Owen Minerva Pink Roses Lemonade Pitcher & 6 Tumblers

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  • Item Category: Ceramics
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Nov 13, 2010
  • Channel: Auction House

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Antique Lemonade Set

Pink Roses

Owen Minerva Gold Medal

Auction includes early 1900's lemonade pitcher and a set of six tumblers. I was delighted to find this pitcher with six matching tumblers in such nice condition.

Mark on bottom is Owen Minerva Gold Medal St. Louis. This company was founded by Edward J Owen in 1902 and stayed open until Depression forced it to close in 1932. This set must have been produced after 1904. Owen won a gold medal at the St. Louis World's Fair in that year for "best domestic semi-porcelain". That's when the Gold Medal mark started. (Source: Kovels)

Pitcher stands 5 3/4" tall, measures 7 3/4" across from tip of spout to edge of handle. Tumblers stand 5 1/4" tall.

I find some typical vintage manufacturing imperfections. (Underglaze nicks along base, underglaze indents, underglaze bumps.) I will also point out everything else I see. The pitcher has some areas where the transfer did not adhere properly. These spots are underglaze. They are not chips or flakes. With a loupe, you can see the glaze puddle around them so I believe the pitcher was like this from the beginning.

The gold accent paint along the rims shows a little wear. Every piece is clean inside. Pitcher has some tiny specs of pink paint inside. One glass has tiny specs of white paint. Two tumblers have 1/16" scrapes in pink paint. One has 1/8" scrape on rim. One cup has some spots where pink paint has flaked off and some glaze crazing near rim. With a loupe, I can also see some very faint glaze crazing in pink paint on pitcher. This is not noticed with naked eye.

Other than what I noted above, I do not see any crazing, cracks, hairlines or chips.

I do not consider myself to be an expert on antiques or vintage items, but I have an appreciation for items passed down from generation to generation and absolutely love to shop estate sales and auctions. This is where I purchase most of the items I list.

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Most older pieces show some signs of age and normal wear - - but if there are imperfections, I want to be as honest as possible in my listings and always try to point them out (even if it is something typically found on vintage pieces and considered normal). If you feel the description does not accurately reflect the item you receive, please contact me.


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