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  • Item Category: Fraternal, Political, Organizations
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Dec 21, 2006
  • Channel: Auction House
Up for auction is a Commemorative, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, "The New Deal" Barrel Shape Coffee Mug with a rich golden wheat color glaze featuring a profile of President Roosevelt and the words "The New Deal" impressed in-mold on the side. Based on research and experience, I am inclined to attribute this piece to the Dickinson Pottery Company, A.K.A. the Dickota Pottery Company or possibly even the Rosemeade Pottery, both of North Dakota and closely related for many reasons. I am also prepared to accept any information otherwise disputing this possibility. I honestly admit, I can not say 100% this is the case, but I can offer information that strongly backs it up. The Rosemeade Pottery Company was actually the Wahpeton Pottery Company of Wahpeton, North Dakota and it was founded by Laura Taylor in 1940. The trade name of the potteries products was "Rosemeade". This was the name of a North Dakota township w Laura Taylor was born. Laura Taylor was a native of North Dakota and went to school and became a teacher. She enrolled in a summer course to learn some drawing and modeling for the benefit of her students who were requesting some time be spent on art projects. The rest is history. She re-enrolled into school to study art and found her medium was clay. This was all going on at the same time the Great Depression was really kicking in. Through W.P.A. programs Laura Taylor was able to devote all her time to ceramics as a student and a teacher. Through the W.P.A.- F.A.P.(Works Progress Administration-Federal Arts Project) she was able to teach ceramics and she even represented the University of North Dakota by throwing pots at the 1933 Chicago Worlds Fair. However, it was an F.P.A. ceramics class she was teaching for woman, that lead to a relationship with the Dickota Pottery Company (note spelling) of Dickinson,North Dakota (1892 to 1938). The women needed a place to fire their wares. Dickota Pottery was mostly an industrial clay manufacturer. Items like sewer and drain pipe, but many of these potteries were known to do other products during off peak times to keep the employees working. It is a documented fact that Laura Taylor did do some modeling for the Dickota Pottery. Novelty and other items she designed were sold under the Dickota Pottery name. This all eventually led to the Wahpeton-Rosemeade Pottery of Wahpeton, North Dakota (1940 to 1961). The characteristics of this mug are very "Rosemeade" or "Dickota" like. The golden yellow glaze, the color of the clay as seen on the bottom and the ground smoothness of the bottom can all be seen in examples of Rosemeade products. I must add that Rosemeade did not use any one clay consistently, so other colors can also be seen. They also glazed the bottoms sometimes, but other times they did not. It it is a little harder to give the characteristics of the Dickota Pottery wares, because of their scarcity. I have sold a Dickota Pottery Mug on eBay that was very likely designed by Laura Taylor and it was inscribed Dickota and the bottom was glazed. It was during the Dickota Pottery firings and the F.P.A. days that many of Rosemeades glazes and designs were being developed by the talented Laura Taylor. It would also make sense for this mug to have come from one of these 2 potteries and designed by a member of the F.P.A. due to the fact that President Roosevelt was responsible for these people having a way to make a few dollars during the depression. These programs were all a part of his "New Deal". I will not make a solid attribution to Laura Taylor as the designer of this mug either. If this was a Dickota piece or even a Rosemeade piece, it has been documented that several of the woman from Laura Taylor's F.P.A. classes were talented enough to have their wares fired and sold through Dickota or by another means. The Rosemeade Pottery also had a line of President Theodore Roosevelt commemorative items they manufactured. This was greatly inspired by the Theodore Roosevelt National Park and "Teddy's" involvement with the Dakota Badlands and their protection. He was v...