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    Posted 3 years ago

    Alxsmith
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    I need some help identifying this item. This came from my grandmothers house who passed away in 1991. Her house was full of small nick knack items and I’m sorting through a box that’s been in storage this whole time. I’m certain it is marked acoma (paint is a bit worn off the bottom Though) and From the texture it’s hand made not greenware. I would love to know what era this is from. Her mother had moved in with her when I was a child so it could of come from my great grandmother or Even earlier. They had a bunch of family antiques dating back to early 1800s. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!!

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    1. CanyonRoad, 3 years ago
      The style of decoration points to the mid-20th century, late 1940s-1950s, when these flower designs were popular on Acoma pots. The designs on Acoma pots changed over the years, and usually, along with the forms themselves, and how it is signed (or not signed), can help date the pottery.

      In the 1960s the clay source at Acoma changed, and resulted in pots which develped severe pitting and limestone pop-outs, (which helps date 1960s Acoma pottery). Since the pitting often didn't appear for month or even years after being fired, it took a while for the potters to realize what was happening, and to find a new suitable clay.

      The original price on the bottom of the pot also helps date it. The practice was seldom used after the 1960s
    2. Alxsmith, 3 years ago
      That’s great info thank you!! By looking at it, I don’t see pitting or pop outs, so I’m gonna assume this is something from 40s or 50s. That would make it something that was my grandmothers instead of something from my great grandmother or earlier. Which makes sense, a lot of these little items my great great grandmother labeled, believe it or not, unfortunately some of them I can not read since they have faded. Do you think it says 20¢ underneath? Does that help narrow down the date at all? I know she and my grandpa did some road trips after ww2. But she could of also picked it up with on trips with her parents before she was married in the 30s or early 40s.

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