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Join Us This Sunday, January 26th at the Jamestown Village Vintage Flea Market in Tustin

Billy Blue Eye Pottery and Paintings is pleased to announce our return to the Jamestown Village Vintage Flea Market in Tustin, California this Sunday, January 26th.

Red Wing Pottery, c.1940's 8" Vase with Embossed Acanthus leaves in coral & ivory, $109.00

Red Wing Pottery, c.1940’s 8″ Vase with Embossed Acanthus leaves in Coral & Ivory, $109.00

The event is held on the fourth Sunday of every month in the Jamestown Village parking lot in Old Towne Tustin located at 474 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA, 92780 from 8AM until 3PM.  The event is a favorite among Orange County collectors and was recently awarded 4.5 stars out of 5 by the readers of the online site

Monmouth Pottery, c.1925-30 Green 8" "dull finish" Lotus Vase, $135.00

Monmouth Pottery, c.1925-30 Green 8″ “dull finish” Lotus Vase, $135.00

Billy Blue Eye Pottery offers quality vintage and antique ceramic items from all of your favorite American, Canadian and English pottery companies. After a year-long absence from the Tustin event, we are thrilled to be returning to work this fun event. Look for our familiar green and white tent and be sure to stop by.  We promise to tempt you with our great inventory. See you there!

E. Radford Pottery of England, c.1930's 5.5" Handpainted Anemone & Leaves Wall Pocket Vase, $55.00

E. Radford Pottery of England, c.1930’s 5.5″ Hand-painted Anemone & Leaves Wall Pocket Vase, $55.00


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Tustin, California Flea Market: A Monthly Neighborhood Event

Monmouth Western Stoneware Company c.1920's 18" Blue "dull finish" Floor Vase with Moroccan Decoration, $395.00 SOLD

The Tustin, California monthly Flea Market, a.k.a. The Jamestown Vintage Flea Market is a favorite of Billy Blue Eye because it really is a neighborhood event. Each month we expect to see some familiar faces and spend some time sharing tales of what has occurred in each of our lives since last months’ event. It is also through these exchanges that one can deepen one’s appreciation for whatever collectible you might be addicted to.

For a young collector this is an important experience, almost a right of passage.  Collectors will tell you that most often their own collecting was a direct result of hearing about how it enhanced the life of another.  Their interest and curiosity was born and stimulated the beginning of their own collection.

I enjoy sharing tales of my early days of pottery collecting. It was in 1982 that I was bitten by the “pottery bug”. A lovely Roseville Snowberry Urn found its way into my hands at a Milwaukee, Wisconsin antique barn and after agonizing over spending the $35.00 that it cost, it found a permanent place in my home and in my heart.

c. 1948 Roseville "Snowberry" Urn, Personal Collection

So if you’d like to stop by and share your own tale of collecting we can be found tomorrow, Sunday, May 22nd at the Tustin Flea Market, 474 El Camino Real, Tustin from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM.  Space #45.  We hope to see you there neighbor.


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Can You Help to Identify This Vase and Ceramic Dog?

31 inch Monmouth Western Stoneware Company Floor Vase – SOLD

From time to time readers of this blog and pottery collectors that we have met at events have sent us photos of items to identify and or appraise. Most of the time we are able to thumb through our library of pottery reference guides and books and identify the item and offer a brief history of the maker and a “book price”.  Frequently we find an article or the mentioning of an item through a web search.  Sometimes we get lucky and can even offer recent auction prices  which helps in the overall appraisal.

Every once in awhile (or in today’s case “twice in awhile”) we are stumped by an item and either unable to identify its’ maker or locate some information on the history of the item in question. So dear readers, having been recently stumped twice we are turning to you to help shed some light on two interesting pieces of pottery.

The first item is an impressive thirty-one inch floor vase made by the Western Stoneware Company of Monmouth, Illinois. The ink stamp is clear on the bottom of the vase (see photo) and there is also a black “X” next to the stamp.

31 inch Monmouth Western Stoneware Company Floor Vase Bottom Markings

Two things come to mind when looking at these markings. The first is that the “X” might indicate that this vase is a “second” and did not meet the maker’s standards. The second thing to note is that Western Stoneware bought Monmouth Pottery in 1905 and became the Monmouth Western Stoneware Company in 1906. The word Monmouth is missing from the stamp and might indicate that it was made before the merger.

The vase appears to be a floor vase or perhaps an oil jar, although the decorations seem extreme for an oil jar. The lion rampant is representative of the English Order of the Garter.

As for further information on this vase I turn to you, our readers, and ask that you e-mail us either through the comments section below or to our direct e-mail address

6 inch Turquoise Dog

The next item that we are looking to identify is a handsome six inch turquoise seated dog figurine. The owner of this item states that there are no markings or imprints whatsoever on the bottom or anywhere else on the item.

