Robinson Ransbottom Pottery



2015-06-26 10:46:05

Robinson Ransbottom pottery, not to be confused with Roseville Pottery, is a type of American pottery that was produced between 1900 (Ransbottom) and 2005. In 1920 Robinson merged with Ransbottom, creating the name Robinson Ransbottom. Stoneware jars were the company's most successful pre-1920s product.


Robinson-Ransbottom began as Johnson, Whitmore and Co. in 1856 in Akron, Ohio.

In 1862, the company changed its name to Whitmore, Robinson and Co. Products included Rockingham, stoneware and yellowware.

In 1900, the E.H. Merrill Co. merged with Whitmore, Robinson and Co. to create the Robinson-Merrill Co. By 1902, the company became the Robinson Clay Products Co.

In 1920, Robinson Clay Products of Akron combined with the Ransbottom Brothers Pottery of Roseville to create Robinson-Ransbottom. Four brothers began the Ransbottom Brothers Pottery around 1900.

The pottery was located in Ironspot, a mile north of Roseville. At the time of the merger, Ransbottom Brothers made utilitarian stoneware and bricks. Utilitarian products included bowls, churns, milk pans, poultry fountains, preserve jars, etc.

There are collectors for Robinson-Ransbottom pottery pieces. See Susan and Al Bagdade's "Warman's American Pottery & Porcelain, 2nd Edition" (Krause Publications, 302 pp.; $24.95) for a sample listing. Prices are modest. Most pieces sell below $25.

Collecting information

Condition is an important consideration - any damage should be represented in the price quoted.

Back stamps are various. Robinson-Ransbottom manufactured pieces under a variety of trademarks, e.g., "Old Colony," "Rustic Ware," "Luxor, " Tionesta Art Ware," "Meal Makers Oven Ware," and "Early Stoneware American." Old Colony and Rustic Ware were introduced in the 1930s, with Old Colony remaining in production until 1940 and Rustic Ware being produced into the 1960s.

Novel Robinson Ransbottom cookie jars are popular among some collectors and can fetch hundreds of dollars at auction.

Fakes and reproductions are common - there is almost no collecting area that is not plagued by fakes and reproductions. Collectors should acquaint themselves with genuine Robinson Ransbottom before a purchase and are advised to handle pottery also. Collectors ought to ask themselves, "does this piece look old?" As age is one of the hardest things to emulate. Of course a contemporary cookie jar producer may create an homage cookie jar, or a legitimate copy. If these are properly signed and sold honestly, they can be highly collectible.

Robinson Ransbottom jardinaires and planters are popular, and sought after amongst collectors.

There is a much larger market for Robinson/Ransbottom in the USA.

Price guide

A Robinson/Ransbottom rufftone oil jar sold for $425 in June 2011 at Humler & Nolan.

A Robinson/Ransbottom pottery dog sold for $225 in July 2012 at A-1 Auctions.

A Robinson/Ransbottom umbrella stand sold for $230 in October 2005 at Belhorn Auction Services, LLC.

A Robinson/Ransbottom pottery jardiniere sold for $225 in July 2003 at William J. Jenack Auctioneers.

A lot of four assorted Robinson/Ransbottom cookie jars sold for $150 in November 2012 at Dan Morphy Auctions LLC.

A Robinson/Ransbottom mint condition green falcon sold for $120 in May 2004 at Belhorn Auction Services, LLC.

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