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Pottery8858 of 10372"Ava" Stone -Ware wondering how old this is and is it worth anything?Japanese pot or something ?
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Posted 6 years ago

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This crock has been in my family for I don't know how long. My grandparents were Germans and lived in the Bronx. I'm 57 now and I remember it being used to make a sauerbraten in it. The meat would marinate for days before cooking it. Yumm. Gravy, noodles! The best Sunday dinners were at Grandmas in Edgewater Park, Bronx, New York. There are no potters initials to be found.

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  1. flowerrose, 6 years ago
    Fascinating piece you have there! Very interesting that it's been in your family for so long. I hope someone here can help you identify it. Thanks for posting this!
  2. art.pottery, 6 years ago
    You'd be surprised how much info can be gleaned from a pic of the base, even if unmarked.

    Your blue & white stoneware lidded crock dates circa very late 1800s or early 1900s. Almost certainly made in US, symbolism has no ties to the Nazi use of swastikas. The symbols are sometimes referred to as "Indian good luck signs".

    Several companies used the swastika symbol, including Brush McCoy. I went through both volume of the Sanford BMcC texts - no luck there.

    Not sure if your crock is a butter or pastry crock. A butter crock would have two pierced or indented "holes" on the lower portion, about an inch down from the rim. A wire & wood bail handle would have attached there.

    I found a similar lid shown in the Taylor & Lowrance text "Salt Glaze Stoneware", pages 122-123. Sadly, that text lacks almost all manufacturer attributions.

    When you add a base pic, can you also add a side-on view of the crock? I can't tell if there is patterning or symbols there.

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