6 Inch Turquoise Dog Rear View

The glaze color of this figurine is certainly very similar to the Ming Turquoise glaze employed by Van Briggle. However, the over-spray color is absent. This certainly could be a unique work by an independent ceramicist however the item seems to have come from a mold. Again, dear readers anything you can tell us about this attentive pup would be appreciated. Again use either the comments section below or e-mail us direct at

6 Inch Turquoise Dog Side View

We will publish all responses to this post and hope that together we can put together an accurate history and appraisal.

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Del Mar Antique Show & Sale – Tomorrow Friday through Sunday

The Del Mar Antique Show and Sale held at the beautiful Del Mar Fairgrounds begins tomorrow, Friday January 21st. Here at Billy Blue Eye we have spent the last few weeks searching the country for some interesting, unique and beautiful vintage and antique ceramic treasures to offer you our “treasured” Collectors. And I proudly say, we have selected a diverse collection that should have something for everyone including this mid-century vase pictured below.

Jaru Art Pottery – 14.5″ Black High Gloss Oval Vase with a Gilt Peep Hole, $135.00 SOLD

For information on the Del Mar event please read the post that follows this one. Detailed information including instructions on how to get a 50% off admission ticket is provided below. Our gallery of pottery will be  located in Booth 623. We look forward to seeing you there!

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In Addition to Long Beach Antique & Collectible Show, Billy Blue Eye Adds the Del Mar Antique Show & Sale to January Events.

With the promise of a sunny, warm California winter weekend in the forecast, it is with great pleasure that Billy Blue Eye will attend the Long Beach Antique & Collectible Market this Sunday, January 16th.

In addition we have added to our January show schedule the three day Del Mar Antique Show & Sale held next weekend Friday, January 21st through Sunday, January 23rd. The Del Mar event is held indoors at the Del Mar Racetrack & Fairgrounds where we will not be at the mercy of  Mother Nature as we were with the pre-holiday events in November and December.

Monmouth Western Stoneware  c.1930-35 6.5″ Bud Vase w/ original label, $49.00 (Left) SOLD and Monmouth c.1927-35 9.5″ Cobalt Blue Double Frond Vase, $79.00 (Right) SOLD

Billy Blue Eye since its inception has proudly offered works by Monmouth Western Stoneware Company of Monmouth, Illinois as we were drawn to the rich saturation of their glaze colors.  Monmouth was formed in 1894 creating utilitarian items such as butter churns, bowls, crocks and jugs. In the early 1900’s the company created an art pottery line and its work was often mistaken as product from the Red Wing Union Stoneware Company (Red Wing, Minnesota) that competed with Monmouth at that time.

In 1905, Monmouth was sold and in 1906 it was merged with six other stoneware companies to create The Monmouth Western Stoneware Company.  A more detailed history of Monmouth can be found at  The link for the Monmouth history is provided here.

In conjunction with its strong color story what originally attracted us to Monmouth was its very unusual brushed ware works created in the early 1900’s and used to perfection in it’s Dull Finish line that was documented in a 1927 catalog.  Jardinieres, vases and bulb forcing bowls from three series “Fern”, “Lotus” and “Egyptian” are favorites not only with us but with collectors worldwide. Examples from these series will be available at the Long Beach and Del Mar shows this month.

Monmouth Western Stoneware Company c.1925-30 Blue 10" Dull Finish Lotus Vases, $140.00 each (Background - Both vases SOLD) and Monmouth c.1926-30 Blue 7" x 2" Dull Finish "Fern" Japanese Bird & Mountain Bowl, $90.00 (Foreground)

The Long Beach, California  Antique & Collectible Market held this  Sunday, January 16th is open from 6:30 AM to 2:00 PM in the Veteran’s Stadium Parking lot.  Look for our green and white tent in our usual  booth, # A-853. For additional information on the Long Beach Flea Market contact us or visit their website A discount admission coupon is available at their website.

Monmouth Western Stoneware c.1930's 8" Double Handled Scalloped Rim Vase w/ original label, $62.00 SOLD

We are proud to be joining in its’ 51st year, The Del Mar Antique Show & Sale held at the O’Brien Pavilion at the beautiful Del Mar Fairgrounds on  January 21 – 23, 2011. The show hours are Friday & Saturday from 11AM until 7PM and   Sunday beginning at 11AM until 5PM. A single admission purchase ($8 for adults) is good for the entire run of the show! Get a discount pass here.

Billy Blue Eye will be located in Booth 623 and in addition to Monmouth we will have treasures from all of your favorite pottery companies including Red Wing, Roseville, Van Briggle, McCoy, Weller, Catalina, Gladding McBean, Haeger, Stangl, Sascha Brastoff, Rookwood,  Beswick of England, and a selection of Australian, Canadian and German pottery companies. We have many new acquisitions to tempt the most discerning collectors.

For more information on the Del Mar Antique Show & Sale contact us directly or visit their website by clicking here. We look forward to seeing you soon at these events.


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