Weller Coppertone Vase, ca. 1925

Value (2013) | $2,000 Auction$3,000 Auction

Well, my mother-in-law was walking out to the pear orchard, and we went through the barn loft, and I saw the frog's head sticking up out of the ground.

You said you were pregnant at the time?

Big pregnant, with my third child.

This is how long ago?

50 years ago.

So you saw the frog's head sticking out of the dirt?

Yes. We walked right by and it didn't move, so I just swished my foot across it, and it still didn't move. And I told my mother-in-law that I was going to go back to the barn and get a shovel and dig down and see what this is. So, I got it, and I dug it up, and there was not one blemish on it. Not a crack, chip, or anything. So that's how I found this vase.

And in 50 years, there still isn't a blemish on it.

Yeah, true, and four children, and all those grandchildren you asked me about.

And you have no idea who made this?

No idea whatsoever.

Well, there's a good reason for that because there is a mark on the bottom, but it's kind of blurry. And I've seen the mark before so I know what it is. It says "Weller Pottery," and that's a kiln that they fire pottery in. So that's from the Weller Pottery from Zanesville, Ohio, one of the more famous companies. This is a production piece. It's not a one-of-a-kind artist piece. They made a number of these, sometime around 1925, 1930. It's called their Coppertone line. But it's a particularly good piece of their Coppertone line. And the last one I sold, I sold for $2,800. And I think this is a $2,500 piece and could bring as much as $3,000, right in that price range at auction.

Oh my.

So it's a really good production piece.

Well, golly. Who would have ever thought that you could dig something like this up and it would be worth that much?

So you spoke to your son, the one you were carrying when you found this?

Yeah, yeah, and he said, "Well, she should leave it to me because I was with her when she found it." (chuckles)

Appraisal Details

Rago Arts & Auction Center
Lambertville, NJ
Update (2013)
$2,000 Auction$3,000 Auction
Appraised value (2002)
$2,500 Auction$3,000 Auction
Hot Springs, AR (July 13, 2002)
December 23, 2013: We contacted appraiser David Rago for an updated appraisal in today's market.

Current Appraised Value: $2,000 - $3,000 (Decreased)

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