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Blue Heart Mystery

Do you know which pottery company produced these jugs with the blue heart mark on the side? We tried to solve this mystery for several years without success and got quite a discussion going on here.

Finally the mystery was solved. You’ll love the whole story!

Miss Kitty

Macomb Pottery Co. brown stoneware jug

This old stoneware jug stands 6-3/4" tall. It is 1-1/2" in diameter at its mouth and has a 5-3/4" diameter base. It is a shiny chocolate brown color, with darker brown drips and mottling. The bottom is glazed, striated in appearance, and contains a faint impression that reads “Macomb Pottery Co”. This was one of seven potteries in the Monmouth, IL area that joined together in 1906 to become the Western Stoneware Co. The others were Weir Pottery, Monmouth Pottery, Macomb Stoneware Company, D Culbertson Stoneware Company, Clinton Stoneware Company, and Fort Dodge Stoneware Company. As far as I know, none of these companies continued to produce pottery under their original names after the merger, which would date this piece to ca. 1906. It’s in amazingly good condition for something that’s nearly a true antique. Of course there are the usual manufacturing bumps and flaws, but there are no cracks or crazing, and only a couple of minor chips at the base. The glaze on one side of the handle has worn away over the decades, undoubtedly from being continually picked up by a right-handed owner, or more likely, a series of owners. Now it’s your turn! (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $50.00 + s/h and insurance

** SOLD **

 

Buchan stoneware whisky flagon

This is a really graceful and attractive brown and beige pottery piece that I would call a pitcher, based on its spout, but which the Buchan folks call a whisky flagon. Alexander Willison Buchan established the company in Portobello, Scotland, in 1867, starting a tradition of making high quality, hand made and hand decorated stoneware. The company moved to Crief in 1972 and is still making pottery today. This flagon stands 7-1/4" inches tall and its diameters are 2-1/8" top, 5" widest point, and 3" base. The top half is a luscious chocolate brown and the bottom half a creamy beige. There is a raised semicircular design on the front that I’ll bet originally held a sticker identifying the special brew inside. The base is unglazed and bears the thistle mark that the company started using in 1949. In addition to “Buchan”, “Portobello, Scotland”, and “Finest Stoneware”, the base also carries the numbers 24/26 and M4, and an incised “D”. I don’t know what any of this means, but based on this flagon’s pristine condition, I’d guess it to have been produced in the late 50's or early 60's. No damage whatsoever. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $35.00 + s/h and insurance

** SOLD **

 

Old dark brown beehive jug

This old beehive jug stands 7" tall, with diameters of 1-5/8" at its mouth and 6-1/4" at its base. It is a deep brown, nearly black, color, with several areas of lighter brown, most notably at its mouth and handle. Its bottom is glazed in a swirly striated pattern that makes the faintly raised circular words impossible to read. At least I can’t, and it’s killing me! Virtually perfect condition, with no chips, cracks, or crazing. There are the usual manufacturing bumps and flaws associated with these vintage pieces, but only one tiny ding at the outside edge of the mouth and a place at the edge of the base where the glazing has flaked away over the decades. If you buy this jug and manage to decipher the words on its bottom, please send me an email and tell me what they say! (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $42.00 + s/h and insurance

 

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Old brown beehive jug

This old beehive jug stands 7" tall, with diameters of 1-3/4" at its mouth and 5-3/4" at its base. It is a dark brown color, with a place at the bottom where the brown didn’t quite make it. It’s not a glaze skip, just a color skip. The jug has a raised band around its circumference where the sloping beehive top meets the straight sides. The bottom is unglazed and unmarked. There are the usual manufacturing bumps and flaws found in vintage jugs like this one, but no chips or cracks. There is one scuffed place near the bottom and a couple of spots at the edge of the bottom itself that are either very shallow chips or, more likely, simply where the “slopped over” glaze has scratched away over the decades. We shook out an old flower stem and a calcified bug, but there’s still something rattling around inside. Whatever it is, it’s been dead for years! (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $37.50 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

Old iridescent brown beehive jug

This old beehive jug really is iridescent! I swear the medium brown glaze must have had a metallic content. The jug positively glows in the light! It stands 7" tall, with diameters of 1-3/4" at the mouth and 6" at the base. There is an incised “F” on one side about 1" down from the neck. The mouth rim is unglazed, as is the unmarked bottom. There are the normal manufacturing glitches common to these vintage pieces, and several places on one side that are either old scuffs or glaze skips. There are also two incisions near the bottom that look like implement slips at the time this piece was created. The only damage that’s clearly owner-caused is a good sized chip at the edge of the mouth. And, oh yeah, let’s not forget the hole that some jerk drilled in the bottom, probably anticipating turning this jug into a lamp. What can I say? It’s still a super display piece! (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $40.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

Old dark brown jug

This old jug stands 7-1/4" tall, with diameters of 1-1/2" at the mouth and 6" at the base. It is a solid deep brown, nearly black, color and has a slightly ribbed appearance and feel. The unmarked bottom is glazed in a swirly brown and tan pattern. There are the normal manufacturing bumps and flaws common to jugs of this vintage, but surprisingly little wear. The mouth has chipping around most of its outer rim and an additional chip on its inner rim. Likewise the handle has wear chipping on both sides, although very slight on one side. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $38.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

Old wide-mouthed dark brown jug

If this large old jug had a spout, I’d consider it a pitcher based on its nearly 5" diameter mouth. Its handle is more that of a jug, however, and I assume the piece originally had a lid that rested on the inner “ledge” about an inch below the rim. The color is a shiny, slightly iridescent, dark brown, with a lighter brown “drape” on the handle side and other slight color variations that you don’t even notice except when the lighting is exactly right. The jug stands 7-1/4" high, and the mouth slopes inward to become a 4-1/4" diameter neck before curving out and down to a 7-1/2" diameter base. The body has several ribs that are more easily seen and felt on the interior than the exterior. The bottom is unglazed and unmarked. Not as many manufacturing bumps and flaws as is usual for these vintage pieces. There is one v-shaped crack and a couple of minor dings on the outside rim, some wear roughness at the edge of the inner “ledge”, and very light wear at the base. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $45.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

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