnerware, primarily the Bob White pattern.  Most of the dinnerware was sold at auction a few years ago, however, a box of beige fleck accessory pieces has recently been found.  The pieces include:  5 bread & butter plates (2 have small chips), 2 dinner plates (one with a small firing blemish), 3 steak plates, and one 10-1/2” bowl.  Could you tell me the value of these items?  Thanks, Roxanne

Answer:

The beige fleck items were not part of any of the dinnerware patterns.  Red Wing sold them as “Gift or Novelty” items.  All of them have relatively low value. 

If the bowl is indeed 10.5 inches, then it is the larger of the two bowls that was sold as a chip ‘n dip set.  A metal bracket held the smaller dip bowl above the larger chip bowl.  A complete chip ‘n dip set is worth $35-50; the 10.5 inch bowl by itself about $10-15.  More commonly found is the 12 inch salad bowl, which sold in great numbers and is also worth $10-15. 

The steak plates are worth $15-20, the dinner plates $10-15 and the salad plates $5-10.  All values assume excellent, undamaged condition. 

Larry

Turquoise and White Covered Casserole dish

Question:

A friend of mine asked if I would check on the value of this Turquoise and White Covered Casserole dish.  Condition is perfect.  She stated she thought it was listed in a recent RWCS mailing as being rare.

Thanks,

Jeff

Answer:

A White and Turquoise covered casserole in mint condition a is worth $100 to $125.  Any damage would reduce the value by 25 to 75%, depending on the extent and location of the damage.

Larry

Bowl serving set, marked Red Wing, speckle brown

Question:

Hello,
I’m a new Red Wing collectors member.  I have a set of Red Wing that I believe to be Eva Zeisel, Town and Country.  We bought it at auction and that is the way it was presented.  I currently have it for sale on one of the Internet sites, and a viewer is telling me that the set is not Eva Zeisel.  Could you take a look at the photo’s attached please, and perhaps provide me more information about whether this is Town and Country or not?  Thanks in advance.  I’d also like to know what it might be worth – I estimated but it would be great to have an expert opinion.  One piece does have a hairline crack that goes all the way through the bowl.
 
Stephanie

Answer:

The Town & Country dinnerware pattern was the only design that Eva Zeisel produced for Red Wing Potteries.  The items in the photos are not from the Town & Country pattern and were not designed by Eva Zeisel.  Town & Country pieces were not marked, not were they available with the beige fleck glaze.  Most likely they were designed by Charles Murphy.   Red Wing made a number of pieces with three legs in the late 1950s, and the beige fleck glaze was popular from the mid 1950s through the end of production in 1967.  They are not part of any Red Wing dinnerware line, so I am not familiar with them.  I’d guess the value to be $30 to $40 for the large bowl and $10 to $20 for the small bowls, but that is only an educated guess.

Larry

Desert pattern, Fancy Free line

Question:

Hello!  I recently came across a set of a bowl, plate and saucer with the Red Wing mark on the bottom.  Some of the edges have some small dings hut no cracks or major problems.  I then found a small teacup that seemed to match the design but had no markings on the bottom. I was wondering if this is a match and if so what might this set be worth?  Many thanks, meredith

Answer:

The cactus-themed Desert pattern is very popular with collectors and not easy to find. Desert was one of two pattern 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, thus they are rather scarce today.

The photo shows a cup and saucer from the Desert pattern as well as two bowls. No dimensions were provided for the bowls, so I cannot be sure which of the four bowl sizes are represented here. 

Cup & saucer:  $30 to $40

Fruit dish 5.5 inches: $20-30

Cereal bowl 6×7 inches: $25-35

Rim Soup bowl 8 inches: $30-40

Nappy 9 inches:  $50-60

All values are for items in excellent, undamaged condition.  Damage reduces the value by 25 to 75% or more, depending on the extent and location of the damage. 

