Most millennials have no idea of what American earthenware known as “redware” is. You may have a rust-color piece in your attic. Historically, it once was an important part of early American food service and decorative objects, in 18th and 19th Pennsylvania. It was very pricey until recently. However a rare decorative item can still be worth hundreds of dollars. Consider the redware figural lion coming up at a Pook & Pook auction. The estimate is $400 or more.

Among the rarest examples are mantel ornaments and figurines that were primitive copies of the then, 19th century, popular English Staffordshire china objects. The rust color was often replaced with green, red or yellow when the objects were pipes, figurines or even coin banks.