Scratch-resistant color popular in 19th century pottery

In New England in the 19th century, local pottery often used antique stoneware. They use molds to make useful objects, as well as peculiar figurines and vases that can be decorated by hand.
Bristol sliding glaze is very popular because it is scratch resistant and adds color. An amateur artist made a resting ram to be used as a doorstop. This 9-inch handmade model animal was sold for $144, probably because it lacked part of his horns and an ear.
Question: I have left a Lane Cedar Chest with aroma and firming function. The size of the chest is 17 1/2 inches high, 19 inches deep and 44 inches wide. The inside of the chest is in good condition, but the outside is indeed somewhat worn. I’m not sure if it is worth persisting. Is there any value?
A: Lane was founded in 1912 as the Standard Red Cedar Chest Company in Altavista, Virginia. John Lane is the president, and his son Ed is the vice president and general manager. In 1922, it was renamed The Lane Company.
The company is known for its cedar boxes, which are often used as “hope boxes” by bride-to-be. Lane started making occasional tables in 1951 and expanded to include bedroom, living room and dining furniture series in the 1960s and 70s. Today, Lane is owned by United Furniture Industry.
If you read the numbers backwards, you will find the production date. For example, the serial number 753150 means that the box was produced on 05/13/57. The extra number at the end of the serial number is the factory number.
Lane cedar boxes made before 1987 have old-fashioned locks that can lock and trap children in them. These locks should be removed or replaced. Value depends on style and conditions. Some Lane boxes cost less than US$50, while others are more than US$100.
Q: I have a Weller pottery, which belongs to my grandfather. “Weller” is printed on the base. He is a barber and uses this dress to hold used towels in the barbershop. I am not going to sell it, but I want to know more about this work. I have seen some works with similar glazes (dark green and wine red), but I cannot find any other works of the same shape or size.
Answer: Samuel A. Weller founded pottery in Fultonham, Ohio in 1872. In 1882, the pottery moved to Zanesville, Ohio. By 1915, it was the largest artistic pottery in the world. Hundreds of pottery were made. Weller’s prestige series was discontinued around 1920. Commercial production lines were not produced until the pottery was closed in 1948.
Some ancient Willer pottery sells for thousands of dollars. Products manufactured in the 1920s and later are more affordable. If you can’t handle this work, it’s impossible to make a good evaluation. You should take it to someone nearby who sells antique pottery, or send an email with pictures to
Question: I want to sell vintage lamps made by Chicago HA Best Lamp Company. It has a bronze base and dome glass cover. What is its value?
Answer: Harry Arthur Best founded the HA Best Lamp Company around 1915. The company produces art nouveau and arts and crafts style lamps. It remained open until about 1935. The value of your lamp depends on the type of lampshade. Some HA Best Company lamps with caramel glass shades sell for US$250 to US$850.
From readers: The cold wheat butter advertisement described in your July 2 column did not show cold, lumpy breakfast cereals. It is showing a pudding. Pudding is made from uncooked wheat cream, cranberries or other juices, lemon juice and sugar. Cook for about five minutes, then set aside to cool. After cooling, use a blender to stir for at least 10 minutes until it becomes light and fluffy. Then refrigerate for at least two hours. It comes with fruit, cream or whipped cream.
Tip: Remove the glass covers on the old lamps and wash them on the top rack of the dishwasher, but only if they are not painted or glazed. Use the lowest possible heat on the dishwasher.
Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel answer questions sent to the column by readers. Send a letter with a question describing the size, material (glass, pottery) and your knowledge of the item. Only include two pictures, objects, and any marked or damaged close-ups. Make sure to include your name and return address. By sending a question, you grant a full license for use in any Kovel product. The name, address, or email address will not be published. We do not guarantee the return of the photos, but we will try if it contains a stamped envelope. The questions answered will appear in Kovels Publications. Write to Kovels (the name of this newspaper), King Features Syndicate, 628 Virginia Dr., Orlando, FL 32803, or send an email to

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