Monday, March 1, 2010

2nd Time Around Tuesday

I am joining Diane at A Picture is Worth a 1,000 Words for 2nd Time Around Tuesday.  Please join her and see all the second hand treasures.
I have a beautiful blue and white stoneware pitcher that is old and I used it for the first time ever in this tablescape.  
 From about 1900 to the 1940s, embossed Blue & White  stoneware was a standard addition of many American households. It was a regular product line manufactured by many potteries in the American Midwest. These potteries manufactured various Stoneware items to fill a broad range of kitchen, personal hygiene, and other necessities.
The variety of pieces is almost endless and includes pitchers, bowls, salt and butter tubs, kitchen canisters, umbrella stands, chamber pots, and many other items. Many of these pieces are decorated with embossed scenes or designs such as forests, birds, animals, people, and flowers. These pieces are lovely art designs in their own right and most are now quite popular and highly collectible.
Several retail stores usually carried a variety of Stoneware in their sales catalogs. However, many pieces were purchased directly from local general stores and some were usually available as "giveaways" -such as buy a bag of flour and a piece of Stoneware was included. Occasionally, the piece had promotional advertising on it, and those pieces are now very collectible.   All this history obtained at this website
There are a lot of fakes of this pottery due to it's collectible value.  Usually if you turn it over and it looks too good or perfect on the bottom it is probably a fake.

 If it is a fake you might also see seams in the molding of the pottery where it has been reproduced.  The quality is just not as good as in the originals.  Sometimes it is very hard to tell if it is fake.  Mine was  a gift and I am very glad to be using it a 2nd time around.  I will also link to Tuesday Trivia Tie-in at I Refuse to Recede.


bj said...

Thanks so much for the info on this great pottery. I love it. I have a few pieces of stoneware...crocks and etc. in the blue and white. I enjoy it all..\
Come over for a tea party....:)
xo bj

Cindy said...

Very interesting information, I shall bookmark that website. Your piece of pottery is very pretty, I love the other two pieces in the tablescape, too.
Thanks. Cindy S.

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

That really is a very beautiful piece of stoneware!

Sonia said...

What a pretty vignette! I love the blue pottery, the tulips and silver teapot! Just beautiful!

Miss Bloomers/Sonia

mrsnesbitt said...

I love second hand stuff! I have my grandma's jug which I remember her using to make the gravy when I was 8. Sadly part of it broke off, the spout to be exact but we stuck it back on and use it for our gravy too! It must be over 60 years old at least!

Kim said...

This is so very pretty. I appreciate the ideas in your previous post, too.

Denise Marie said...

nothing like a blue crock to put yellow tulips in.

Sharlotte said...

I really like your blue stoneware. Thanks so much for the info...never knew that before! Your first picture has some other really pretty pieces...great shot! Thanks for sharing.

Troy said...

Sherry, thank you for joining Tuesday Trivia Tie-in this week. Your pitcher is fascinating.

I researched Blue and white Staffordshire transferware around Christmas time because Diann wanted some for Christmas, but I didn't make it as far as embossed stoneware.

I am always amazed at the detail and workmanship that used to go into "everyday" items. It's no wonder we value them so much now.

I learned some new and interesting information from your post, hope you join again next week.