November 2, 2016:
Today would have been my mom’s 100th birthday and my Grandma Rosie would be 123, she was born in 1893. I just wanted to give you a point of reference on how I began my antique journey. One crisp autumn Saturday I accompanied my mom and Grandma Rosie to a large white barn standing on a farm near what is now Rt. 4 and 275 in Springdale, Ohio. As we approached, there were sounds coming from a crowd of people and the auctioneer calling out the bids with people maneuvering for a close spot to see the items next up for sale.
Mom and Rosie walked towards a table of beautiful treasures up for sale next; milk glass, china, linens and home goods. I spied a box near the door of the big bank barn. I saw sign above the box” Free to a Good Home” (though I couldn’t read yet). I heard the soft meows and inside the big deep box were a tabby striped mother cat and her litter of kittens. I was totally captivated. Morning turned into afternoon. I sat on the hillside by the bank barn and mom and grandma would bring their treasures to me to watch. I played with the kitties and by the end of the day we left with a box full of antiques and my new kitten named Tuffy. I was hooked! Farm auctions with my dad, antique shows with my mom and now with my husband; I still love the treasure hunt and the history of the heirlooms our ancestors have left for us. So come with me, in my search for the history of that special find, let’s step back in time.
This company started in 1890 located in Roseville, Ohio. The main lines of the pottery were for utility containers used by florist and gardeners of the Victorian Era. The era was a time of ornamentation and beautiful art work reflected in all types of accessories for the home. Roseville moved to Zanesville, Ohio in 1898 and Ross Purdy developed the first line of art pottery. Rozane, a new line of pottery started in 1900 was designed to compete with Rookwood, Weller and Owens during the Arts & Crafts Era. Roseville’s artists designed containers such as vases, wall pockets, jardinières, and bowls of all sizes, candlesticks, and even flower frogs. Many of the lines pulled designs from nature, Dell Robbia, Blackberry, Sunflower, and Pine Cone followed. There are so many beautiful patterns and matt glazes and soft natural colors. Roseville continued to craft and produce pottery releasing its final design in 1953. The popularity of Roseville remains today, but because of the desire for the pottery many replicas have been produced. Be careful when purchasing pieces. Check the bottom of the piece and study the Roseville pottery mark. Look at the sweeping R tail under the other letters, the number on the piece, the right slant of the word ROSEVILLE, and the mark of U.S.A. It always helps to have a reference material to compare to. Ebay’s completed auction prices, the piece’s style and time of production can all have a bearing on the value. Roseville pottery with its soft glazes and garden style designs can be a wonderful addition to accent homes today.