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Friday, December 18, 2009

Pottery Sales: Frankoma, Mikasa, California Pottery, Royal (USA), Haeger, Metlox, Franciscan

Hopefully this will be the last major update that I am forced to do in pieces. The Holiday Sales period is drawing to an end and Google shopping seems to have stopped making changes that are very time consuming and don't seem to have much impact on us "little shops" in terms of sales.

RECENT SALES


Frankoma "Teenagers of the Bible" Wall Plate

Frankoma (Teenagers of the Bible) Wall Plate - click for full size view
Frankoma (Teenagers of the Bible Wall Plate (Back Mark) - click for full size viewFrankoma (Teenagers of the Bible)Wall Plate (Back Mark) - click for full size view

Description -- Jesus the Carpenter". 7 1/8" diameter, 1st in a series of ten plates. Clay body with raised design of Jesus with chisel. Signed on reverse. Issued for the benefit of Youth for Christ International in 1972. Excellent used condition with no chips, cracks or crazing.

Historical Data -- Frankoma Pottery was originally known as The Frank Potteries when John F. Frank opened shop in 1933 in Norman, Oklahoma. In 1938 they moved to Sapulpa. Early wares were made from a light cream-colored clay from Ada, Oklahoma, but in 1956 the company switched to a red burning clay from Sapulpa. John Frank died in 1973 and his daughter, Joniece, inherited the business. Frankoma went bankrupt in 1990. It was bought by Richard Bernstein in 1991 and is still operating.

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Mikasa Amherst Dinner Plates

Mikasa Amherst Dinner Plate - Click for full size view
Mikasa Amherst Dinner Plate (Detail View) - click for full size viewMikasa Amherst Mark - click for full size view

Description --Pattern 5874, 10 3/8" diameter. Black circles, gold band, scrolls on red rim. Excellent used condition with no damage. Issue dates unknown. Current (05/09) replacement value $35.99 each.

Historical Data -- In the 1930's, Mikasa was established as an international trading company based in Secaucus, New Jersey. Named in honor of Prince Mikasa, the youngest brother of Emperor Hirohito, Mikasa soon became one of the most recognized Japanese brand names in the West. The company itself never attempted to "manufacture" any of its dinnerware. Rather, the Mikasa branded items were imported from Japan, Ireland, England, France, and Germany. By the 1950's customer requests were pouring in from all parts of the country, and department stores could not shelve enough stock to meet demand. By the early 1960's, Mikasa had established a reputation as "the pioneer of American casual." The 1970's brought new retail store locations. Showrooms and warehouses appeared in Canada, Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. In an effort to stay as competitive as possible during the 1980's, Mikasa added crystal stemware, stainless steel flatware and other household accessories to its product offerings. Today, Mikasa continues to leverage the momentum it has built over the decades since its start.

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California Pottery Soup Tureen Set

California Pottery Soup Tureen Set - click for full size view
California Pottery Soup Tureen Set )Open Top View) - click for full size viewCalifornia Pottery Soup Tureen Set (Lid Bottom) - click for full size viewCalifornia Pottery Soup Tureen (Bottom Mark) - click for full size view

Description -- Complete with lid, ladle and underplate. All White body, swirl design, with raised grape and leaves design. Overall dimensions 13" x 10 1/2" x 9" tall. Very Good used condition with medium age crazing and a 1/4" rub on the edge of the underplate. "CALIF USA" "783" incised under glaze on bottom. Beautiful piece of California Pottery. I believe this to be circa 1950's.

Historical Data -- The pottery industry in California dates back to the days of the conquistadors. The term California Pottery is primarily used when referring to the many Southern California Potteries that were in operation from the late 1800's to present day. It is a collecting venue that is definitely on the rise and presents the prospect of worthwhile investment with an excellent potential for increased value.

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Royal Old Curiosity Shop Serving Bowl

OLd Curiosity Shop Large Serving Bowl - click for full size view
Royal China (USA) Old Curiosity Shop Large Serving Bowl (Detail View) - click for full size viewRoyal China Old Curiosity Shop (Center Detail) - click for full size view

Description -- Royal China (USA) - Old Curiosity Shop serving bowl. These are the hard to find 10" serving bowl. The more common 9 1/8" bowl has a lower replacement value, but this size has a replacement value (05/09) of $49.99. This bowl is unmarked but I have no doubt that it is Royal Old Curiosity Shop. Center design is a chest and jug. Excellent condition with no chips, cracks or crazing.

