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Antiques Considered - March 17, 2010

A lady in King George acquired this pair of glazed pots from a Masonic Lodge in Maine where they had been stored there for many years.  They bear no identifying marks, and are in pristine condition.  They are 9 1/2 inches tall and 13 inches wide.  
These pots, more properly "cachepots", most likely originated at a pottery in Ohio.  From the shape and color, dark on tan, they appear to date from the 1920s.  Ohio had many glass and pottery factories, which put out great quantities of wares.  Items such as these were the rage in the inter-war years and into the 1950s.  I can recall similar pieces from childhood at our family home in Colonial Beach.

Because they are made of pottery, many pots and planters like these became chipped or cracked.  That this pair is in such fine condition, and has remained together for eighty-odd years is remarkable.  The painting and glazing were done by hand, and reflect the spongeware style that began in the nineteenth century and remained popular for over a century.  The term derives from the color having been applied with a sponge in an irregular pattern.  Sometimes the technique is also known as "spatterware."
The absence of an imprinted maker's name of label makes specific attribution as to manufacture impossible, but we can see a distinct correlation with the type of pieces from the Ohio potteries.
Given the superior condition, this pair is worth $150.  I suggest not putting terra cotta pots with plants, nor putting dirt directly in the pots, to display plants or flowers.  A large part of the value of these pieces stems from their excellent condition.  The only way I could recommend putting live plants in them would be in plastic containers that did not drain into the cachepots themselves.
Happy Antiquing!
Lisa and Henry Hull  operate Commonwealth Antiques and Appraisals, Inc. at 5150 Jessie DuPont Hwy. 22570.  (P. O. 35). Wicomico Church, VA 22570. Write to them there or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with pictures and descriptions of items.

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