Vintage Flower Pots
Vintage planters & pots
Looking for a unique flower pot for your home or office? Skip the garden center, and check out the nearest flea market and antique store. Or, go online.
Flower pots from the '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s and '60s can be found on eBay and other shopping sites that feature vintage goods.
Often, vintage flower pots cost the same or less than contemporary flower pots.
I found my first vintage McCoy flower pot about 20 years ago at a garden club fundraiser. Although it was worth much more than $2 even then, that's all it cost—and an amaryllis bulb was included in the price.
Since then, I've purchased two other flower pots and a planter, each for less than $10. And I've inherited a few vintage vases and planters as well.
Unlike planters and flower pots, vintage vases can be quite pricey, but they're just as versatile.
Vintage flower pots come in so many interesting patterns and finishes that you'll be tempted to use them for all sorts of things besides plants and flowers, from food service to storage. Try them as
Do you own a vintage flowerpot?
- cachepots for temporary houseplants, sedums & African violets,
- holders for makeup brushes,
- pencil caddies &
- silverware caddies.
Sometimes, vintage flower pots are so attractive that they don't need a use—other than being ornamental.
Vintage pots from Ohio potteries
McCoy, Roseville & Hull
From the mid 19th century into the 1960s, hundreds of potteries operated in and around four eastern Ohio towns rich in clay, East Liverpool, Roseville, Zanesville and Crooksville (Myroth).
Hull Pottery Company, Nelson McCoy Pottery and Roseville Pottery Company are among the most famous and prolific of those companies. Others from the "Pottery Belt" or "Clay Corridor," as the area came to be called, include the Mosaic Tile Company, J.B. Owens Pottery, Shawnee Pottery, Watt Pottery, Weller Pottery and Zanesville Art Pottery (Myroth).
Flower Pots, Planters & Vases
Roseville pottery was produced in eastern Ohio from the late 19th century until the potteries closed in 1954. For the first eight years, production occurred in the city of Roseville only, and then later in both Roseville and Zanesville.
Originally, the company's name was the Roseville Pottery Company, which changed to Roseville Pottery, Inc. during the '30s. Flower pots were among the earliest items produced (Crews). High-quality art pottery, including vases and jardinieres, were also produced.
Popular Roseville flower designs feature magnolias, freesia, clematis and water lily.
Flower Pots, Cachepots & Planters
Nelson McCoy Pottery, established in 1899, became The Nelson McCoy Sanitary Stoneware Company in 1910, and later, in 1933, the Nelson McCoy Pottery Company. It continued to produce pottery under that name until the company folded in 1990 ("About McCoy Pottery").
Old McCoy pottery from the '20s and '30s often features berries and leaves. The glazes are ordinarily green or a blend of green and brown.
Pottery produced by Mcoy before 1929 has no markings (Imsand). Once the company did begin adding marks, 17 different McCoy marks were used over the years.
Appraisal of Inexpensive McCoy Vase
Links for Collectors
- Hull Pottery Association
Site of organization devoted to supporting and promoting the collection of Hull Pottery
- McCoy Pottery Collectors Society
Includes McCoy history & lots of picture galleries of McCoy pottery.
- Roseville Pottery - Roseville & Zanesville Ohio - Wisconsin Pottery Association - Copyright 1999
Useful info on Roseville Pottery markings & Roseville experimental pottery.
Flower pots, vases & planters
Hull flower pots and other ceramic garden ware from the 1930s and '40s are usually in pastel shades with a matte finish. Often, they have floral motifs and two-tone backgrounds, such as pink/blue, yellow/rose and pink/turquoise. Popular floral lines from Hull include Magnolia, Calla Lily, Orchid, Open Rose/Camellia and Wildflower.
Because Hull supplied garden ware to florists during the 40s, 50s and 60s, figural vases and planters featuring swans, kittens, lambs and baby carriages are fairly easy to find ("Hull Art Pottery").
A Short History of Hull
After over 80 years, Hull Pottery closed in 1986. Begun in 1905, Hull first produced casual dinnerware & decorative tile. In the 1920s, the company expanded, producing art pottery as well. From '30s into the '50s, Hull Pottery developed several popular product lines, including Red Riding Hood. Lamps, piggy banks & liquor dispensers were also added to its catalog at that time ("Hull Pottery History").
Although Hull produced some glossy garden ware in its early days of manufacturing, high gloss finishes are more indicative of Hull pottery produced after 1950, when a fire and subsequent new equipment made producing the popular matte finish impossible ("Hull Art Pottery"). At that point, Hull reproduced some of its most popular pieces with a high gloss finish, including those from its Woodland series, pictured above right.
Vintage Flower Pots & Planters
Inexpensive, no-name vintage flower pots, vases and planters are readily available online and at yard sales, flea markets and antique stores. Originally manufactured for florists, they often feature motifs like poodles, lambs and love birds that are suitable for special occasions, such as births, birthdays and anniversaries.
Although no-name vintage flower pots and planters do not have discernable manufacturers, they often have that certain something, that " kitsch factor," that endows them with oodles of sweetness and charm.
"About McCoy Pottery." Just Art Pottery. 2012. Web. 14 October 2012.
Crews, Barbara. "Roseville Pottery." Collectibles. About.com. 2012. Web. 14 Oct. 2012.
"Hull Pottery History." HullPottery.net. 3 August 2008. Web. 13 Oct. 2012.
Imsand , Dewayne . "History of the Nelson McCoy Pottery." McCoy Pottery Collectors' Society. Web. 14 October 2012.
Myroth, Greg. "Ohio Art Pottery." Art Pottery Blog. 9 June 2008. Web. 14 Oct. 2012.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Jill Spencer