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Antiques Considered - August 21, 2013

A writer from Classic Shore in Colonial Beach has sent several photographs of this pottery jug that her mother purchased about 20 years ago at an antique shop. The photographs are not very clear, but they show a nice unmarked piece with an unusual spout on the side.  The overall condition appears to be quite good, and the color of the glaze is unusual.


All pottery and stoneware is highly in demand at this time.  Regionally, the most important pieces are those from the Shenandoah Valley and Alexandria.  As this piece is not marked, attribution is difficult.  The unusual positioning of the spout is reminiscent of ones produced in the Carolinas and Georgia, but the color and texturing seem to be more in keeping with that of the Virginia makers.  The reddish hue also opens the possibility that the jug is Pennsylvania Redware, another antique genre that has become extremely popular over the past generation.

Fifty years ago crocks and jugs of this nature were readily available for under $5, but then they were “discovered”, and the prices have soared and books and articles have been written describing the potteries and offering price guides. Today some pieces are bringing well over $1,000.  This one is worth $200, and possibly more were I to examine it in person.  In attributing value, in this case the spout is a major factor in estimating its worth.

I suggest a close examination, particularly around the rim and on the bottom, to try to find any incised markings indicating by whom and where the jug was made. An identifying mark could increase the estimate I have given considerably, and as all antiques have regional appeal, should the jug be of Virginia origin, the value could be much greater.
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