The stoneware pot is essential – AgriNews

There were many small potteries making stoneware and other ceramics for use in the kitchen, bedroom, or farmhouse. Most American-made utensils in the 1800s were made with thick pottery sides in simple shapes with almost no decoration.

The most expensive examples collected today have a design or name on the pot to be traced for age and maker. But unsigned pieces are often identified when sold at auction. It takes an expert; a family legend is not enough.

Conestoga Auction Co. often sells antique and vintage stoneware. Is the side curved or straight? Is there a shaped rim?

Is the interior glazed the same color as the exterior or is the interior different? Are there any quirks in the background formatting?

These clues can be recognized from a photo, but contact the auction and ask how they knew the maker of the unsigned piece.

This pot is similar to others attributed to Shenfelder Pottery of Reading, Pennsylvania. It has a printed mark of the number “1” inside a cogwheel circle.

It has a hand painted blue leafy branch on the outside. “Daniel Peter Shenfelder Reading Pa.” is a well-known brand.

The Conestoga catalog says it was “assigned”, not definitely identified, but the auction house is close to the pottery building and sold many stoneware utensils. This pot sold for $170 after 10 auctions.

How to tell the new from the old milk glass?

Old bottles have become collector’s items, especially those made in rare colors. Cheaper bottles with secure closures were used in the 1930s.

Glass bottles of milk with pretty portraits of women as the underside label were often the decorations of a Victorian barbershop.

Modern copies have been made. The old milk glass is opaque and can be pure white, pale green, robin blue, pink or black.

Glass of milk was not used for dinner plates, but for doorknobs, lamps, vases, and trinkets like salt and pepper. They even made reusable figurative milk glass containing mustard.

When buying, look carefully at the glass of milk. Old glass is smooth and often marked with a shape or pattern number. There are many old and new copies that sell for very low prices.

Current prices

Souvenir tableclothCalifornia, yellow map, cities, multicolored designs of famous landmarks, turquoise background, red scallop border, cotton, 1950s, 50 inch square, $85.

World Exhibitionlamp, New York World’s Fair 1939, etched glass plate with Trylon & Perisphere, square stepped base, electric, bulb behind plate, 7 inch, $240.

Foodbutter churn, wood, stave construction, metal bands, original blue paint, center post, 1800s, $490.

Advertisingbusiness sign, boot, figurative, sheet metal, high shaft, stacked heel, painted black and orange beige, western detailing, late 1800s, 26 1/4 inches, $780.

Point: Use protective pads under furniture legs. Replace them periodically when they become dirty or very flat.

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