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Start 2012 With A Day at the Long Beach Antique Market

Billy Blue Eye  invites you to our first sale of 2012 by joining us at the Long Beach Antique Market this Sunday, January 15th (Rain or shine!). The Long Beach show held at Veteran’s Stadium just off Lakewood Boulevard at Conant Street is open from 6:00 AM until 2:00 PM. (Visit the Long Beach Antique Market website for a discount entrance fee coupon.)

Zanesville Pottery, c.1930’s 8″ Mission Style Tobacco Leaf Stoneware Vase in Matte Rose #102, $150.00 SOLD

Billy Blue Eye is located in space #A 853 and we will have on display for sale over 200 ceramic and stoneware items from all of your favorite pottery companies including Rookwood, Roseville, Van Briggle, Haeger, Catalina, Red Wing, Sascha Brastoff, McCoy, Hull and Beswick to name a few. Look for our green and white tent; we look forward to seeing you there!

West Coast Pottery, Los Angeles, CA, c.1940’s 9.5″ x 6.5″ Floral & Leaf Basket Vase – Mold # 209, $49.00


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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 BillyBlueEye@cox.net.

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 BillyBlueEye@cox.net.

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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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 Oldstoneware.com.  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 http://www.longbeachantiquemarket.com. 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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