Information on Zanesville Stoneware Co. More Than McCoy offers a wide range of vintage American Pottery, including Zanesville Stoneware Co. stoneware/pottery. This is a brief summary of the Zanesville Stoneware Co., a great American company
News-Antique.com - May 24,2009 - More Than McCoy, on-line store on the TIAS and Go Antiques webmall offers a wide range of vintage American Pottery, including Zanesville Stoneware Co. stoneware/pottery. This is a brief summary of the Zanesville Stoneware Co., a great American company apparently no longer in business.
Zanesville Stoneware Co., [aka ZSC], was one of the oldest pottery companies in North America. It was located in Zanesville, Ohio, along with approximately 31 other pottery companies in that same geographic area. In 1874 the Ohio Encaustic Tile Co. was formed, however, this company was later purchased by E.G. Bowen & Co., which then reorganized to become the Zanesville Stoneware Co. ZSC was destroyed by a fire in 1990 and relocated to a neighboring area, however, it is apparently no longer in business.
ZSC is a great pottery to collect because much of it is still affordable. The reason it is affordable is because a lot of it was not marked, so only experienced collectors know what to look for. However, once you know what to look for you will be hooked on this pottery. Why? Because it is very versatile and can fit into just about any type of décor including modern or primitive. It is heavy, durable, functional, and beautiful pottery that can be used indoors or out. The shapes are simplistic, but charming and range in size from huge to about 4 inches. ZSC stoneware came in matte green, lavendar, blue, yellow, oyster, burgandy, aqua, and some blended and art glazes.
Early stoneware pieces included jugs, crocks, chamber pots; poultry feeders; wash pitchers & bowls; spittoons, butter churns, roasters, bread bowls, fruit jars, dog bowls, atomizers, umbrella stands, etc. Massive hand turned stoneware oil and sand jars were made for the garden and for hotel lobbies, theatres, and office buildings. ZSC even produced a dinnerware line called Country Fare from the 1940’s to the 1960’s; a line that is very popular even today! ZSC also produced vases, flower frogs, bird baths, strawberry pots, novelties, and jardinaires.
The clay on ZSC pottery comes off as a yellow buff color. You will likely see some of the yellow peeking through the glaze, or it will be apparent on the bottom. Some bottoms were glazed, some not, but you will see the yellowish clay 99% of the time. Most ZSC has pinpops, glaze misses, and runny glaze. Art pottery lines include: Matte Green, Neptune, (deep green w/copper); Vulcan; Ebonello; Zasko; Verdantone; Montrose, (see reference book listed at bottom for more info).
Backstamps used on ZSC include incised stamp marks, raised marks, hand incised marks, circular stamp marks, block letter and number marks, and paper labels. For instance, a piece might be marked: Zasko, Country Fare, Pickrull, Wally Frank, ZSC, or with various florist stamps since ZSC was also made for florist shops, or no markings at all which is even more typical.
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