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Stoneware crock with salt glaze by F. A. Plaisted & Son, Gardiner, ME

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Posted 7 years ago


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Is this is old, or a reproduction? I am not familiar with the manufacturer, it came from an estate that went up for auction in Delaware. How do I go about determining when it dates to and does anyone know when the manufacturer produced these?

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F. A. Plaisted & Son
Gardiner, ME

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  1. YardSaleDave, 7 years ago
    It,s definitely old, and a nice old crock at that.
  2. SMD SMD, 7 years ago
    Thanks! I just dug up information about the manufacturer. They existed from 1855 - 1876. I also learned that the 2 gallon size is "rare and highly valuable".
  3. YardSaleDave, 7 years ago
    Good for you SMD, nice pick.
  4. SMD SMD, 7 years ago
    Turns out it's not valuable, but at least it's worth double what I paid for it.

    "Hi Sarah,

    Thank you very much for your email and photographs. That mark is pretty
    unusual, but unfortunately the market for Gardiner, Maine, stoneware is
    not particularly strong. Also, although there are some exceptions to the
    rule, the value of American stoneware rests almost entirely in the
    decoration. Consequently, pieces that are essentially undecorated aren't
    very sought-after by collectors. All of this being said, the value of your
    crock would be around $100. I hope this was helpful and if you have any
    other questions, etc., please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Best Regards,
    Brandt Zipp
    Crocker Farm, Inc."

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