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I'm trying to gain some information on the value of an 18"

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Hi, I'm trying to gain some information on the value of an 18" crock with a lid that I just inherited and the only markings on it are 4 and L MINIER
JA: I always love having an appraiser look at my stuff. Sometimes its turned out to be surprisingly valuable. Tell us what else you do know and the Antiques Appraiser will be able to better assist you.
Customer: It is gray with blue design, from the research I've been doing, I think it's salt glaze? And there is a redish clay like that seems to be showing through the underside of the lid and even hints of it on the outside. I can show pictures if you want.
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Antiques Appraiser should know?
Customer: There are no cracks or chips on the main body of the crock. The lid has some defects though.
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Nora replied 7 months ago.


Please send images at your convenience.


Expert:  Nora replied 7 months ago.


Thank you for the images and for your patience.

Your antique mid 19th century 4 gallon stoneware crock with lid was made by L.W. Minier of Ohio. You can learn more about Minier stoneware in a reference book by Treichler "A History of Northeast Ohio Stoneware". I do not have the book, though you should be able to access a copy through inter-library loan at your local public library. On today's market, this would carry an auction estimate of $200 - $400; because yours has the original lid, it could reach the high end of the estimate.

For your records, here are links to other crocks by Minier and the auction sale price:






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Expert:  Nora replied 7 months ago.


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