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Old Rumrill Ivory with Blue Interior Vase
Offered is this Old Rumrill Vase. It is about five and one-half inches tall and six and three-quarter inches in diameter at the mouth. Rumrill farmed out production of vases and sometimes quality could have been better. This vase did not have the white glaze applied heavy enough, so some of the blue undercoat shows through in places. This offers an interesting effect, perhaps not favorable. There is also a small chip on the rim which looks as if it were made during production. The chip itself is rather minuscule, but there is a small hairline that extends from it for about 1/4 of an inch. It seems stable, but its there. It does not extend to the inside of the vase.
A Little RumRill History.....
RumRill Pottery was the child of Texan George Rumrill. Mr Rumrill had experience in manufacturing pottery since he had also started Niloak and Camark during the late 1920's and early 1930's.The Rumrill offices were in Little Rock Arkansas but Rumrill designs were manufactured at established companies such as Red Wing , Shawnee, Florence, and finally Gonder .Rumrill pottery was made in Minnesota by Red Wing from 1931 to 1938. Operations were moved to Zanesville Ohio from 1938 to 1942. As can be imagined, doing business long distance in the 1930's had severe drawbacks. Timely communication was impossible and many production mistakes occurred and opportunities were lost. In October of 1941 a fire destroyed the the Florence Pottery Co where the RumRill was being manufactured at that time. Later that year George Rumrill was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Rumrill's molds had been stored elsewhere and within six weeks of the fire, plant manager Gonder started his own pottery company. Gonder began producing RumRill pottery, but the production of RumRill Pottery was affected by George Rumrill's declining health. In July of 1943 George Rumrill passed away, thus ending the short history of Rumrill Pottery.
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