Join Us Monmouth, IL for “Pottery on the Square”
Celebrating Monmouth, Illinois’ historic tradition of creating quality stoneware and pottery is the idea behind our annual Pottery on the Square Swap Meet event on June 28th, 2014 starting at 8:00am and running until noon, on Monmouth’s Public Square. This event also provides a learning opportunity for the aspiring collector. Activities will include a pottery and stoneware swap meet, pottery demonstration, and window display of rare pottery pieces.
The pottery appraisal clinic will begin at 8:30am, where knowledgeable Illinois pottery collectors will be on hand to examine pieces of Illinois pottery brought by the public. Rare items have been seen at the appraiser’s booth and it is exciting to see what prized item might show up.
In conjunction with the event the Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce is offering to the public an opportunity to purchase a handcrafted limited-edition, bristol mini crock with handles and a Monmouth Pottery Company TM two men in a crock logo. The mini crock stands approximately 2 ¼ inches tall and 2 inches in diameter. Each crock is inscribed with 1 of 250 on the bottom along with the Maple City Pottery logo. Only 250 crocks will be made and are on a first come first serve basis. Place your order now for the mini crocks that will be available the day of the event. They are priced at $25 and shipping charges vary based on quantity ordered.
Monmouth Pottery Company was formed on February 1, 1893. They manufactured all kinds of stoneware and survived a few plant fires. Monmouth Pottery Company used their name on their products in different fonts and different designs along with various logos. Then on November 29, 1905 Monmouth Pottery Company was sold and by 1906 was merged with six other pottery companies to form Western Stoneware.
For more information on the event or the commemorative Monmouth Pottery Company Two Men in a crock mini crock please contact the Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce at 309-734-3181 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also go to the “Pottery on the Square” page of the Chamber’s website for information and photos from last year’s event, www.monmouthilchamber.com.
I am wondering what the retail value is for a town and country mustard pot without the spoon. Mint condition, original green chartreuse glaze, and no crazing. I believe this shape was not meant to be available in this color, maybe that makes it more valuable?
A Town & Country mustard pot without its spoon would be worth perhaps $25. The spoon is more difficult to find than the pot and thus more valuable. Of course a complete set with all pieces (including the small plug for the end of the spoon) has the most value.
The mustard pot was produced in two shades of chartreuse. Initially it was available in the pale Town & Country chartreuse. In 1951 Informal Supper Service was introduced. This was a line that included the Festive and Patio supper trays as well as several shapes “borrowed” from Town & Country. The mustard pot and spoon were among those T&C items. Informal Supper Service pieces were glazed in one of the four colors used with the Quartette pattern (Concord line), which was also introduced in 1951. The four colors were Mulberry, Ming Green, Copper Glow and Chartreuse.
Thus your mustard pot could be either Town & Country chartreuse or Concord chartreuse, which is considerably darker than the pale T&C chartreuse. Concord chartreuse may add a few dollars to the value of your mustard pot, but again the spoon alone has considerably more value than the pot alone.
I have searched your website and learned a lot about the different stoneware and the history. It’s been a journey.
I have a friend who has had a stroke and is asking me to help her liquidate her treasures. I have attached photos of her 2 Gallon Redwing Churn that has a 4” Redwing with the Union stamp. There are a couple of what I hope are the crazing cracks? one outside and one inside. There is no lid with this. I could not find a churn close enough to this one to assign a sale value. Thank you and keep up the great public service you all provide.
Laurie, your Red Wing butter churn with the large spider crack in the side would have a value in the area of $50 to $75. Collectors are looking for perfect pieces and with the spider and the spider in the front, the value just falls when there are a number of prefect 2 gallon churns out there for sale that are perfect. Still a cute churn. Al Kohlman
How much is this worth cracked on bottom repaired with silicone
The crack on the bottom of your 15 gallon Red Wing crock is major as far as value goes. Collectors today are looking for perfect pieces and what you have here is really a garage sale crock. With the crack, the value is $30 to $40 at best. Al Kohlman
I recently came across this crock at an estate sale It has the 4 1/2 inch wing and is in near perfect condition with the exception of a tiny base chip about 1/4″ wide by 1/2″ The rest of it is in perfect condition It came with a lid that has a button knob marked with a 1 I know its a Red Wing crock, but is the lid authentic?
