Vintage Black Bauer Ringware Low Pepper Shaker

Category Pottery & Glass Decorative Cookware, Dinnerware & Serveware Salt & Pepper Shakers

Current price $20.00

Listing type Chinese

Location Apple Valley, California 923** US

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Quantity available 1

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Pattern Ringware Ring Ware

Antique No

Shape Somewhat Rounded Triangle

Color Black

Item Diameter 1" top 1 3/4" base rim

Material Clay

Brand Bauer

Type Salt & Pepper Shakers

Care Instructions Hand Wash

Original/Licensed Reproduction Original

Era 1934-62

Item Height 2"

Production Style Stoneware

Production Technique Pottery

Country/Region Of Manufacture United States

Finish Glossy

Handmade No

Item Width 2 1/2 thru bulge

Product Line California Colored Pottery

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We have only the pepper (based on size of holes) available at 20.00. This is definitely vintage and has been in our possession (kitchen cabinet) since late 60's. There are no chips or cracks. Photo of top gives illusion of a few chips at holes. It is uneven edges from holes being punched with a tool. Hole rims are definitely covered with glaze. Shaker has some of those tiny glaze pits, a scratch to the base clay approx 1/4" x 1/16 at widest point covered by the glaze on the under curve of the bulge. The shaker no longer has it's base stopper. Piece was used but NOT abused! There is a tiny curved spot with some raised surface that might have had a Bauer mark but it is definitely unreadable and just a guess.
Per a 1981 Ringware plate interview with Victor Houser (1905-1998) who was Bauer's premiere ceramics engineer, glaze chemist and later the plant II supervisor. "The trademark was in the mold. If you jiggered it with the back side down which most things were it would cut "BAUER" or whatever into the mold. But the darn molds would wear, you see. If you didn't throw them away quite as soon as you could, why, pretty soon that name would be almost obliterated.The reason they all didn't have the "BAUER" mark on the back was because sometimes, I guess, they forgot to put it in the master mold before they made the molds. " So per this interview with Mr. Houser who was with Bauer from 1929-1952 it appears there is Ringware without the Bauer hallmarks. Also in the same interview he stated that the black, ivory and burgundy pieces had smaller quantity production runs. Logic tells us as well as confirms this is why these three colors are harder to find.
Per some research: In 1930 Bauer released their California Colored Pottery Line. "Plainware" was the first product in the line and was so popular that they added their "Ringware" to the line in their basic colors in approx. 1932. In 1934 they added black and in the late 30's added ivory & burgundy. Ringware went on to become such a highly popular ware it evolved into approx. 100 different items during it's lifetime. The company went on to produce art pottery as well as several lines of dinnerware until it's closure in 1962. In 1998 the trademark rights for designs and company name were purchased and began to produce items under new ownership. An experience collector can tell the difference due to colors and glaze for the few items without a mark. Supposedly the new Bauer Co. was upset that some of their items were being sold as vintage so they have added 2000 to their raised mark.
We are seniors and as my husband has health problems I try to only do errands, like Ebay shipping, on Tues. and Fridays.

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