Leaf Magic Pattern

Question:
I would like more information on the Redwing pattern "Leaf Magic". Who or where should I contact. Thank you. Lana

Answer:
Lana, the only piece made with the Leaf Magic design is the dinner plate. It was made to go with pieces from the Quartette pattern.

Quartette first appears in a January 1951 price list. This documention does not mention Leaf Magic, so apparently it was introduced after the initial production of Quartette. Quartette consists of Concord shaped pieces in four solid colors — Ming Green, Chartreuse, Copper Glow and Mulberry. All pieces, including covers for the casseroles, teapots, sugar bowls, etc, are solid colored. The buyer could purchase a set in any one color or could mix & match colors as desired.

Leaf Magic plates are first mentioned in a July 1951 document, six months after the introduction of Quartette. A January 1952 Red Wing price list describes Leaf Magic this way: "The decoration of this plate has 3 leaves with the color on one-half of each leaf in Chartreuse and the other one-half of leaf is painted one of the remaining Quartette colors, i.e. Ming Green, Copper Glow or Mulberry, with white overglaze. For additional pieces to make up the service Quartette is used." In other words, Leaf Magic was a more colorful dinner plate that could be substituted for the standard solid colored dinner plates when purchasing a set of Quartette dinnerware.

Larry

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Lexington Serving Plate

Question:
We were given, as a wedding gift in 1966, a Lexington (Rose) serving plate. I used it whenever I made blueberry upside-down cake (in a 10 1/2 inch cast iron skillet) because it was large enough that the juices did not run off the edge. It was NOT the oval chop plate nor was it the 11 inch dinner plate (cake would have spread over the edges). Unfortunately, a friend dropped and broke it quite some time ago. Now, when I tell other Redwingers that I am looking for a Lexington (Rose) square/round plate larger than 11 inches, they tell me such a piece does not exist. Are they right and my memory is really that bad? Or is that elusive piece still out there somewhere? If it is, I’m offering a blueberry upside-down cake as a reward for finding me one. Thanks Char

Answer:
Char, unless you had a rare one-of-a-kind piece I don’t think the platter you describe was Lexington. Could you be confusing Lexington with one of the other Red Wing patterns that feature a red rose? Lexington was introduced in 1941 and continued production until 1956. Unless you received a used item, it’s doubtful any new Lexington platters were available to serve as a wedding gift in 1966. On the other hand, unlike other Concord patterns Lexington platters were made in two sizes. The initial 1941 platter was 10.5 x 14 inches — more oblong than oval in shape. It was replaced by the more commonly found 10.5 x 13 inch chop plate in the mid-1940s. But even this hard-to-find larger platter wouldn’t meet your needs since it is only 10.5 inches wide in one direction.

As for other rose patterns, Blossom Time is also in the Concord shape but was never made in the larger 10.5 x 14 platter and was also discontinued in the mid-1950s. Red Wing Rose was introduced in the later 1950s and was discontinued after only a few years, but it’s the rose pattern most likely to have still been available in 1966. A big 15 inch oval platter was available, but your 11 inch cake would likely spill over the sides in the short direction.

That leaves us with Orleans. Orleans was introduced in 1941 and continued production until 1950. Like Lexington, Orleans featured a red rose. But unlike Lexington’s squarish plates and platters, Orleans plates and platters were round. And the platters were made in 12 inch and 14 inches sizes. Your 11 inch cake might be a tight squeeze on the 12 inch platter but would easily fit the 14 inch platter. Like Lexington, the Orleans pattern was discontinued long before your 1966 wedding. But sizewise, of the red rose patterns made by Red Wing the Orleans 14 inch platter would certainly be the best fit for your cake. Could this be the platter you seek?

Larry

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Wings on Crocks

Question:
I have collected the one gallon mcdonalds crocks. I have them from 1991-2001. Why did they stop making them with the wing on the front? Thanks and have a great day! Denise

Answer:
Denise, McDonald crocks are an after market (reproduction) product produced by a local potter in the Red Wing area. Therefore, there is no history or information available as to why something was done to change the looks of a piece of stoneware they produce. Not being a collector of this type of stoneware, I have no information available to me as why the wings have been removed. Wish I could have been more helpful. Al Kohlman

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Chip in 5 Gallon Jug

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I would like to know the price I should ask for a Red Wing 5 gallon Jug that has one small chip at the opening of the jug. The chip is a triangluar one about 1 inch by one inch but only as deep as the glaze.
Thanks Richard

Answer:
Richard, I viewed the chip on the spout of your five gallon jug, but did not see the jug itself. Therefore, I do not know if your jug is a beehive or shoulder jug? Whether it has a wing or leaves? If it has a wing, what size is it? All these variables would help determine a price. Now even without all these variables, let’s discuss the chip.

