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Roseville Pottery Ashtrays

Roseville Pottery Information | Shape Families

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By 1916, Roseville introduced a systematic method of assigning shape numbers by shape family. Until 1936, the shape numbers were seldom indicated on the actual pottery. Many can be found by studying the shape lists in Bassett's Roseville Prices and the catalog pages in Understanding Roseville Pottery and Jack and Nancy Bomm's Roseville in All Its Splendor. 

For items that do not appear in those books, shape numbers can be identified only by locating an example marked at the factory with a pencil, crayon, or inkstamp notation. You can help! If you find an ashtray marked with a shape number whose line is not identified below, please contact Mark Bassett.
 

15 = Donatello
16 = Donatello
17 = two different shapes--one Donatello; and one Florentine
18 = Matt Green
19 = Matt Green
20 = two different shapes--one Matt Green; and one Imperial (Glazes)
21 = Unknown
22 = Solid Colors
23 = Unknown
24 = Ivory, Tourmaline, Solid Colors
25 = Pine Cone
 

In 1936, Roseville began marking pieces with permanent (either impressed or raised) shape numbers. Examples from older lines that bear impressed or raised shape numbers were made in 1936 (or later).

26 = Bushberry
27 = Peony
28 = Magnolia
29 = Zephyr Lily
 

In 1947, Roseville introduced the first of several new shape numbering systems, none of which were as systematic as the system used between roughly 1916 and 1946.

1AT = Snowberry
94 = Raymor Modern Artware
95 = Raymor Modern Artware
96 = Raymor Modern Artware
97 = Raymor Modern Artware
98-6" = Raymor Modern Artware
99-8" = Raymor Modern Artware
203 = Raymor Modern Stoneware
240-T = Wincraft
498 = Pine Cone Modern
499 = Pine Cone Modern
597-7" = Capri, or Late Capri
598-9" = Capri, or Late Capri
599 = Ming Tree
599-13" = Capri, or Late Capri
799 = Silhouette
1797-5" = Late Capri
1798 = Late Capri
1799-6.5" = Late Capri

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Updated 8/9/09