My Vintage and Antique Pottery Collection

Updated on April 13, 2019
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I love the look and feel of vintage and antique items. My collections contain quite a few beautiful items that I enjoy sharing.

Jaegar & Company Plate in Grape Design
Jaegar & Company Plate in Grape Design | Source

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.

Louise Bavaria Pottery Mark
Louise Bavaria Pottery Mark | Source

Jaeger & Co. Pottery Mark

Bavaria

This photo shows a the pottery mark which was used between 1898 and 1923—it's for the "Louise" series. The company is Porzellanfabrik Jaeger & Co. Marktredwitz.

The Differences Between Porcelain and Pottery

When porcelain is held to the light, it is translucent. Pottery is opaque.

Porcelain is stronger than pottery.

Bone China is porcelain. It has some animal bone ash in the mix of the clay used.

German Beer Pitcher

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Outside of beer pitcher.Opposite side of beer pitcherGerman "Drinke Langsam Aber Viel' - translation "Drink slowly however much"This is the only pottery mark on the bottom. It looks like a number "2".
Outside of beer pitcher.
Outside of beer pitcher. | Source
Opposite side of beer pitcher
Opposite side of beer pitcher | Source
German "Drinke Langsam Aber Viel' - translation "Drink slowly however much"
German "Drinke Langsam Aber Viel' - translation "Drink slowly however much" | Source
This is the only pottery mark on the bottom. It looks like a number "2".
This is the only pottery mark on the bottom. It looks like a number "2". | Source

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

Elderly Lady Planter
Elderly Lady Planter | Source

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

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Very pretty beer stein. We have owned it in our family since at least 1970.Front of Beer SteinFull potters mark. No country of origin on it.Close up of or pottery mark. Looks a bit like a Japanese pottery mark.
Very pretty beer stein. We have owned it in our family since at least 1970.
Very pretty beer stein. We have owned it in our family since at least 1970. | Source
Front of Beer Stein
Front of Beer Stein | Source
Full potters mark. No country of origin on it.
Full potters mark. No country of origin on it. | Source
Close up of or pottery mark. Looks a bit like a Japanese pottery mark.
Close up of or pottery mark. Looks a bit like a Japanese pottery mark. | Source

The Beer Stein Was Made by Marzy & Remy

This mark was used from 1879 to 1964. See the Stein Marks link above for more information.

Italian Vase

Italian-pottery-vase
Italian-pottery-vase | Source

This is very colorful. It was a wedding gift from my grandmother to my mother in 1942. 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

Care of Vintage and Antique Pottery

Vintage and antique pottery was not made with pigments that survive a dishwasher. Always hand wash your pottery.

Georg Schmider Pottery - Zell am Harmersbach, Germany

Georg Schmider Pottery
Georg Schmider Pottery | Source
Georg Schmider Pottery Mark
Georg Schmider Pottery Mark | Source

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 become available from time to time. This has a more autumn color background to it.

Cow Cream Pitcher
Cow Cream Pitcher | Source

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

Roseville, Corinthian Jardinere
Roseville, Corinthian Jardinere | Source

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

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Six sided tea caddy. Referred to as their "Ming" style jar.6 inches high by 3-1/2 wideHand decorated in 22K goldMason's Ironstone pottery mark used after 1920.
Six sided tea caddy. Referred to as their "Ming" style jar.
Six sided tea caddy. Referred to as their "Ming" style jar. | Source
6 inches high by 3-1/2 wide
6 inches high by 3-1/2 wide | Source
Source
Hand decorated in 22K gold
Hand decorated in 22K gold | Source
Mason's Ironstone pottery mark used after 1920.
Mason's Ironstone pottery mark used after 1920. | Source

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

    © 2012 Ellen Gregory

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      • WriterJanis2 profile image

        WriterJanis2 

        6 years ago

        What a beautiful collection.

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        cmadden 

        6 years ago

        I enjoyed looking at your lovely collection!

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        KimGiancaterino 

        6 years ago

        @CruiseReady: I agree ... it's very beautiful.

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        KimGiancaterino 

        6 years ago

        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!

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        CruiseReady 

        7 years ago from East Central Florida

        What a lovely collection, and very enjoyable to look at! I especially like the Georg Schmider piece.

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        Nancy Tate Hellams 

        7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

        I Loved seeing your vintage pottery. I have several pieces of McCoy Pottery and one Edgefield Pottery that is very old.

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        sarasentor lm 

        7 years ago

        Yes i enjoyed looking at vintage pottery.

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        Cynthia Davis 

        7 years ago from Pittsburgh

        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**

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        antoniow 

        7 years ago

        Amazing vintage collection

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        Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

        7 years ago from United States

        Yes, it is quite beautiful!

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        NaturalVamp 

        7 years ago

        what a nice collection you have here dahling. I too enjoyed your selection.

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        Nathalie Roy 

        7 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

        I enjoyed everything vintage, including pottery (and especially Roseville pottery)

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        JoshK47 

        7 years ago

        What very lovely pieces! Thanks for sharing!

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        anonymous 

        7 years ago

        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!

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        Blackspaniel1 

        7 years ago

        Nice lens

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        sousababy 

        7 years ago

        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!

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        anonymous 

        7 years ago

        thanks for sharing your collection of vintage pottery

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        Ellen Gregory 

        7 years ago from Connecticut, USA

        @Lee Hansen: Actually, the cow creamer is from the Italian side of my family. So I remember it with demitasse and cannoli's.

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        Lee Hansen 

        7 years ago from Vermont

        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.

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