How to Ask the Experts

Do you have a piece of pottery that has been handed down through the years and when you picked it up you were told “Be careful, it’s Red Wing”? Is it really? Is it rare and priceless? Or perhaps you found something at a yard or estate sale that has that Red Wing look. You may even know it is Red Wing and you want to know more about it. Here is your opportunity to have your questions answered.

A panel of people who are members of the Red Wing Collectors Society, collect Red Wing and many times other pottery, have the respect of their peers for their knowledge and maintain a general interest in Red Wing pottery, has been formed. Your question will be given to the appropriate panel member.

Rose and Steve Splittgerber are the Curators of the Schleich Red Wing Pottery Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska. They have been intimately involved with the museum since the initial design. In addition to Red Wing pottery, the Splittgerber’s also collect Van Briggle pottery. Steve and Rose are active in many pottery organizations such as the Nebraska Redwingers, Iowa Art Pottery Association and the Van Briggle Collectors Society. Even with their extensive knowledge of Red Wing pottery and other pottery, they love to do research to expand their knowledge base.

Larry Roschen has collected Red Wing dinnerware for over 25 years. He and his wife Kathy have collected nearly complete sets of four dinnerware patterns, every known standard production dinner plate, and almost every teapot, pitcher and salt & pepper set made by Red Wing. Larry also has a strong interest in rare, lunch hour, and test or sample dinnerware items. He has presented numerous dinnerware seminars at RWCS MidWinter events and Conventions, and is contributes regularly to the RWCS Newsletter. In recent years Larry has taken an interest in gathering vintage documentation on Red Wing dinnerware lines, primarily old Red Wing price lists, brochures and company memos. These documents help form a more complete picture of production dates and timelines than can be found in existing Red Wing reference books.

Al Kohlmann has been collecting Red Wing Stoneware since 1985 and joined the Red Wing Collectors Society in 1987. His primary interests are stoneware and Red Wing animals, but he has dabbled in other areas of Red wing as well. Al is also a collector of decorated Wisconsin Stoneware. Al’s Red Wing collection started with zinc glaze crocks, from 1 gallon to 60 with lids. From there he moved to zinc glazed butter churns & ice waters (never having an interest in salt glaze). He has now thinned his hobby and collects only decorated salt glaze (tastes must change with age).

To get your question answered, here is the process:

  1. Provide a detailed description of the piece (size, condition, decoration, markings, glaze). If you are asking about dinnerware please include the number of each piece in the place setting.
  2. Attach a picture in the space provided if possible. It’s always helps the Expert to have a visual.
  3. Your question will be sent to the appropriate Expert.
  4. Your question along with the answer will be posted on the website so others can view the question and answer. Neither your full name nor email address will be posted on the web site.
  5. The Expert will provide you with an identification of the piece, the time period it was produced, the rarity/desirability of the item and a range of possible value*.
  6. Please be patient as answers to questions make take a few days to post to the website.

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*Please note. The values provided are estimates only, based on the opinions and experiences of our expert panel. The values do not constitute an appraisal. An appraisal must be done by a certified appraiser and usually constitutes a fee. You may be given a range of value but neither the RWCS nor the expert panel may be held legally liable for them.

The RWCS and the expert panel cannot and will not recommend specific buyers or places to sell your items.

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