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Millennials turning to old stoneware jugs, crocks?
For the past two years, antique
stoneware has been purchased by
a growing number of younger collectors.
That’s interesting, since so many
other, once popular antiques are
passed up at auctions, shows and
One reason is that stoneware not
only is an important part of American
history, it fits into their smaller
living spaces. Another reason is
that many crocks and jugs are still
affordable — not cheap, but affordable.
Exceptions are rarities.
While historic stoneware pieces
show up at a variety of auction
galleries, for serious collectors,
Crocker Farm Auctions is where the
good stuff is.
Adding to the appeal is the setting,
as the auctions are held in the
1841 Gorsuch barn in Sparks, Md.
In 2014, a record was set for a
Pennsylvania stoneware jug. It
depicted a brushed design of a
Civil War soldier’s profile and the
maker’s name: Cowder and Wilcox.
It sold to a collector for a whopping
During the 19th century, a variety
of American stoneware items were
made in addition to jars, crocks
Figures and animal forms were
molded by hand.
There were also Toby mugs, toys,
bird and animal form whistles and
CLUES : Reproductions of jars,
jugs with cobalt painted birds and
floral motifs have been fooling beginning
collectors since the 1960s.
By now, these have signs of wear.
Pieces made after 1800 had a
dark brown glaze that acted as a
sealer covering the inside.
Pieces made after 1825 had applied
designs of leaves and fruit.
When a piece can be traced to a
potter, this is as good as a signature.
Beginning in the 19th century,
pieces were stamped with the potter’s
This acted as a trademark, not as
an artisan’s signature.
Rare motifs are houses, compasses,
ships and eagles.
Unusual glazes, such as sponge
ware, can add value to an otherwise
Mid 19-century, bell-shaped,
molasses jugs are still around and
modestly priced. Usually, they have
a brown glaze and potters’ marks.
There are still undiscovered
pieces awaiting discovery.
Be wary of reproductions planted
in barns and shops.
If you’re paying more than $200,
ask for written documentation.
Do you have an antique item and
need more information? For a personal
reply, send a photo, along with history,
size and any signatures with a selfaddressed,
stamped envelope and $25
to Anne Gilbert, 1811 Renaissance
Commons Blvd., No. 2319, Boynton
Beach, FL 33426.
CROCKER FARM AUCTIONS
CROCKER FARM AUCTIONS
This stoneware jug, from
Crowder and Wilcox pottery,
sold for $97,750 at auction.
Here is a stoneware cream
jar, c. 1875, with a federal
Beneficial insects help control bug problems
You can naturally maintain and
improve the health of the plants in
your yard, landscape or garden by
attracting beneficial insects.
You might have heard about
beneficial insects, but do you know
what insects are included in this category,
what they look like and how
to attract them?
Attracting beneficial insects to
your garden, as well as your landscape,
is a great way to increase
plant health and productivity naturally,
without the use of harmful
Some common beneficial insects
are ladybugs, both the juvenile and
adult stage; lacewing adult and
juvenile stage; and the solitary bee,
such as the leaf cutting bee or the
These beneficial insects not only
need insects to survive on, but they
also require a source of pollen for
Ladybugs and lacewings are
attracted to plants such as fennel, cilantro,
dill, caraway, tansy and other
To attract them, provide a constant
water source. Fill a shallow
dish with a layer of pebbles or small
rocks and add water to cover the
bottom half of the rocks.
Both the adult and larval ladybug,
along with the two stages of
lacewing, fall into the “predatory
insect” category of beneficial insects
and will eat a wide variety of insect
pests, including aphids, mites, white
flies, leaf hoppers, mealy bugs, scale
insects and various other types of
The other types of beneficial
insects to attract to your yard are
pollinators. This includes what are
called solitary bees.
There are more than 140 different
species of solitary bees across
North America. Unlike honeybees,
solitary bees live independently and
do not have a hive. These small bees
are wonderful to have around your
landscape and garden.
Solitary bees are very docile and
will only sting when trapped or
GARDENTIP: Slugs and snails are a problem in the
flower and vegetable garden because of all the rain.
Treat soil around plants with Sluggo, an organic slug
and snail control.
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Leafcutting bees (left) and mason bees are solitary and don’t have
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