RED WING, Minn. ― The Red Wing Collectors Society members discovered Nov. 8, 2011 that hundreds of pieces of stoneware, restaurant ware and art pottery is missing from a storage unit used for its annual convention.
Missing is more than 100 pieces of hard-to-find Red Wing restaurant ware, along with plain pieces from the Majestic, Tweed Tex, Tan Fleck and plain white Red Wing dinnerware patterns. Thieves also made off with numerous plates, cups, saucers and creamers. The pieces were to be used by children for the “Paint your Plate” event held annually. In fact, nearly all of the items were donated by club members to be used specifically for the KidsView and Young Collectors Program that takes place during convention.
It’s believed the theft occurred sometime during the last two weeks.
RWCS KidsView Co-chairperson Sue Jones Tagliapietra is compiling an inventory of the items that have been stolen. The photos pictured here, which were taken during the 2011 convention, show many of the items that were in the storage unit at the time of the theft. Most of these pieces had a colored and numbered dot sticker on them at the time they were taken.
Anyone who sees these items for sale is urged to contact the Red Wing Police Department at 651-267-2600. For more information on the theft contact Stacy Wegner at the RWCS Business Office at 800-977-7927.
UPDATE: Stacy Wegner reports there is a lead in the theft. Meanwhile, Antique Trader is asking its encouraging readers and subscribers to make a donation to the collecting club.
“Right now our biggest problem is locating enough Red Wing dinnerware pieces that don’t have patterns on them like restaurant ware along with Majestic, Tweet Tex and plain white,” Wegner said. “If there are antique shops that have these patterns and are willing to donate them, we would appreciate them. We have members who search year round and they are getting harder and harder to locate.
“Luckily we have until July to find replacements pieces of these blank lines. Our MidWinter event is a much smaller, younger group of kids so we have a much simpler program then the supplies for Convention that was stolen.”
If you would like to donate blank Red Wing dinnerware to the “Paint your Plate” event, contact Wegner.
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