Antique stoneware crocks are beautiful to use around your home, are fun to collect, and are a great investment. Values are going up every year for good quality antique crocks. I have several I inherited from my mother and others I have bought over the years and I love them.
The Production of Stoneware
Antique stoneware crocks are made of clay and fired in a kiln to the strength of stone. The salt glaze was formed by throwing salt into the kiln, which bonded with the silica in the clay forming the glass glaze. In different areas of the country, different glazing methods were used to produce different colors from yellows to deep brow. Unique cobalt blue decorations were also created with cobalt oxide.
A Brown Crock I Recently Purchased
A Cobalt Decorated Crock I Inherited from my Mother
The Value of a Stoneware Crock
The manufacturer, condition of the piece, the cobalt decoration and still having a lid are the key factors affecting the value of your crock. It is very difficult to find crocks that still have their original lids.
The popularity of stoneware crocks has led to numerous reproduction crocks being sold today, so ask the antique dealer if it is original or a reproduction before you buy one.
I am sure you will enjoy having an antique crock or two in your home as much as I do!