This example is one of many different reproductions of Little Red Riding Hood (LRRH) pottery designs that began showing up in the collectibles market around the year 2000. Cookie jars were the first new reproduction items to make an appearance, since Hull Pottery's original Little Red Riding Hood cookie jars had begun to reach several hundred dollars in value by that time. Not long after, other types of items from wall pockets to salt and pepper shakers also hit the shelves of reproduction wholesalers. Original LRRH pieces offered by the Hull Pottery Company, who had been assigned the patent for the design by its creator and owner, Louise Bauer, were marketed from 1943 to 1957. Although sold by Hull the pieces were primarily made and decorated for them by the Regal Pottery Company. Some originals were marked with Hull's name, with or without the original design patent number, but many pieces were completely unmarked.
Many of the new reproductions carry very good renditions of the original Hull Pottery mark, so basing a determination of authenticity solely on the fact an item is marked is not recommended as this is not a reliable indicator. Identification is better achieved by noting item characteristics, instead. For instance, being aware of the nature of vitreous china, which is the type of body of which originals were made. Vitrified ware will have a shiny, hard, nonporous nature that is very durable. This was important because original LRRH items were intended for regular household use. For comparison purposes think ceramic bathroom sink or toilet bowl - those items, too, have vitrified bodies. The new reproduction items are all made of cheap, quickly made ceramic bodies. Often the softness of the body can be detected at the unglazed foot rim, which will have an almost chalky look to it. The newer items were fired at low temperature and their bodies are not vitreous in nature. And so, these can easily be differentiated from the vitrified bodies of the originals. Most, if not all, new items show the heavy surface crazing commonly added at the factory to reproductions and fakes because this characteristic is most often mistaken for a sign of age. But vitrified china is not actually susceptible to crazing, so if an item has heavy surface crazing it can be assumed to be made of something other than vitrified china. Being aware of this difference can be the most useful for quickly identifying a new piece. Note the heavy crazing visible on this item.
Original Little Red items, too, were carefully painted. No matter how small the item expect it to have a life-like face with blue eyes that glance to the side, a well-shaped and discernible nose and well-formed lips. Reproduction items will almost invariably have very pale yellow hair blotted with some hasty brown spots or slashes and very little definition for facial features like noses and lips. They also almost always have green eyes that stare hypnotically straight ahead. Unlike the crisp details of the originals, reproductions and fakes generally have noses that are mere blobs and lips hastily painted in a garish red. Blush spots were also present on each cheek in originals, this was part of the original patented design, but these are frequently completely absent on reproduction faces. If you place a new reproduction face next to that of an original the quality differences between molding and painted decorations jumps out at you. See the comparison photo that shows typical authentic Hull Little Red Riding Hood faces inset next to one from the reproduction in this listing.
Authentic Hull LLRH wall planters (often called a wall pocket by sellers) had a mounting hole on back about the size of a dime. This item has a huge hole, which would make it rather unstable on the wall. Reproductions and fakes typically have features that seem illogical in regard to functionality. Reproduction items often are not the same size of the original item they copy, either, but sellers of repros don't always tell the truth about item measurements in their listings because they are already aware measurements might make a collector turn away from the purchase. This means that when buying online knowing the other features to look for can often be of better assistance than measurement numbers.
This individual example is slightly less than 9 inches tall.
Illustrations and Characteristics for Help in Identifying Many Confusing New Items
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