Blossom Time dinner plate with an attached metal carrying handle

Question:

Hi,

I am inquiring about the following piece of Red Wing dinnerware I inherited from my grandmother.  I can’t find the correct email address on your “Ask the Experts” section, so I’m sending it to the only email address I could find.

After reviewing your “Ask the Experts” archives, it appears that this 10.5″ x 10.5″ square-ish plate comes from the “Blossom Time” collection, which I think you stated was produced from 1950-55.  I’m wondering if the removable carrying handle was part of the original collection (and if the item thus has a name), and if it adds any value to the piece?  Or, was this handle a generic type of add-on from that era that people could add to plates/platters to make them more portable/versatile?  It is in excellent condition.

Thanks for your help.

Beth

Answer:

The photo shows a Blossom Time dinner plate with an attached metal carrying handle.  Blossom Time is one of many patterns made in the Concord shape.

The metal handle was not listed in Red Wing brochures or price lists.  It was an accessory that could be purchased separately.  The handle was sold by Roberts Colonial House, a company in Chicago.  There may have been a co-marketing agreement with Red Wing, or the handle may have been available for purchase at the Red Wing Pottery Salesroom.  The handle adds minimal value to the Blossom Time plate, perhaps an extra $5 or $10.

I’ve attached two photos of a new unused handle in its original cellophane packaging.  The packaging includes a photo of a handle on a Lotus dinner plate, a sister pattern to Blossom Time.  The Roberts Colonial House handle was sold in the early 1950s.  A few years later Red Wing began to make tidbit trays out of surplus plates by drilling a hole and adding hardware.  It seems likely the tidbit tray concept originated with Roberts Colonial House handle.

Larry

Red Wing Gray-Line (also called sponge band) beater jar

Question:

I recently bought this sponge bowl and it is marked on the bottom with a blue block letter “M” and I would like to know any information about it or if it is Red Wing and the value of this piece. It is about 5.5″ tall and about 5.5″ in diameter (give or take). There are no chips or cracks and is in perfect condition.

Thank You Kyle

Answer:

Kyle, you have a Red Wing Gray-Line (also called sponge band) beater jar.  These were use to beat eggs, cream, butter etc.  In mint condition the value is between $175 & $225.  Al Kohlman

Bohemian Rye jug from South Dakota

Question:

My friend has a Red Wing Stoneware jug. I have attached pictures.  I have been combing the internet to find anything like and cannot.  Could you please give us information and value on it.  Thank you Stacy

Answer:

Stacy, this Bohemian Rye jug from South Dakota is a tough find.  Value today would be $900 to $1000 to the right collector.  Al Kohlman

Bottom Marked Butter Crock

Question:

I recently saw this piece at a antique shop wasn’t sure what its worth or the proper name for it. Could you tell me a little more about this piece from the pictures I attached? There is a couple stickers on the front that are not part of the crock there just price sticker.
The bottom of the crock is stamped Redwing usa.
Any information  what its called and the value would be a helpful.

Thank you, Jim

Answer:

Jim, you have a bottom signed Red Wing butter crock.  These crocks were used to store butter either from the churn or store.  In perfect condition the value is around $40 give or take $5 either way. Al Kohlman

2 gallon Red Wing transition target marked crock

Question:

Hi,

I purchased this 2 gallon zinc crock with a Target design. Is it Red Wing and what could I sell it for? Small inside rim separation and small chip on bottom rim. No cracks or hairlines. Thanks!

Allen

Answer:

Allen, your 2 gallon Red Wing transition target marked crock has a value between $250 & $300. Al Kohlman

4 gallon salt glazed crock with drop 8 with quotations.

Question

I hope you can give me some information on the maker and time of these two crocks. Thank You In Advance, Ron

Answer:

Ron the 4 gallon salt glazed crock on the right is a Red Wing drop 8 with quotations.  It was produced between 1877 & 1895.  Value is between $200 & $250 if in perfect condtion.  The 4 galloon salt glazed crock on the left would be called a lazy 8 target.  It is not Red Wing.  Not being Red Wing, I just have no idea of value or history. Al Kohlman

REd Wing 695 ashtray

Question:

Hi,

I’ve had a such great time looking through the archives and have a question of my own to add!

I have an ashtray marked Red Wing USA 695 that I recently purchased.  Looking to find out more about it (year and value), it is in great condition with no visible damage or wear.  I’ve pasted the photo below.  Thanks!!

Answer:

I was able to locate your piece in the Red Wing Art Pottery book by Ray Reiss. It was made in 1960 and it considered an ashtray. The value according to the book’s 2003 price guide is about $80. Stacy

King of Tarts color available

Question:

Hello Experts,

My question is-

How many King of Tarts were made total in each of the colors?

and are these all the colors?

multi colored

dusty blue

speckled blue green with black

cinnamon

pink with black

wheat

chartreuse

Thanks- Angela

Answer:

Sorry but I have no idea how many King of Tart cookie jars were produced in each of the colors.  I don’t have access to production numbers and to my knowledge no such documentation exists.

We do not have thorough documentation on the King of Tarts cookie jar.  I have brochures from 1955 and 1956 that list the available colors as Fleck Blue and Fleck Pink.  Production of the multicolor jar began in the 1940s as evidenced by jars with an ink stamp that was not used after 1949.  The other colors were likely produced in the early 1950s but we have no documentation of dates or available colors.

My list of available colors would include multicolored, fleck blue with black trim, fleck pink with black trim, dusty blue, rust, and yellow.  Most likely rust = cinnamon and yellow = chartreuse.  I am not aware of a “wheat” colored King of Tarts jar, but would not be surprised to learn there are additional colors that I’ve not seen.

Larry

Gypsy Trail Hostesse ware bowl set

Question:

I received these bowls from my Great-Aunt. I do not know if they are Red Wing Pottery. Could you please check into this for me. I am doing my own research on line on many of the other items but still need help with some. Thank you so much.

Yes, enjoying retirement but miss my clients so much as they became friends thru the years of service.

Myra

Answer:

The bowls in the photo were indeed made by Red Wing as part of their Gypsy Trail Hostess Ware line.  They were introduced in 1940 and were listed in catalogs until 1943.  Many collectors refer to them as Brides bowls and that is the term used in the 1942 catalog.  But catalogs from other years named them Shower bowls or two-toned bowls.  They could be purchased individually, as a nest of five bowls in sizes 5-6-7-8-9 inches, or as a nest of six bowls with the additional 10 inch bowl.  Your nest includes six bowls and thus is the complete set.

Generally these bowls are worth $40-60 each if they are in excellent condition.  Some buyers may be willing to pay a premium to acquire a complete set like yours.  It’s a very nice set!

Larry