Frank, your Red Wing one gallon crock has a value between $350 & $400. Thankfully the chip is really small or the value would have dropped to half. The lid in not a Red Wing lid and therefore has no value. Nice looking piece with a excellent applied red wing. Al Kohlman
We have several pieces of the Regal Restaurant or Hotel China. We bought most of them off a cart outside the Pottery Store in the early nineties. We have several saucers that have a light turquoise tint to them. We bought these from the company store as well. In “Red Wing Art Pottery Two” by Ray Reiss it states on page 187 that these were test saucers. Is there any value or rarity to these saucers?
The Regal pattern is hard to find and to most collectors it is unknown. A Hotel or Restaurant brochure that included Regal surfaced several years ago. This is the only documentation of Regal we have seen. We believe this pattern was introduced not long before the Potteries closed and thus was in production for only a short period.
The Regal brochure states it was available in either white or beige fleck. There is no mention of a light turquoise shade. The two lightly colored saucers could be due to variation in the glaze batch, or could be test plates. Are there markings on the bottom of the saucers? That would help to determine whether these are standard issue saucers or test pieces. Sorry, but in my opinion none of the test saucers shown on page 187 of RR #2 appear to be the same color as yours.
All Regal dinnerware is considered scarce. But it is not in high demand so value is only average. A white Regal cup and saucer would be worth around $15 in excellent condition. The shaded variant may be worth more depending on whether or not there are test markings on the bottom. Such markings would double or triple the value.
I have a one gallon large wing crock similar to one you commented on earlier in April. My crock however is slightly out of round at the lip…about 3/8 wider on one axis than the other. Would that affect the value? I also see some short brown lines inside that could? be cracks, but since they are only 1 or 2 inches long and don’t appear on the exterior, I’m tempted to think they are firing flaws? How about other production flaws like pops and ripples, are they a factor? Forgive me, I really know nothing about crocks and how to grade them. I’ve sold this one twice on ebay for $500, both times to people that never intended to pay. Just want to know a fair price and description.
Mike, your Red Wing 1 gallon crock with the 4 inch wing looks quite nice. From the photo, those short brown lines are from the potter when he was smoothing the clay. These do not affect the value. 3/8″ out of round will haved miminual price affect. Air pops depending on how large and where they are at can have an affect on price. Appearance, detail & darkness all affect value. From what I can see here, yours has a value between $400 & $425. Hope this is helpful. Al Kohlman
I purchased this piece of pottery the other day and it says Redwing on the bottom(barely visible in the last picture). Is this a Gypsy Trail Ware piece? Can you tell me a little bit about it and its value. Also, there is a very slight crack that is very hard to see, how will that affect the value?
In the early 1940s Red Wing produced numerous different fruit-shaped items as part of the Gypsy Trail Hostess Ware line. These items didn’t belong to a specific Gypsy Trail pattern; they were intended to be compatible with the entire Gypsy Trail line. Your apple casserole was introduced in 1940 along with three sizes of bowls, casseroles, cookie jars, marmalade jars and marmites in the shapes of apples, pears and pineapples. These fruit-shaped items were made for several years then phased out. By 1944 all of them were discontinued.
A turquoise 9.5 inch apple casserole in excellent condition is worth $30-35. Any damage reduces the value of dinnerware significantly. My rule of thumb is to reduce the value by 25 to 75% or more depending on the extent and location of the damage. An average hairline crack would reduce the value by about 50%. A long hairline of several inches would reduce the value by more than short hairline. Damage is difficult to evaluate without actually seeing the item.