Treasures: Weller vase is commercial art ware

April 5, 2015 12:01 AM

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Treasures: Weller vase is commercial art ware

Q: This 12-inch-tall vase was my grandmother’s. It was in her hope chest and I thought it was so beautiful I have had it displayed for years, but she passed away without telling me any details about this piece and its history. Can you tell me anything about who manufactured it, when and where it was made and if it is collectible?

A: We recognized this vase immediately. The man who owned the pottery company that made this piece was something of an egomaniac, and his name was almost always part of the mark, when a piece was marked. The owner’s name was Samuel A. Weller, and he started life as a poor lad born in Muskingum Count...

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