A Small Collection :: Ransburg

Have you noticed Ransburg when you’ve been antiquing?  I see a piece every now and then but not too often.  This brand was started in 1911 in Indianapolis, Indiana; perhaps those of you who live in the mid-west see more of it than those of us on the east coast.  The Harper J. Ransburg Company produced hand-painted, colorful household accessories that sold across the country.  My grandmother received several pieces of Ransburg pottery for wedding shower presents in the 1930’s and passed her pieces on to me.

My pieces are currently on display on a pie safe in my kitchen.
Ransburg Pottery2

The bowl is my favorite piece.  I’m not sure if it is food-safe, so I only use it for display.
Ransburg Bowl

A pitcher matches the bowl.
Ransburg Pitcher

Granny also had salt and pepper shakers with a slightly different but coordinating pattern.
Ransburg Salt and Pepper Shakers

Even though these don’t match perfectly, they still look nice displayed together.
Ransburg Pottery3

A few years ago I purchased a bowl and matching pitcher at a local estate store.
Ransburg Mexican Bowl and Pitcher

Perhaps this pattern was popular in the southwest.
Ransburg Mexican BowlRansburg Mexican Pitcher

These are on display on my porch.  Their orange color goes well with the orange flowers and bow in the hanging arrangement.
Ransburg on Porch

Thanks for stopping by!  This week looks to be a busy one.  I’ve got my eye on the prize, a three day weekend coming up, and hope five days of work fly by quickly.


  1. You’ve got wonderful heirloom pieces from your grandmother! I live in MN and have occasionally seen these pieces in local shops. I see more of the green pieces than your red and orange.

  2. You have some cool collections, Paula. šŸ™‚ I love the pretty flowers one! Good idea to display the other set on your porch. šŸ™‚

  3. I’ve never heard of that pottery but you have a cool collection — I especially like the flower ones. And I’m sure I’ve seen some of it just didn’t know what it was! Now when I see it I will! Thanks for sharing. And family pieces are always the best!

  4. I’m not familiar with this company, but the colors are irresistible. The pieces look great for your autumn decor.

  5. I have never seen this type of pottery while antiquing, but it would certainly catch my eye! You have a neat collection going here!

  6. I’m very much looking forward to a three day weekend myself! I love the bowl and pitcher with the sleeping man, tugs at my Hispanic heartstrings. I’d never heard to Randsberg. You always have the most interesting pieces that also have so much sentimentality attached to them. I’ll have to keep an eye out but honestly I can see I don’t think I’ve ever come across any of them.

  7. What a fun collection! It’s so interesting that they are similar and yet so very different. I made your orzo salad for dinner tonight…can’t wait to dig into that šŸ™‚


  8. You have such wonderful antiques and collections. I love the orange bowl and pitcher outside. They perfectly compliment the arrangement. So pretty!

  9. Paula,

    I am originally from the Midwest and never saw them when I was there. I will have to keep my eyes out now.


  10. I have two orange pitchers in the Ransburg Aster pattern. A 5″ and one a bit larger— maybe 6.5″. They are worn around the lip …. Typical wear for a piece this age. They were in a family yard sale when my grandparents left their large home. The are both from the W Va hills, heading toward Western Md. I’d like to find a home for these pieces. My collections are more blue/white, and my cabinets are full!

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