1880s Keeling & Co. Pottery Jug & Bowl
Appraised Value: $200 - $225
IMAGE: 1 of 1
Appraisal Video: (2:46)
Decorative Arts, Glass, Pottery & Porcelain, Silver
Vice President of Special Collections
GUEST: I inherited it from my mom, but I was with her when she purchased it in 1972 at an antique shop in Intercourse, Pennsylvania.
APPRAISER: All right. And do you remember what your mom paid for it back then?
GUEST: I do, actually. She paid $175 for it.
APPRAISER: Okay. What you've got is, as you probably know, we call it a pitcher and bowl.
GUEST: Well, where I come from, we call it a jug and bowl.
APPRAISER: These were made for a long time, and they were made really before indoor plumbing was a widespread phenomenon. They made them up until World War II. I'm going to turn the jug over, and we can have a look at the marker.
GUEST: Okay. You bet.
APPRAISER: First of all, it's very common to find a date on a piece of pottery. Especially the Staffordshire potteries--
APPRAISER: --in the center of England, but very, very rarely is the date on the piece the date that it was made. In fact, the date refers to the date of origin--
APPRAISER: --of the potteries. There's a, a mark there that starts with a K above Late Mayer's.
APPRAISER: That's the mark of the Keeling Company. And Keeling started their pottery… they were in Burslem, in Staffordshire, in 1886. Now, this mark, you can date it quite precisely, in fact, because they started putting England on the mark in about 1891.
APPRAISER: So most likely, this was made in the late 1880s.
APPRAISER: Uh, between 1886 and '91. Maybe within a year or two of that, but even if it wasn't marked, everything about this jug and bowl tells us it's late 1880s--
APPRAISER: --the manner in which it's made, the standard of manufacture, and this very, uh, ornamental transfer-printed decoration. It also has a little touch of gilding around the top,
APPRAISER: that gold band, which is not unusual for that time. And when the gilder did that, he or she perhaps put their mark on the bottom. That little gold number is a gilder's mark.
GUEST: Oh, okay.
APPRAISER: And it basically means, "I did it, and I'm going to get paid because I did it."
APPRAISER: Um, and I'll be honest with you, it's not a valuable piece. And the reason is that it's all related to supply and demand.
APPRAISER: In the 1880s, these were in very heavy supply and very heavy demand.
APPRAISER: Every home kind of needed one of a certain level. Today we don't use them. It's an ornamental thing today. And there are many, many more of them today in supply than there is a demand for them. The price your mother paid back then, of $175 is, quite honestly, not far off what it would be today--
APPRAISER: --in an antique shop. It would be priced at about $200 or maybe $225.
APPRAISER: But, uh,
GUEST: Thank you.
APPRAISER: thanks for bringing it in to ANTIQUES ROADSHOW today.
GUEST: You bet.
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