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Red Wing 1940's Hourglass Vase # 1301 - Mulberry with Grey -- (sorry SOLD)
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Red Wing  1940's Hourglass Vase # 1301  -  Mulberry with Grey -- (sorry SOLD)
Red Wing  1940's Hourglass Vase # 1301  -  Mulberry with Grey -- (sorry SOLD)
Red Wing  1940's Hourglass Vase # 1301  -  Mulberry with Grey -- (sorry SOLD)
Red Wing  1940's Hourglass Vase # 1301  -  Mulberry with Grey -- (sorry SOLD)
Red Wing  1940's Hourglass Vase # 1301  -  Mulberry with Grey -- (sorry SOLD)
Red Wing 1940's Hourglass Vase # 1301 - Mulberry with Grey


The name Red Wing, in the world of pottery, means something different to various collectors. To some, it means Crocks. Big crocks, small crocks and everything in between. To others, it may mean Dinnerware and Kitchenware that is unique, with distinctive shapes, patterns and bold colors. And finally, there are those of us who love Red Wing for the vast array of Artware. Artware features a fascinating variety of styles and glazes in function and decorative pieces of pottery.

Aptly named, Red Wing Pottery had its earliest beginnings in Red Wing, Minnesota in the very late 1860's. After a fire in 1870, it reopened under the Red Wing name in 1872 and continued to expand and prosper through the next nearly 100 years. Red Wing closed its manufacturing doors in 1967. It is possible to place approximate dates on some items, due to the introduction of a particular glaze or mold; however, we are only able here to make our best guesses as to the ages of our pieces.

We have a number of Red Wing pottery items from the Artware category. This piece is just one of them:

In 1953, Red Wing came out with a line they named their Anniversary Series,. The line was also known as the 2300 Series. This grouping consisted of various shapes in some new mold pieces, with the 2300 number series. What made the whole collection unique was that the glazing was done with a glaze over glaze in a drip effect. Two color combinations were used, one being a luster grey over burgundy and the second a luster grey over black. Obviously no two of these pieces were identical, but all are truly striking. It is my understanding that this line was made only for the one year, in 1953. I was able to purchase three pieces from the same collection of this distinctive grouping, and they have been a delight to display. Since it is now time to find new homes for my treasures, I hope someone out there will appreciate their beauty as I do.

I now have doubts as to whether or not this little vase was actually a part of the 1953 Anniversary Line or not. The mold used was actually an older 1940's era mold; however, the burgundy color seems the same as the other two Anniversary pieces we have. Furthermore, my more recent research has discovered a color called Mulberry, and although I have not seen a piece of this color in real life, it appears very close to the Burgundy of the Anniversary pieces. Differing also, is the shade of grey used on the interior of this vase. It is more of a warm greenish grey rather than the pale cool grey, and grey does not drip down the outside of the piece. I have always displayed this little vase with the other two pieces, but I do not want to assume that it is a part of that grouping, when in fact it is likely a 1940's mulberry vase.

This piece is called Vase #1301, and the mold is identified in my research books as being a 1940;s vase. I have called it an Hourglass vase, because that is what the shaping suggests to me. It measures 5 inches tall, with a 3-1/2 inch top opening. The overall width is about 4-1/2 inches. The identification Red Wing U S A and 1301 is impressed on the bottom, under the glazes, although it is difficult to see in the photos.

These pieces from our collection appear to have been previously only displayed, and definitely cared for. They typify the timeliness that Red Wing seemed to convey throughout their production years, and with the recent trend toward the retro era decor, they fit beautifully into today's look.

This piece is in nice condition, with no signs of damage or wear that I can find. Please be sure to look at our two pieces of the 2300 Series, as they display beautifully together as a set with this piece.

I try to describe the items on this site as accurately as possible; however since most of the items are either antique or at best vintage, due to their age, they are sold in "as is" condition. Please examine the pictures and contact us with any questions, to request additional pictures, or to contribute further information, by using the Contact tab on our Home page. We are not experts and always welcome your input.
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