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In the 1930s, the Ransburg Company began to produce hand-decorated metalware--kitchen, bath, and household accessories that sold best in matching patterns.

Based on how they were decorated, Ransburg metalware products fall into three eras:


 

Examples of
metalware
from each era.

Photo of Examples of metalware from each era

Photo of Examples of metalware from each era


Era 1 - 1930's through 1950's - hand painted

Patterns were completely hand painted often with the label:

  • Ransburg - Genuine Hand Painted - Indianapolis
  • Ransburg - Indianapolis - Hand Decorated
  • Ransburg - Originals, Hand Painted - Indianapolis

Round Cake Saver, Chanticleer on red

Round Cake Saver, Chanticleer on red

 

Potato chip can, Kitchen Bouquet on white

Potato chip can, Kitchen Bouquet on white

 

Silent Butler, Floral on green

Silent Butler, Floral on green

 

Era 2 - 1950's and 1960's - silk-screened and hand painted

Patterns were silk-screened with some finishing by hand with the label:

  • Ransburg - Finest in the Field
  • Ransburg - Indianapolis

Drop Door Bread Box, Gourmet on tan

Drop Door Bread Box, Gourmet on tan

 

Model 533 Wastebasket, Fifi on blue

Model 533 Wastebasket, Fifi on blue

 

Model 721 Canister Set, Gold Grapes on white

Model 721 Canister Set, Gold Grapes on white

 

Era 3 - Late 1960's and 1970's - Silk-screened and lithographed

After the Harper J. Ransburg Company was sold to Hamilton Cosco, designs were lithographed or totally silk screened.

Model 236 Canister Set, Poppy on olive

Model 236 Canister Set, Poppy on olive

 

Model 236 Canister Set, Meissen on white

Model 236 Canister Set, Meissen on white

 

Model 236 Canister Set, Bisquick on gold

Model 236 Canister Set, Bisquick on gold


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