I LOVE CROCKS. I found this crock earlier in the Fall, and if you know anything about antique crocks, they cost a FORTUNE. Especially ones this size. I got this crock for $20, which was definitely a steal, because I have seen many this size (and smaller) that go for $100 or more. I put it next to the front door…wouldn’t this look great with some old umbrellas and/or canes in it?
I did some research online to find out a little more about the marking and maker of the crock. I discovered that this is an early 19th century crock from The Nelson McCoy Sanitary Stoneware Company.
The clover is one of the earliest known marks of the company, along with the other markings shown above. The first three markings were typically incised, or cut into the bottom of the clay body, whereas the clover was stamped on with blue ink. This particular blue marking was stamped on. The M stands for McCoy, and the number denotes the size of the crock in gallons.
I can’t find an exact date of when it was made. I know there were NO markings on the pottery from 1910 to about 1927. In the early 1930′s, the company started veering away from stoneware, food, and sanitary wares and starting making more decorative pottery, which was in very high demand at the time. They changed their name from The Nelson McCoy Sanitary Stoneware Company to the Nelson McCoy Pottery Company to accommodate this shift in their pottery style from utilitarian to more decorative. The markings above were used before this shift, and all of this leads me to believe my crock was made between 1927 and 1934. If anyone knows more about it, or about the value of this crock, I’d love to hear from you! (Historical information found at http://www.mccoypotterycollectorssociety.org/trademarks.htm.)
I found this fun little plate designed by one of my new favorite artists John Derian, for $1! He currently designs kitchen ware and home decor items for Target, so that’s why it may look familiar. I always want to buy his stuff but never want to pay full price…so this was a good find. I just adore his vintage style art.
I’m always on the look out for wooden bowls to paint. SCORE!
Candles attached at the wick have a certain charm that other candles don’t have. They remind me of the old days of dipping your own candles. They have a few dings here and there, so I am going to try a trick I just read about where you use a hair dryer on low heat to smooth out any nicks on candles…it has potential to be a disaster, but I guess I won’t know until I try! hehehe…
That’s all for now. It’s Thursday and you know what that means….almost FRIDAY! Yipppppeeeeeee!