Larry

Desert pattern, Fancy Free line, cups saucers and bowls

Question:

Hello!  I recently came across a set of a bowl, plate and saucer with the Red Wing mark on the bottom.  Some of the edges have some small dings hut no cracks or major problems.  I then found a small teacup that seemed to match the design but had no markings on the bottom. I was wondering if this is a match and if so what might this set be worth?  Many thanks, meredith

Answer:

The cactus-themed Desert pattern is very popular with collectors and not easy to find. Desert was one of two pattern 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, thus they are rather scarce today.

The photo shows a cup and saucer from the Desert pattern as well as two bowls. No dimensions were provided for the bowls, so I cannot be sure which of the four bowl sizes are represented here. 

Cup & saucer:  $30 to $40

Fruit dish 5.5 inches: $20-30

Cereal bowl 6×7 inches: $25-35

Rim Soup bowl 8 inches: $30-40

Nappy 9 inches:  $50-60

All values are for items in excellent, undamaged condition.  Damage reduces the value by 25 to 75% or more, depending on the extent and location of the damage. 

Larry

Village Green new in box

Question:

I was wondering if someone can give me some information. I was cleaning in my grandma’s basement and came across a box of Redwing Pottery. There are 8 small boxes inside the bigger box in the picture’s. There is a dinner plate, salad plate, and a cup and saucer in each smaller box. Can you tell me how old these might be? It says Village Green on the bottom of the box? Do they have any value? Is it rare to see them still in their original boxes. I don’t think they were ever used, but I can’t be sure. I look forward to hearing back from you….thank you in advance.
 
Lee

Answer:

The Village Green pattern was introduced in 1952 and was made until Red Wing Potteries closed in 1967.  Village Green was a very popular pattern in its day and is still popular with collectors today.  One place setting that consists of a dinner plate, a salad plate, and a cup and saucer would be worth around $25-30 if all items are in mint condition. 

The cardboard box that is marked Village Green probably has some value but without a photo or detailed description I cannot evaluate it.  What other markings are on the box and how is the Village Green name applied? An original Red Wing Potteries box with company logos and markings and with the Village Green stamped on it in black ink would be worth $40-60 in excellent condition.  Poor condition would reduce the value.  A plain cardboard box with Village Green written on it in black marker would be worth nothing.  The small boxes are apparently not marked at all so they would have little or no value.  Again, a photo is needed to evaluate them.

Larry

Magnolia dinnerware

Question:

We have a place setting that’s in pretty excellen shape.  It is the Red Wing Magnolia set that was my Grandmothers.  Do you know of a place that might be interested in this?

There are:

Cream and sugar set

9 small bowls (possibly cereal bowls)  some have chips

10 dinner plates – no chips

11 coffee cups

1 gravy boat

11 dinner plates

7 salad plates

10 saucers

2 serving bowls

There are a few that have chips, but otherwise they are in great shape.

Please let me know if they would be worth anything.

Thanks,

Karen 

We have a place setting that’s in pretty excellen shape.  It is the Red Wing Magnolia set that was my Grandmothers.  Do you know of a place that might be interested in this?

 

There are:

 

Cream and sugar set

9 small bowls (possibly cereal bowls)  some have chips

10 dinner plates – no chips

11 coffee cups

1 gravy boat

11 dinner plates

7 salad plates

10 saucers

2 serving bowls

 

There are a few that have chips, but otherwise they are in great shape.

 

Please let me know if they would be worth anything.

 

Thanks,

 Karen

Answer:

The values below assume excellent, undamaged condition.  Damage reduces the value by 25 to 75% or more depending on the extent and location of the damage.

Creamer: $7-12
Sugar bowl with cover:  $10-15
Cereal bowl 6.5 inches:  $15-25
Sauce dish bowl 5.5 inches: $7-12
Coffee cup (deep sides):  $25-30
Tea cup (very shallow sides): $4-5
Saucer: $4-5
Gravy boat: $15-20
Dinner plate: 15-20
Salad plate:  $7-12
Nappy (vegetable bowl): $20-25

Here is a link to our FAQ on selling:

http://www.redwingcollectors.org/faq/how-can-i-sell-my-red-wing-pottery-pieces

Larry

 

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