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Roadshow 2007 – Coburg, Ontario

Art Pottery from the Weller Pottery

Dickens Ware Series Vase

 

 

 

 When touring with the Roadshow across Canada, it is not uncommon to discover antiques and collectibles that are fine examples of both ingenuity and wonderful craftsmanship.  Such was the case in 2007 in the Ontario town of Coburg when appraising this small ovoid vase with a duck design.  

 The vase was found to be Weller Pottery and part of the Weller's Dickens Ware Series.  Other Weller pottery lines include

Weller Louwelsa, Weller Jap Birdimal, Weller L'Art Nouveau, Weller Sicardo, Weller Eocean and Weller Aurelian pottery lines. Wellers catalogue of pottery lines was extensive and also included; Aurelian, Oriental, Hunter, Pictorial, Monocrone, Golbrogreen & Floretta pottery.

                                                   

Weller art pottery vase

Weller art pottery vase

About the Weller Pottery:

 Samuel Weller opened the original Weller Pottery factory in Fultonham, Ohio in 1872 but moved the pottery to Zanesville, Ohio in 1888.  Zanesville was once known as “Clay City” and “Pottery Capital of the World” due to its’ proximity to the raw materials needed to manufacture stoneware and pottery.  Samuel Weller initially concentrated on utilitarian stoneware items that had a ready market.  Stoneware is made from certain clays that, when fired at high temperatures, become nonporous and very durable.  Stoneware items initially were utilitarian wares such as butter churns, pickle crocks and stone bottles for ginger beer and the like.

 In 1894 Samuel Weller purchased the Lonhuda Faience Pottery which had developed special glazing techniques under  the supervision of Laura Fry, a former Rookwood Pottery designer.  Other designers who worked at the pottery include Charles Upjohn, Jacques Sicard and Frederick Rhead.  By 1904 Weller Pottery was the largest art pottery in the world but due to strong competition from inexpensive Japanese imports was forced to close its’ doors in 1948.

This Weller Pottery “Duck” vase is in an ovoid form with an sgraffito incised pattern and is signed on the bottom with the words “Dickensware” and “Weller”.  Sgraffito is a ceramic decorating technique that incises the layers of coloured slip (liquid clay) with a design to reveal the contrasting colour of the ground beneath.  Sgraffito has been in use since classical times and comes from the Italian word for scratch, sgraffiare. 

 

Hearing the value of her husband’s “ugly little Duck” almost drove the owner’s wife quackers!


 

 

Roadshow 2007 – Pickering, Ontario

 

Early American Pressed Glass

 Adams Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania “What is it and how was it used?”

This is a common question with many of the items that are seen at the Roadshow across Canada.  This pressed glass cheese bell fell into that category! 

 Pressed glass was developed in the 1820’s and it revolutionized glass manufacture.  The technique required the pressing of a gather of molten glass into a metal mold using a plunger.  When the glass was cooled the mold was removed and the pattern would appear pressed into the glass object.  Any seams or sharp pieces would be hand smoothed.  Cheese bells or domes were used to keep the large chunks of hand molded cheese covered from insects and household pests and to stop the cheese from drying out.  They were commonplace in the kitchen during the 18th and 19th centuries and evolved into the collectible refrigerator dishes of the 1940’s & 50’s. This particular cheese bell is known as Early American Pressed Glass (EAPG) in the “Owl and Pussycat” pattern and is attributed to the Adams & Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

 The Adams Company was operated by John Adams and his two sons and produced EAPG from 1851 until 1891.  They created many different forms of pressed glass including dinnerware, lamps and a variety of serving dishes. The pieces manufactured in the “Owl and Pussycat” pattern were seemingly limited to serving dishes.  By 1885 Adams started to introduce tinted glass in blue, green and amber colours. 

Unfortunately for the owner of this particular cheese bell, the condition was less than perfect with some major chips along the rim.  As in every case, condition is paramount and thus the value was minimal.

 

 

 

Owl and Pussycat Adams pressed glass

Owl and Pussycat pattern Adams pressed glass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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