Periodically, I stop and set aside a few posts to explore one of my collections. I’ve done it numerous times with my egg cup collection, as well as my collection of McCoy Pottery. Just the other day, I realized that I hadn’t ‘officially’ explored my collection of Roseville Pottery.
Instead of flowers in my garden, we’ll explore flowers on Roseville. Deal?
As far as the number of pieces I own, I have much less Roseville than I do McCoy – that collection numbers well over 60 pieces. Egg cups? Probably about the same. I’ve been ‘officially’ collecting for only a couple of years, because prices used to be so prohibitive that I could only dream of owning a piece. More on prices later.
Today, we’ll start with the pieces that are in the china cabinet located in the den.
Top shelf, starting from the left:
The pattern is Clematis. This is a flower frog, meant to be part of a shallow dish in the same pattern. This was a gift from Barbara. It’s marked “Roseville” with the identifying numbers 85-135. The first number denotes the shape number and the second number indicates the size.
Next to the flower frog is a blue vase in the Freesia pattern. Marked “Roseville” 119-7. 119 the shape, 7 indicating 7 inches high. I’ve had this vase a long time – it was one of the first pieces I bought – I’m pretty sure it was on eBay.
Next to that is a window box in the Magnolia Pattern. Marked 388-6. Love this shade of blue. Found on eBay. (The little dog was my paternal grandmother’s. It came all the way from Germany.)
Next, one of my favorite pieces; a vase in the Water Lily pattern. I love, love this design. Water Lily comes in brown and blue and this pink/green combination. This is marked “Roseville” 74-7. You guessed it – the vase is 7 inches high. I might have taken part in a small bidding war on this one.
At the end of the row: the double bud vase in the Clematis pattern. Marked “Roseville” 194-5.
Moving on to the next shelf:
A lovely cornucopia in the Magnolia pattern – this was gift from a Sonja, a reader of this blog. Marked “Roseville” 184-6.
A small vase in the Peony pattern – marked “Roseville” 57-4. I won this at a local auction along with another piece for a steal at $24.00.
Next, this vase in the Zephyr Lily pattern. It’s called the ‘pillow vase’ and it’s marked “Roseville” 206-7. It was also a gift from Sonja.
And this candleholder in the Gardenia pattern – marked “Roseville” 652-4½. It’s the other item I snagged at that auction.
Next: maybe my favorite piece at the moment, this vase in the Ixia pattern. Marked “Roseville” 856-8. It’s 8 inches tall and it’s simply gorgeous. I found it on eBay and, I have to admit, bid rather vigorously for it. Stunning. Makes my heart go pitter-patter.
Next, a candleholder in the beautiful Bleeding Heart pattern. Marked “Roseville” 1139-4½. It was a gift from Cathy, a reader of this blog.
A vase in the Snowberry pattern. (Those handles always remind me of a lady standing with her hands on her hips!) This is one of the first pieces that I purchased on eBay. It’s marked “Roseville” 1V-6. Don’t ask me why the first number looks different than the others. Roseville changed things up every once in a while.
This little jardinière in the Bushberry pattern. It’s marked “Roseville” 657-3. This is the first piece of ever purchased. I found it in an antique shop in San Diego. It’s the only piece I could hope to afford at the time.
As to current prices:
Because of budget constraints, along with my concentration on the TSP, I hadn’t searched eBay for any Roseville for a few months. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that prices are high again – for no reason that I can think of. Is it seasonal? Are more people suddenly collecting? I don’t know. But I’ve been looking and I haven’t been bidding. My friend Linda and I exchanged an email about it – she’s noticed the same thing.
Just a friendly warning; prices are a bit high at the moment.
More tomorrow. I’ll also share some collecting tips and recommend some price guides/books that will help you in your search, if you’re so inclined.
Sssssh! Don’t tell Caroline that I’m writing about my collection. Otherwise, you know what will come next.
By the way, if you’re confused; the difference between a black raspberry and a blackberry can be easily determined by taking off the stem. A black raspberry has a hollow core (just like a raspberry) and a blackberry has a white core. Blackberries are more tart to the taste, as well.