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Need Help With Id Of This Piece

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I purchased this piece of Frankoma and am not sure what it is, lol. Can anyone help ID it?

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It measures about 11 inches in diameter on the outside and 7 1/2 inches on the inside. It is a little over 2 inches tall.

Thanks in advance for any help!

chloe

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You lucky thing, you! What you have is a #200 12-inch Wedding Ring Bowl. Yours is a particularly nice example of this piece since, from the looks of your photo, it appears to be Ada clay (which dates it to pre-1955) and has a lovely Prairie Green glaze. The #200 was produced by Frankoma from 1949 to 1957. Its book value is $20-25 for Sapulpa clay and $25-45 for Ada clay.

Flower bowls were (and are still) used as centerpieces filled with small, short-stemmed flowers like pansies or other flowers (carnations, for example) with their stems cut very short. Sometimes a few candles are strategically added among the flowers, and the center of the ring may contain another, larger flower arrangement in a separate container.

It may interest you to know that Frankoma made a miniature of this piece -- the #511 Mini Wedding Ring Bowl. It was first used as the Franks' Christmas card in 1954 (the Christmas card pieces were signed on the bottom), and then produced, without the signature, from 1955 to 1960. The #511 Christmas card book value is $65-75, and those produced later (all in Sapulpa clay) $40-45.

Congratulations on your nice Frankoma find!

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