If you have been watching Ebay, you have probably noticed the prices are all over the place - some items are slipping through at very cheap prices and others are bringing big prices! It is hard to resist bidding on some items when the prices are so much less than they have been in recent years. I think many of us have collected for such a long time that when an item we "need" in our collection comes along, we are ready to pay almost anything. Many of you are collecting the miniatures and there has been a wonderful selection of mini's listed. For those of you with space constraints, the mini's really are the answer. I have never had a lot of success finding them in my local area hence really never collected them, years back I had two friends I would occasionally find them for.
Ed, of ShawneePottery.com, sent me an email regarding a couple of miniature finds -
Just about everyone is familiar with the Spiral Pitcher listed on page 90 of Curran. I have been lucky enough to have found two of them in the last few years. This is a side and front view of a typical Shawnee pottery mini-pitcher in green glaze.
This is a second side view of a matt white pitcher (they are barely 3.5 inches to the tallest point).
I was always curious about these little guys and wondered just what they were. I supposed they were just a "mini cream pitcher" and left it at that. Well guess what? I think that was right because I have now found:
The sugar mate to it!!!! In typical Shawnee burgundy glaze and just 3.25 inches tall! That was a nice find!!!
I wonder if there are additional pieces? Do any of you have similar pieces??????
Melvin and Jean Gibson called the other night. They attended July's Pottery Festival in Zanesville and thought the turn out was pretty good. Nice selection of pottery to choose from but being long time collectors, they didn't find much to add to their collection. They did find a lobster bean pot cookie jar with the brown base, As in all areas several of the long time shops have closed. Auntie Q's no longer has a shop of her own but is in one or more of the local antique malls. I had heard from other friends that Alvin, owner of Clara Belle's is closing down. Remember to send in your ad for the classified section - many of you wanted it, yet few are sending ads in so it can't survive unless you participate!
This little pig is going to market. I haven't decided how just yet. Likely auction, either ebay or on this website. I'll announce it in the October newsletter. It will be your chance to own a very rare piece of Shawnee Pottery !
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