Monmouth Pottery/Western Stoneware Co.

The Monmouth Pottery company was founded in 1892 in Monmouth,Illinois. Until 1906 when it was purchased by Western Stoneware Co. (they also acquired 6 other small pottery companies at around this time), Monmouth was noted for its utilitarian ware. Monmouth became the ‘Artware Division’ of Western Stoneware Co. This division was discontinued during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Its mark, the maple leaf was used until 1930. If the words ‘Monmouth Co.’ appear as part of the mark, the piece was made before 1906. After that year, the embossed mark became ‘Monmouth Western Stoneware’, however a paper label may, on occasion, appear bearing the words ‘Monmouth Pottery, Monmouth, Ill.’ Many pieces produced in the late 1930s are unmarked, but are identifiable due to the glazes and the clay used in production.


5 responses to “Monmouth Pottery/Western Stoneware Co.

  1. Jack Anderson

    I have a large vessel that has the marking Western Stoneware Co. Monmouth Ill.s. Trying to determine it value. Any suggestions?

    • Hi Jack,

      I would be happy to assist you by determining a value for the Monmouth item. If you could send me a photo of the item with a second picture of the bottom to I will consult my resource books. I will try to get you a fair retail price and If I am unable to help you I can offer some additional ideas on ways to appraise your ceramic collectibles. If you live in either Los Angeles or one of the Orange County cities, I know of an antique store that offers monthly appraisals by professionals for a small fee.


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  3. tracy linse

    I have a mixing bowl, golden brown clay with dark maroon glaze, ribbed pattern. The mark on the bottom is a 1″x1″ raised maple leaf with the w in the middle. Can you date this mark, please.

  4. Mary Sullivan

    I have a dull green classic-style urn, 6.5″ tall x 6″ wide at the handles. It has two paper labels, one on the bottom and one on the side; both say Monmouth Pottery. The label on the side also says, “Will Not Leak” and the one on the bottom also says “Monmouth, Ill.” Any idea of the date of mfgr and value?

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