11 hours ago
Friday, May 11, 2012
I am going to have a new section on my site on Fridays once in a while, if anyone is interested.
It will be about antique collecting and their values.
Since I am an antiques dealer and appraiser by profession first, I receive many emails from readers asking me questions about their lamps, jewelry, dishes, etc.
I thought it would be fun to share some of my collections on the blog on a day when you may not feel like cooking. Hey, you might learn something and who knows, maybe you will turn into a collector.
I have been collecting since I was a kid.
I started out with dolls, then graduated to wacky packages (I gave away the disgusting gum inside), then moved on to fine dollhouse miniature furnishings. It was in my blood.
Both my parents and grandparents were collectors and I tagged along to auctions and antiques shops as a young kid.
"HANDS AT YOUR SIDE" was usually my mother's strict rule. And "NO TOUCHING".
I have many collections and I like to buy and sell. It's the thrill of the hunt to find that special piece and the thrill of the sale too!
Here I'll start off my first post showing you my modest collection of stoneware jugs.
These wonderful jugs and crocks are all c.1860-1900. They were used as utilitarian pottery to store liquor, wine, cream, and other liquids. They were usually owned by grocers, imprinted with the name of the store and address.
New York, Pa., New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut seem to be where most of these jugs were made, however, if you ever find a Southern crock or jug, the value is doubled because of the rarity.
Values are anywhere from $75. to a nondescript common crock, to $10,000. for a rare jug with figural cobalt decoration.
If you are interested in knowing more about antiques and their values, you can read a recent interview with me on Here In This House by Elise Jones.
I hope you have enjoyed!
What do you collect?