I love the look and feel of vintage and antique items. My collections contain quite a few beautiful items that I enjoy sharing.
My Favorite Pieces of Vintage and Antique Pottery
A lot of the pieces in my antique pottery collection are a mystery to me. Unlike my vintage teacup collection and my vintage porcelain collection, I do not have as much information about my pottery to share. However, the photographs of the beautiful pieces are worth sharing, and I will tell you everything I know and share photos of the pottery marks.
One of my favorite cabinet plates is shown as the introduction photo. It was made by Jaeger & Co. There are similar plates made by Jaeger & Co. with an apple or plum design on the front. It is signed on the front by A. Koch, the artist who hand-painted the design.
Bavaria Jaeger & Co. Pottery Mark
This photo shows a pottery mark which was used between 1898 and 1923—it's for the "Louise" series. The company is Porzellanfabrik Jaeger & Co. Marktredwitz.
German Beer Pitcher
I can tell you it was in my parents' home in the 1970s, but I believe it pre-dates that.
The other curious thing about it is, if I put flowers in it, they die in a day. It leads me to believe there is probably lead or some other chemical in the paint. Hence, I never use it to serve a beverage.
Identifying the pottery mark is difficult. The pottery mark is incised and looks like an "S" or a reversed "2". If you have any information on this pitcher's origin, please leave a comment in the comment section at the end of this article.
Vintage Peasant-Looking Woman Planter
Although this is broken in numerous places, I include it here because I love it. Ever since I was a little child, I remember it sitting on my grandmother's end table radio combo. Besides the sentimental value, I just love the character of the lady and the coloring of the planter; it looks so Old World.
The only pottery mark is "9011". If you have any information on the manufacturer and origin of my lady planter, please leave a comment.
Vintage Pottery Beer Stein
The Beer Stein was made by Marzy & Remy. This mark was used from 1879 to 1964. See the Stein Marks link at the end of this article for more information.
This is a very colorful vase. It was a wedding gift from my grandmother to my mother in 1942, and it is typical of Italian ceramics. The only mark on the bottom is the word "Italy" painted. Suggestions from readers so far are: Majolica or Deruta from Umbria, Italy
Georg Schmider Pottery—Zell am Harmersbach, Germany
This is considered majolica pottery as it is tin-glazed. The "S" inside the "G" on the pottery mark indicates this was made by Georg Schmider in Zell am Hermersbach, Germany.
I see quite a few Georg Schmider pottery marks similar to the one on the back of this plate. All were used after 1933. There are many varied and beautiful patterns. Plates with an aqua background include water lilies, dandelions, and birds. The rustic-looking maple leaf becomes available from time to time. This has a more autumn color background to it.
Vintage Cow Cream Pitcher
This cow creamer belonged to my grandmother. I believe this is a very inexpensive piece of pottery. I include it here for its historical value. In the 1950s, almost everyone had one of these. No matter what their china pattern, the cow creamer came out with the coffee. It is only marked "Japan" on the bottom in paint.
Roseville Pottery—Corinthian Jardiniere
This is called a jardiniere. It consists of a pedestal with a separate flower pot. When I first wrote about this piece I only had the pedestal and not the pot. It was my grandmother's and for as far back as I can remember she only had the pedestal and used it with a mismatched pot as her matching pot broke. It's not unusual today to find only one piece of a jardiniere surviving.
Luckily, while re-editing this article, I found a matching pot for sale on eBay. I feel as if I found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. This is one of my favorite pieces, in the Corinthian design, it was manufactured by Roseville in 1923. The column is fluted, the base has a design of flowers, and the top has an egg and dart design.
Roseville Pottery Reproductions
Be aware that there are many reproductions of Roseville pottery. Some of them are quite good and may easily fool even the very knowledgeable buyer.
If you are truly interested in purchasing Roseville pottery, you should arm yourself with as much information as possible before making an expensive purchase. Photographs of the pottery marks and clear pictures of the patterns will help. Warman's makes a very good guide for identifying pottery marks and spotting fakes.
Mason's Ironstone, Brocade Pattern Pattern (Discontinued in 1977)
Pottery Mark Information
- Welcome to Stein Marks
The Stein Mark Identification web-site compiled by Chris Wheeler.
- Porcelain Marks and More
An interesting site loaded with porcelain and pottery mark identifications.
- Pottery & Porcelain Marks
Blogspot and directory of international pottery marks
© 2012 Ellen Gregory
Have you enjoyed looking at vintage pottery?
WriterJanis2 on June 07, 2013:
What a beautiful collection.
cmadden on February 14, 2013:
I enjoyed looking at your lovely collection!
KimGiancaterino on September 28, 2012:
@CruiseReady: I agree ... it's very beautiful.
KimGiancaterino on September 28, 2012:
I loved looking at your pottery, and I'm so glad you were able to get feedback on some of your vintage items. The intro photo caught my eye, because my grandmother had a collection of those plates and also a bowl. I'll have to ask my mom about the markings. Your Corinthian Jardiniere is stunning. What a coup!
CruiseReady from East Central Florida on August 16, 2012:
What a lovely collection, and very enjoyable to look at! I especially like the Georg Schmider piece.
Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on August 04, 2012:
I Loved seeing your vintage pottery. I have several pieces of McCoy Pottery and one Edgefield Pottery that is very old.
sarasentor lm on June 14, 2012:
Yes i enjoyed looking at vintage pottery.
Cynthia Davis from Pittsburgh on June 04, 2012:
I do have a few pieces of vintage pottery that I treasure very much. I love the intricate patterns on Roseville, Weller, and Rookwood. You have a lovely pottery collection. Angel Blessings**
antoniow on June 04, 2012:
Amazing vintage collection
Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on May 28, 2012:
Yes, it is quite beautiful!
NaturalVamp on May 07, 2012:
what a nice collection you have here dahling. I too enjoyed your selection.
Nathalie Roy from France (Canadian expat) on May 02, 2012:
I enjoyed everything vintage, including pottery (and especially Roseville pottery)
JoshK47 on April 05, 2012:
What very lovely pieces! Thanks for sharing!
anonymous on March 05, 2012:
Very enjoyable lens! I live where Roseville and Weller pottery was made, and there's an annual Pottery Festival where pottery lovers buy, sell and marvel over pieces of this collectible pottery. You have some lovely pieces (and I saw after my advice about Majolica ware, that you knew quite well what Majolica is--sorry!) Lovely lens!
Blackspaniel1 on March 01, 2012:
sousababy on February 29, 2012:
Yes, I loved this. MaxReily is another lensmaster who may know more. I'll send her the link to your lens. Her lens is: http://www.squidoo.com/art-pottery
It won a purple star (and she is a really, really nice lady too & a great writer).
Hope it helps!
anonymous on February 10, 2012:
thanks for sharing your collection of vintage pottery
Ellen Gregory (author) from Connecticut, USA on February 08, 2012:
@Lee Hansen: Actually, the cow creamer is from the Italian side of my family. So I remember it with demitasse and cannoli's.
Lee Hansen from Vermont on February 08, 2012:
I loved visiting my Nana and having lunch with her as a family. She always made the same meal - knockwurst, potato salad, carrots, bread and butter, and coffee with cream in the cow pitcher. My mother still has the pitcher and she's added several to it and now has a cute kitschy cow creamer collection. She's also got a very old beer stein that was her father's, in the short round style that's valuable like yours.