What’s it Worth: Little Red Riding Hood Jar

Reproductions of Little Red Riding Hood cookie jars are easily found; find out what this real set is worth.

Little Red Riding Hood Jar

 

I remember my mother giving me after-school treats from this 12-inch Little Red Riding Hood cookie jar: We also had a matching creamer, sugar dish, and salt and pepper shakers. All pieces are imprinted “Pat.Des. No. 135889″ on the bottom. I’d love to know more.

—A.D., Palm Coast, FL

What’s it worth?

Americans fell in love with Little Red Riding Hood kitchenware through the 1940’s and ’50s. Railroads shipped boxcars full to stores like Woolworth’s and Kresge’s.

Louise Bauer came up with the design, patented by Hull Pottery of Crooksville, Ohio, in 1943. From there, the story gets complicated. The specifics of the design change—an open or closed basket, and the number, type and placement of flowers can affect the value. The details of production change as well!

Hull manufactured blanks and sent them to Royal China and Novelty Co. in Chicago, a division of Regal China Corporation, for decoration. Royal returned them to Hull for distribution, but also produced a few cookie jars, and many of the smaller pieces. That’s why similar-looking pieces may bear different marks.

Your closed-basket jar with red poppies has Regal China markings. In perfect condition, it’s worth about $340. Your creamer and covered sugar bowl are each worth about $85, and the salt and pepper set, $60

Tip from Barbara: Little Red Riding Hood fakes and reproductions abound, including some marked McCoy. You know it’s not “the real McCoy” because McCoy Pottery Company never made any vintage Little Red Riding Hood pieces.

—Barbara J. Eash (Country Woman Magazine’s Antiques Expert)

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