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Volume 5  Issue 4




The Ransbottom brothers had alot of experience in pottery. Frank learned from his father, Alfred. His father operated the Bluebird Pottery on farms in Perry and Muskingum Counties in Ohio. Frank's brothers, Ed and Mort, held important positions at Roseville Pottery.

The Ransbottom brothers bought the Oval Ware and Brick Company in Beem City in 1900. Beem City is approximately one mile north of Roseville, Ohio. In early 1901 they began producing as the Ransbottom Brothers Pottery. Their production included stoneware jardinieres cuspidors, and flowerpots. They soon became known as the largest producers of stoneware jars. By 1920, due to the declining market for stoneware jars, they merged with Robinson Clay Product Company to become Robinson-Ransbottom Pottery. They were a maker of tile and brick products. Later their production changed to birdbaths, planting tubs, jardinieres with pedestals, large vases, urns, and strawberry jars. In the 1930's, kitchenware was added to their line of products.

Their line of hand-decorated pieces were made mostly from 1947 - 1957. They recently acquired the Zanesville Stoneware Company in Zanesville, Ohio and are still in production today.

Many people confuse Robinson-Ransbottom with Roseville Pottery. The Robinson-Ransbottom mark is an impressed mark of "R.R.P. Co. Roseville, Ohio", "RRPCo", or a crown. Don't make that same mistake! To view the difference of the Roseville Pottery and Robinson-Ransbottom Marks The Roseville Pottery Exchange

Cookie Jars:

Apple - round with embossed apples
Cow Over The Moon
Dutch Boy
Dutch Girl
Ol' King Cole
Oscar - head with doughboy hat
Owl w/glasses and book
Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Easter - with and w/o gold
Ringed Jar w/tiger cubs on lid
Sheriff Pig - with and w/o gold
Snow Man
Whale w/beret
World War II Soldier
World War II Sailer


Hobnail(1937 - 1943)
Manufactured in solid colors of blue, ivory, pink, turquoise, and yellow.

Kitchenette(1938 - early 1950's)
Over the years pieces were added and dropped. It has evolved into a line called Kitchen. Colors were blue, brown, pink, turquoise, and yellow. Kitchen colors are blue, ivory, jade, peach, and yellow.

It was available in solid colors of blue, cocoa, ivory, jade and yellow.

Zephyrus(1946 or 1947)
Decorated in solid colors of corn yellow, ivory, pink, robin egg blue, and turquoise. A hand-tinted version can be found in turquoise, pink, and blue on an ivory body.

For some examples of their pottery Robinson-Ransbottom Pottery


Mid Ohio Collectibles
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Wisconsin Pottery Association
Official Price Guide To Pottery and Porcelain - Eighth Edition


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