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    1887 English Bargeware

    Appraised Value:

    $600 - $800 (1999)

    Updated Value:

    $300 - $500 (2013)

    Appraised on: July 10, 1999

    Appraised in: Salt Lake City, Utah

    Appraised by: Alan Kaplan

    Category: Pottery & Porcelain

    Episode Info: Salt Lake City (#1830)
    Salt Lake City (#414)

    Originally Aired: May 1, 2000

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    Form: Jug
    Material: Pottery
    Period / Style: 19th Century
    Value Range: $600 - $800 (1999)
    Updated Value: $300 - $500 (2013)

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    Appraisal Video: (1:55)


    Appraised By:

    Alan Kaplan
    Glass, Pottery & Porcelain

    Leo Kaplan, Ltd.

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: Well, I know it as a chocolate pot. I don't know very much about it. I suspected it was Majolica, but somebody said, "No, it isn't." So I don't know. I'm up in the air about it.

    APPRAISER: Well, actually, it's earlier than Majolica. The ware is known as bargeware, or canal ware. And in England in the 19th century, lots of people lived on barges in the various canals in London and all around the country, and they painted them these bright colors and had pots of beautiful hanging flowers. But one of the problems about living on a barge is lots of breakage occurs. So you have this ware called bargeware which is big, it's heavy, it's got a broad base, and it's designed so that if the boat's rocking, it's not going to fall over. A lot of times, they're made for people. This one has a name on the front, and it's dated 1887. The finial, which is adorable-- the little miniature pot-- happens to be fairly typical of the ware. And the design, it's colorful relief. As you go around, they painted it with various flowers and birds that you'd have in the area of the canals. So these things were lots of fun. And more than anything else, you find these big pots--- whether they were made for coffee or tea-- you don't find much in the way of table wares. Unfortunately, if you look along the gallery and along the cover, there's been a fair amount of damage and restoration. And it's not unusual to find them damaged. People used them. A pot like this normally, I assume you want to know, would sell for in the $1,200 to $1,500 range. But in its present condition, I would say it's worth about $600 to $800. And it's a really charming example.

    GUEST: It's very interesting.

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