A chip of this size on the front of the jug, will greatly reduce the value of your piece. Unless it is extremely rare, most purest collectors would not be interested in the piece unless you almost gave it away and they could see a small profit in resale.

With all this being said, what you need to do is look at what you have invested in the piece and calculate what would be a fair profit for you and fair price for the buyer.

If you are not comfortable with this, please send me another photo of the entire front of the piece and I would be happy to try and give you a price range on your jug. AL Kohlman

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Batter Bowl

Question:
I am currently interested in purchasing a piece of pottery. It is a batter bowl with wood and wire handle. On the bottom is a marking that is a circle with the words Made in Red Wing. I would like to know if this a genuine article from the Red Wing Pottery and if so, approximately what year it would have been created. Thank you, Zach

Answer:
Zach, I did not receive a photo or description of this bowl but would think with what you have given me that this is an original Red Wing batter bowl. In fact, it sounds like a Red Wing Gray Line Batter Bowl. The Gray Line bowls have a blue & red sponge band which is located about 3/4 of an inch from the top of the bowl. This batter bowl was produced by Red Wing in the late 1920’s and is highly sought after by Red Wing collectors. Al Kohlman

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Prismatique Bowl

Question:
Small bowl/container,orange/bittersweet color. It has an unusual shape. Has Red Wing 931 on bottom. Shape is multi pointed.
Sally

Answer:
Hi Sally
We think you may have #791, a 6 1/2" bowl from the Prismatique Line, circa 1965. They have angled shapes, and Orange is one of the glaze colors. It’s worth around 40.00 or so. There is a shape 931, but it is a low bowl with scalloped smooth edges. It’s value would be about 30-35.
Thanks, Steve n Rose

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Celery Dish

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Can you tell me anything about the rarity and ballpark value of the (2) Redwing relish dishes? They have been in my family for a long time.

Answer:
The flowered piece is a Blossom Time celery dish. It is not a rare item but is not as easily found as other Blossom Time pieces because the celery dish was not produced until 1952, several years after the initial introduction of the Blossom Time pattern. Value is around $15 in average condition; reduce by half or more if damaged, add a few dollars more if in the dish is in pristine condition.

The second green and gray piece is art pottery, not dinnerware.
Larry

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30 Gallon Crock

Question:
What you estamate a 30 gallon Red Wing Crock at? It has the double birch leaf mark and the molded handles. It also has a crack and a few other siders on the inside and outside.
W. Davis

Answer:
W. Davis, a 30 gallon with double birch leafs in mint condition would be in the area of $350. You mentioned a crack in the one you currently have along with a few spiders. These defects will affect the value depending on how long the crack is. If the crack is in the front of the piece or the back. Without seeing the crock and how severe the damage, it is extremely hard to say. In the worst case it would be $50 to $75. With a tight crack in the back and small spiders, $100 to $175.
Al Kohlman

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Chicken Feeder

Question:
This is a question of Al. We recieved a red wing chicken feeder for Christmas or so we are told. Is there such a thing and if so what is the value? It sits on its side with 2 ears (legs) that cause it to tilt downward. It is a little larger then a gallon size. It has a slit on the front where supposively the chickens put their heads to eat. This offset slit it about 4 inches in. Thanks for all the help, Kelli

Answer:
Kelli, Red Wing made a number of different Chicken feeders. The one you are describing sounds like the Eureka. Red Wing made these in 1/2, 1 & 2 gallons. The most desirable of this feeder is the one which has the first Red Wing oval (ski oval) stamped on the top and the Red Wing impressed signature on the back. Without seeing a photo of this feeder, I would guess it to be the 1 gallon size. Without an oval or signature $50 to $100. With just an oval on the top $125 to $175. With an oval & signature up to $250 to $300. These prices are for mint pieces, and nice markings.
Al Kohlman

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Sanitary Chicken Drinking feeder

Question:
I have a redwing feeder. It is a bell type, about a foot high, with small half circle cut outs on either side of the bottom, with blue lettering. Should this have a dish that went underneath it? And what do these sell for? Thank you for your time.
Sincerely, David

Answer:
David, sounds like you have the 2 gallon Red Wing Sanitary (bell) Chicken Drinking and Buttermilk feeder. Red Wing made these in four sizes with the 2 gallon being the largest size. All of these bell feeders came with a base. Of course, the base is the hardest piece to find. Your gallon feeder in mint condition without the base would be in the range of $75 to $100. If you can locate a base for this, you would most likely pay $50 to $75 for it.
Al Kohlman

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