30 gallon butterfly crock brings $12,750 at Red Wing Collectors Society sale

Red Wing 30 gallon crock

A 30-gallon salt glaze crock with a cobalt butterfly decoration sold for $12,750 at the July 12, 2012 Red Wing Collectors Society auction. The RWCS celebrated its 35th anniversary at this year’s convention, which brought more than 1,500 visitors to the city of Red Wing from July 11-14, 2012 to buy, sell and learn more about the lines of Red Wing stoneware, pottery and dinnerware. Read More +

The evolution of the cookie jar

vintage Alice in Wonderland cookie jar

Cookie jars evolved from the elegant British biscuit jars found on Victorian-era tables. As the biscuit jar was adapted for use in America, it migrated from the dining table to the kitchen and, by the late 1920s, it was common to find a green-glass jar (or pink or clear), often with an applied label and a screw-top lid, on kitchen counters in the typical American home. Read More +

How to avoid Flow Blue china reproductions

Flow Blue bowl 19th century

Flow Blue is the name applied to china of cobalt blue and white, whose color, when fired in a kiln, produced a flowing or blurred effect. Known patterns of flow blue china were first produced around 1830 in England. The general rule has been “new” indicates recent or contemporary manufacture and “reproduction” is a copy of an older pattern. Problems arise when either are sold at “old” flow blue prices. This list of “new” flow blue, produced since the 1960s, will help you avoid reproductions. Read More +