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Ellie Caruthers is a Colonial Beach Treasure

Ellie Caruthers is a Colonial Beach Treasure

Residents and visitors to Colonial Beach often walk the shores of the Potomac or prowl the town’s an...

Newman returns to the Black and Gold

Newman returns to the Black and Gold

Colonial Beach School Board members are very excited to welcome back former CB Elementary School Pri...

KG Her-icanes win third straight championship

KG Her-icanes win third straight championship

 
The KG Her-icanes Travel Softball team won its third straight tournament on July 19 at the Nat...

HT Pro Watercross Liberty Cup returns to Colonial Beach

HT Pro Watercross Liberty Cup returns to Colonial Beach

Watercraft racing is more than just an adrenalin rush for Loyd Alspaugh, it’s a blend of danger, fun...

Supervisors postpone remainder of School Board appropriations; call for August joint meeting

At a meeting the previous week on June 24, Supervisors had approved allocations of funding for the f...

Landfill vertical expansion explored

King George officials have been considering vertical expansion and gathering information about it si...

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Supervisors postpone remainder of School Board appropriations; call for August joint meeting

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

At a meeting the previous week on June 24, Supervisors had approved allocations of funding for the first quarter of 2014-15 for schools and all county departments, with the expectation that changes wo...

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Colonial Beach - Boil your water

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Don't drink the water, until it is boiled

Public Works Director Rob Murphy said that E-Coli bacteria has been found in a sample of the water system. It is confined to a specific area however he was not...

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Westmoreland County’s Parker Farms Supplies Produce to East Coast

Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Westmoreland County’s Parker Farms Supplies Produce to East Coast

Parker Farms, headquartered near Oak Grove with 2,000 acres of produce growing along the Rappahannock River near Leedstown, is supplying almost every major food chain up and down the East Coast with f...

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Sports

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KG Her-icanes win third straight championship

Wednesday, 23 July 2014
KG Her-icanes win third straight championship

 
The KG Her-icanes Travel Softball team won its third straight tournament on July 19 at the Nationals Warm-Up tournament in Richmond.  The Her-icane ladies played well, winning their pool by...

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Marion Jeanette Yarus

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Marion Jeanette Humphrey Yarus, 93, of Dahlgren, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 14, 2014, at her home. Jeanette was born on May 17, 1921 in Prices Forks (Blacksburg), VA.

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Antiques Considered - July 23, 2014

Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Antiques Considered - July 23, 2014

A lady in the Northern Neck inherited this Victorian sofa from her brother, who was a prominent decorator and antiques dealer.  It was in what possibly was the original horsehair upholstery, and ...

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Antiques Considered - September 25, 2013

Last week’s column on the McCoy vase has elicited an inquiry about this comparable piece of art pottery, a Roseville ashtray.  Roseville was one of McCoy’s principal competitors, both firms having originated in central Ohio. Roseville began as a manufacturer of functional pottery housewares, but in the 1890s entered into the art pottery market.

The firm moved to Zanesville, Ohio in 1898, and remained in business until 1954. Once having moved into the art pottery arena, Roseville, which kept the name after the move to Zanesville, began producing great quantities of items, most of which have blue, pink or brown, as in this case, backgrounds.

The pattern list was extensive. Today the most valuable pieces are in the Cremo pattern. This ashtray is in the magnolia pattern. Cremo pieces bring high prices, but all Roseville commands the market’s attention. Rarely will one find any piece, regardless of how simple, for under $50.

The high point for Roseville came in the interwar years from 1920 to 1940. In that era Roseville was one of the most desirable potteries in America. Production centered on the American market where the demand was consistently strong. After the factory closed in 1954 interest in Roseville declined, and by the 1970s it was virtually non-existent.

About 30 years ago the process reversed itself. Collectors’ societies were formed; books were written, and Roseville was re-discovered. Today it is one of the most collectible forms of American art pottery, with good values maintaining themselves across the board. Unlike the fate of some collectibles, for Roseville the internet has been a boon, not an impediment to good prices. This ashtray is worth $75, and at a competitive auction it might bring significantly more. Our firm has sold pitchers for upwards of $400. In the case of Roseville even restored pieces bring sound prices. Today it is one of the most popular genres on the market.
Happy Antiquing!

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