Golden Viking Dinnerware pattern


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.


Provincial dinnerware, rust color



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!


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.



Streamlined water jug, Gypsy Trail Hostess Ware line


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


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


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.




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


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


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


Magnolia Tea and Coffee cups


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!




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!



Removing paint from dinnerware


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.


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!


Cleaning grease stains


I came across your informative article on cleaning dinnerware,etc.
I have a Redwing Chef Pierre cookie jar that looks like it may have had grease stored in the bottom—so there is browning.
Do you think the 40% peroxide would work on this? What about the hot water in a dishwasher?
Any advice appreciated!


The greasy stains at the bottom of the Chef cookie jar are most likely the result of being used for its intended purpose, storing cookies.  Cookies contain oils and fats, and the glaze on these jars were often susceptible to penetration by grease from the cookies.  Such stains are very common.

I doubt that hot water or a run through a dishwasher would be of much help in removing these stains.  Water and oil don’t mix, so water won’t displace the grease that is present under the glaze.  While I have not used hydrogen peroxide to clean a Chef cookie jar, I have used it to successfully clean other stained Red Wing items made in same era with similar glazes. No guarantees of course, but I am confident the cleaning process described in my article will improve the appearance of your jar.  Good luck!

Normandy Pattern, Provincial shape, early version


I went to your site in hopes to find out if this is Red Wing dinnerware.  It is very
lovely, has the same flower as Orleans pattern, but different bowl trim.  I would like to offer it for sale in my shop, but need to know when it was produced and value.  Thank you Jan


The photo shows a covered casserole and covered cream soup in the early version of the Normandy pattern.  It was one of four patterns in the Provincial shape introduced
in 1941.  This early Normandy version was made for only about one year; it is not included with the other three patterns in a 1942 catalog.  The early version of Ardennes was discontinued a few years later.  Both patterns were revised and reintroduced in 1949.  This more common version of Normandy with the prominent red apple was produced from 1949 to 1952.

Early Normandy is considered rare and quite valuable today.  As with all dinnerware the
value depends on condition.  In excellent condition, the cover casserole would be worth $75-100 and the covered cream soup $40-50.  Crazing and stains are often found in Red Wing dinnerware made in the 1940s.  Any damage including chips, nicks, cracks, stains, and hairlines will reduce the value considerably.


Gypsy Trail dinnerware, marmalade jar




This item is from the Gypsy Trail dinnerware line and was produced in the early 1940s.  The catalog called this item a marmalade jar.  Yours is in the shape of an apple but is missing the cover.  I’ve attached a photo of a an apple marmalade jar with cover.

Red Wing made marmalade jars in a variety of styles, shapes and colors.  The shapes include apple, pear and pineapple.  Colors include yellow, turquoise, blue, orange, pink, and light green. Marmalade jars were available with an attached stand (under plate) like yours or with no stand.  Red Wing also made a stand-alone stand could be purchased to go with jars without an attached stand.


Colonnes Teapot


I picked up at auction last week a box of RW which included a Futura Colonnes teapot in new-looking condition (no crazing, chips, cracks, or signs of use.)

The “ask the experts” info on your site (which I adore) rates this pattern as both a desired collectible, and uncommon.  I am unable to find a price range for it.

1.  how does one establish a fair price?

2.  what venues exist to sell an unusual piece– besides antique dealers and e-bay?
again, I am most grateful for any advice from the experts.



The Colonnes pattern was for only one year (1957), thus it is difficult to find today.  As with most patterns the teapot is among the more highly sought pieces in the Colonnes
pattern.  A Colonnes teapot in mint condition would be worth around $200 to a knowledgeable collector.


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