My First Vintage Stoneware Crocks

Hi Friends and Happy Monday (aka Freedom Day in Sydney, Australia)!

We have been in lockdown for approximately 3 months since the Delta variant of Covid hit our little island. Today, after reaching over 70% double vaxed, shops reopened, and vaccinated people enjoyed their freedom again. 

I tried to get to Kmart but gave up due to the crowds. It was like Boxing Day sales with some shops opening at midnight! Trying to stay safe and enjoy a bit of retail therapy is clearly going to have it challenges. 

Not all was lost though, I did manage a bit of thrifting therapy. 😉

But that is not what I'm sharing today. Today I'm sharing some items I got a few weeks ago on Marketplace.

It's a collection of 3 vintage stoneware pieces.  They are officially my first crocks/pottery items. And I think I love them already. 😍

Like all vintage items, I like to see if I can find out a bit about their history. But I think you need to have a bit of experience with vintage pottery to be able to spot the "good/rare" ones. But for my first pick, I'm very happy.

This first one had a cork lid that was so old it was falling apart. So, I decided to ditch the lid. It measures 4.75 inches tall x 6 inches wide, and has ETA Premium Nuts printed on one side.

And the other side has the makers mark of Bendigo Pottery Australia 1858. So off I went to do a bit of research on Bendigo Pottery and this is what I found ...

Bendigo Pottery is located in Victoria, Australia. It was established in 1858 when Scottish migrant George Duncan Guthrie stumbled upon a local clay deposit and created a successful pottery business.  Above is one of the earliest photos of the business. 

Langley ware took the country by storm, becoming the most popular range produced by the pottery and winning bronze at the 1925 British Empire Exhibition in Wembley. The distinctive brown hues were widely seen in homes and cafes throughout Australia.

Unfortunately Bendigo Pottery was in decline by 1949, with the business struggling to survive. 

Bill Derham took over in 1968, kickstarting an extraordinary resurgence that included a successful marketing campaign which led to a renewed interest in pottery. 

The 1970s revival continues under the stewardship of Rod and Sally Thompson. Transformed into a successful tourist attraction, Bendigo Pottery maintains its function as Australia’s oldest working pottery, while attracting visitors from around the globe.

Fascinating, hey? For more information you can visit their website at https://www.bendigopottery.com.au.

I will definitely be looking out for more of their pieces.

Next up is this cute lidded dish. I think it may be classified as a casserole dish. It measures 3.75 inches high x 7 inches wide.

It has the cutest little number 2 imprinted on the side.  And I think that may be a maker's mark below, but I really can't read it. There are no marks on the bottom. If you have any ideas or know who, when or where this piece of pottery came from, I'd love to hear from you!

In any event, it is a super shiny lighter brown and cream colour with cute design details. 

The next jar is another mystery. I think it may have originally had a lid, and has a number 4 engraved on the front bottom. It's 7.25 inches tall and 5.25 inches wide.

Underneath is a stamp "Made in England". Using Goggle Image search I did find some pieces of Moira Pottery England and Pearsons of Chesterfield Stoneware with the same imprint. But I don't for certain. Again, if you can shed any light on this piece, please do!

I'm thinking these will all look great with mini trees and decorations for Christmas. And, after all my online pottery researching, I think I will be a tiny bit more knowledgable when I see pottery pieces while thrifting. 😁

Have a great week everyone!

Take care and stay safe!

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