New china rolling pinsBy Mark Chervenka
New china rolling pins
The shape of the new 15½-inch china rolling pin shown in Fig. 1 is virtually identical to the china rolling pins made by Harker Pottery, ca. 1935-1955. The new wild rose floral decoration, Fig. 2, on the new pin, is a close match to several vintage decorations including Rose I shown in Fig. 3 as well as Amy and Rose II.
Probably the easiest way to separate old from new is to look for a new mark, Fig. 5, which appears in gold. Unfortunately, the gold mark is applied over the glaze and is easily removed.
Another good test is to check the ring on the handle. We've now talked with owners of several other new examples and all the new rings have glaze problems. The insides of all the new rings reported so far are raw bisque, they are not glazed (Fig. 4).
Harker Pottery, which closed in 1972, was the only company to make this particular style of china rolling pin. Harker China was a trade name of Harker Pottery used in the 1950s. There are likely other new pins made with other types and styles of decorations.