Q: I would appreciate information on the porcelain covered jar in this photo. It has been in my family for many years and is in perfect condition. On the bottom, it is marked "OHME -- Silesia -- Old Ivory."
A: Your jar was made by the Hermann Ohme Porcelain Manufactory in Niedersalzbrunn, Silesia, Germany, now Walbrzych, Poland. The mark you described was used circa 1930. "Old Ivory" is the name of the pattern. Your covered jar would probably be worth about $125 to $135.
Q: I have a stoneware crock, 11 inches high and decorated with a paddle-tail bird and flowers in blue. The words "White and Wood -- Binghamton, New York" are marked on it. What is its value?
A: In stoneware design, form followed function. The specific use of a container decided its shape. Crocks were sturdy, with wide openings and handles. They generally were gray and decorated with cobalt-blue designs. Jugs were used to store liquids and had slender necks to make pouring easy. With the advent of modern refrigeration and glass fruit jars in the early 1900s, stoneware became obsolete.
Your crock was made in the mid- to late 1800s. Its value would probably be about $800 to $900 in good condition.
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