Historical Data -- Royal China operated in Ohio from 1934 to 1986. It was purchased by the Jeanette Glass Corp in 1969 but continued to operate under the Royal name. Operations ceased in 1986.

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Haeger Black Panther Figurine

Haegar Black Panther (side view) - click for full size view
Haegar Black Panther (top view) - click for full size viewHaegar Black Panther (Paper Label) - click for full size view

Description -- Shiny black glossy glaze except for the paw bottoms. 23 1/2" x 5 1/4" x 4". Excellent used condition except for bottom wear. Intact but worn paper labels. While the copywrite tag dates this item to 1996, I remember these from my high school days (long, long ago). I'm not sure about value, but I do see them on line occasionally for $50-$90.

Historical Data -- Haeger Potteries of Dundee, Illinois. Founded in 1871 as the Dundee Brickyard (made much of the brick used to rebuild Chicago after the Great Fire) and is still producing fine pottery today.

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Metlox Red Rooster Salad Plates

Metlox Red Rooster Salad Plate - click for full size view
Metlox Red Rooster Salad Plate (Detail View) - click for full size viewMetlox Red Rooster Salad Plate (Bottom Mark - click for full size view
Description -- California Pottery, Poppytrail Division, Provincial Shape One. 7 1/2" diameter, brown rim, rooster center. Excellent used condition, no damage. First issued in 1955 and discontinued in 1979. Current (06/09) replacement value $9.99 each.

Vintage Advertising -- 1968 Metlox Brochure - "Early American with the exciting red coloring that lends style and life to Provincial Ware. The smokey effect on the edges and handles suggest age andenhance the antique feeling."

Historical Data -- The beginning of Metlox Manufacturing Company dates back to 1927 in Manhattan Beach, Ca when Willis and T. C. Prouty became interested in producing the ceramic portion of neon signs.Metlox Manufacturing Company was incorporated in the state of California in 1933. Metlox Manufacturing Company's incorporation was terminated on January 4, 1988.

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Franciscan Hacienda Gold Soup Bowls & Dinner Plates

Franciscan Hacienda Gold Dinner Plate - click for full size view
Franciscan Hacienda Gold Cereal Bowl - click for full size viewFranciscan Hacienda Mark - click for full size view


Description -- California Pottery, Hacienda Line. 10 3/4" diameter dinner plates, 6 3/8" diameter cereal bowls. Gold and tan geometric band. First issued in 1965 and discontinued in 1983. Excellent used condition, no chips, cracks or crazing. In the 1960's, the "hand made" look was back in favor with consumers and the ringed grooves of the Hacienda line were a successful entry into the dinnerware market by Franciscan. US Backstamp. Current replacement value $13.99. These are heavy earthenware plates.

Historical Data -- Gladding, McBean and Company started in 1875. The company grew and acquired other potteries. They made sewer pipes, floor tiles, dinnerwares, and art pottery with a variety of trademarks. In 1934, dinnerware and art pottery were sold under the name Franciscan Ware. The company became Interpace Corporation and in 1979 was purchased by Josiah Wedgwood & Sons. The plant was closed in 1984 and all production was moved to England.


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Franciscan Duet Dinner Plates

Franciscan Duet Dinner Plate - click for full size view
Franciscan Duet Dinner Plate (Detail View) - click for full size viewFranciscan Duet Dinner Plate Mark - click for full size view

Description -- California Pottery. Eclipse Line. 10 7/8" diameter, 2 pink flowers & gray stems. Excellent used condition with no chips, cracks or crazing. Current replacement value on these plates is $13.99 each. Duet was first issued in 1956 and was discontinued in 1961..

Duet -- Duet came in 1956 and evokes images of large tail finned cars and the romance of teenage beach movies. Two romanticized red roses lie entwined to one side of the pieces, exaggerating the already irregular shape. With pink and black colors, it is the embodimentof a 1950's kitchen. This is period dinnerware on a family shape that showcases some of the finest of mid-century design. ("Franciscan - An American Dinnerware Tradition" by Bob Page and Dale Frederiksen)

Historical Data -- Gladding, McBean and Company started in 1875. The company grew and acquired other potteries. They made sewer pipes, floor tiles, dinnerwares, and art pottery with a variety of trademarks. In 1934, dinnerware and art pottery were sold under the name Franciscan Ware. The company became Interpace Corporation and in 1979 was purchased by Josiah Wedgwood & Sons. The plant was closed in 1984 and all production was moved to England.

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