Thompson Dept. Store

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I just purchased my second piece of advertising for the Thompson Department Store. Can you give me any background on where this store was located and when it was in operation? If you don’t know specific can you steer me in the direction of where I might look for the information. Thanks, Wendy

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Wendy, the only information I have on a Thompson is the J.B. Thompson & Son’s store in Northwood, Iowa. The general store was founded by John Thompson in 1873. Throughout the years, the business changed in name to: Thompson & Lund, Thompson, Lund & Sime and finally. J.B. Thompson & Son’s. Thompson’s businees consisted of yard goods, clothing & shoes. You can contact the Worth county Historical Society in Iowa for further information. Hope this helps. Al Kohlman

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Perfection Draining Jars

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I own 2-30 gallon Perfection Sanitary Self Draining Jars in excellent condition and would like some back groung on them. I bought the jars in the south and wonder how they were applicable to southern usage and please give me a estimated value. Micheal

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Michael, these Perfection Self Draining jars were generally used by Dairy, Laboratories and Chemical Companies. Because of their large size, need of a stand or another crock of the same size to place on on top of for display or display upside down, these self drainers are not highly sought after. Depending on how well stamped and appealing the range of your self drainers would be valued from $200 to $250. Al Kohlman

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Pottery 159

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I have an 8 inch vase, black glaze, starts out bulbous at the bottom and constricts to a narrowish neck that flares out a little at the top. It was my mother’s and a favorite vase since I was a child. The marking on the bottom is bluish circle stamp that says Red Wing Pottery with I think a number 159 in the center. I suspect it might have been a second as there seems to be a black .75 written on that bottom area. Can you tell me anything about the age? I am thinking it must be about 70-75 years old. Thank you for your information. Thanks Barbara H.

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By your discription we think you have a 183 8" vase. You are correct in your date estimation. The vase was made in the early 1930’s. The glaze is probably dark blue or blue black. Hold it in the sunlight and you may see the blue. The value is about $90 – $100. The .75 is probably what the vase originally cost. A lot of people from that generation would mark the items with the price they paid. Thanks Steve n Rose

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Beehive Jug

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Hi Folks, I have a 3 gallon Red Wing Union Stoneware Beehive Jug that has a line that goes down somewhat on each side of handle bottom where it attaches on the bottom of the jug. What causes these lines? Are they considered cracks? Are they of any concern in regard to value? Thanks! Rich

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Richard, these lines are considered "Factory" as they occurred during the manufacturing process and not by a person or object hitting it. This can occur during the drying process and is somewhat normal. Your lines on the sides are very small and would have no affect on the value of your jug. Jeff and Sue

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Redwing Dinnerware

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I have what appears to be a piece of Redwing dinner ware that was a gift to my parents around 50 years ago. It consists of a large serving tray that has a metal rod base supporting it with two matching handles on the base it is also set up for two candle type heaters beneath it, along with that goes a large glazed matching carafe with cork and glazed stopper this also has a base of heavy wire that has provisions for heating candles or oil. It was given to my parents a gift from a friend of theirs that I barely remember and my siblings were saying just dump it but I had to check it out on the web and am glad I did as I do enjoy older things that have a history behind their manufacture. Any help you gould give me of if would be greatly appreciated. If a photo or 2 would help just let me know . Thanx Paul W.

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Paul, it’s a good thing you didn’t listen to your siblings. Dumping these beauties would have been a real shame. You have two wonderful and valuable pieces of Smart Set, a pattern from the 1950s. Smart Set was Red Wing’s first pattern in the Casual shape and was introduced in 1953. Production continued into the late 1950s. While Smart Set is not a rare pattern, the classic 1950s design is very popular with collectors and commands good prices. Most everyday serving pieces can be found with relative ease, but accessory pieces such as yours are much harder to locate.

You have a 20 inch platter and a beverage server with cover, as well as the accompanying wrought iron stands. The platter and server are valuable on their own, but together with the stands they are worth significantly more. Over the years many of the stands were lost or discarded by their owners; today they highly sought by collectors looking to build a complete set.

You don’t mention the condition of your items but from the photos they seem to be in excellent condition. Chips, cracks, stains, etc reduce the value significantly but your items appear to be very clean. The stands seem to be in excellent condition (no rust or tarnish) and they still have the little rubber feet that fit on the end of the legs. Assuming excellent and complete condition, the Smart Set covered beverage server with stand and the 20 inch platter with stand are each worth around $150 to $200.

Larry

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Daisy Chain Dishes

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I just received a set of Daisy Chain Redwing dishes with service for 12, I believe. I am interested in selling the china. Any thoughts about the most effective way to do this? Thanks Sue

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Sue, It is difficult to answer this question because your location, condition of the dishes and ability to ship the items are just some of the considerations. The most typical ways people sell items in through Ebay, newspaper ads, Garage or Estate sales, Antique Malls or you could purchase an ad in the RWCS Newsletter Classifieds. Jeff and Sue

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Parrots with Vase

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I recently received a piece of Red Wing artware that was given to my Grandmother in 1956. The majority of a silver Red Wing label is still on the piece of two green parrots. With the figurines is a white vase that fits around one of the parrots. On the bottom of the vase is "RED WING" "U.S.A." and "B2509A". Would like to know the background of this piece. Thanks Reed

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Reed, The Parrots with vase are part of the Deluxe Line, circa 1951. They were designed by Belle Kogan, one of Red Wing’s more prominent designers. The Parrots are #B2509. The glaze is most likely Ming Green. As a set their value is around 125.00. Hope this helps, thanks, Steve n Rose

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Water Cooler Lid

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I recently purchased a water cooler lid. The underside is nice and white like it should be but the top of the lid with the blue rings is really yellow. Is there something I can do or use to make this whiter without ruining the lid and the blue on the rings? Thanks for any help you may be able to provide. Thanks Donna

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Donna, your lid may have been an early manufactured lid and have been exposed to salt crystals which still lined the kilns from the salt glaze days. If this is the case, there is nothing that can be done to lighten this yellow tint. If your lid had some sort of glaze, paint or varnish applied to it, you may use paint stripper to remove it. Paint stripper will not affect the blue lines or original glaze. Try a small area and see what happens. My thoughts are that your lid was exposed to the salt crystals, but without seeing the lid, I cannot say for sure. Al Kohlman

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Crazy Rhythm Pattern

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We just bought a set of cups, saucers, creamer etc. at a flea market and the sign said the pattern is "Crazy Rythms." I cannot find this pattern on your page and wonder if there is a coffee pot that goes with it. Thanks Michael

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Yes Michael, Red Wing made a beverage server with cover in the Crazy Rhythm pattern. Most people would consider this a coffee pot, and undoubtedly that was its primary use. It’s about the size of the 2 quart water pitcher but it has a spout and cover instead of an ice stop. It’s not an easy piece to find but there are some out there. Value is around $100 to $125 in excellent condition.

Larry

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Leaf Magic Pattern

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

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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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