Dear Old Man:
The Best Times is one good newspaper. My wife and I sure enjoy it. Your articles are so informative, we would like you to help us if you can. We have had these wall vases for years and we don’t know much about them. They have been on our kitchen wall for as long as I can remember and they are in good to excellent condition. Can you tell us who made them and anything about them? MM
Thank you for your kind words. I am a collector of wall vases (pockets) and enjoyed your gracious letter and pictures. It is my pleasure to identify your wall vases.
Peters and Reed (1.) was established by John D. Peters and Adam Reed in 1899. Peters and Reed’s fi rst recognized art pottery line, Moss Aztec, was introduced in 1912.
Moss Aztec was developed by Frank Ferrell.
Other recognized Peter and Reed art pottery lines include Chromal, Landsun, Montene, and Pereco.
In 1921, Peters and Reed changed its name to The Zane Pottery Company. Many of the art pottery lines produced by Peters and Reed Pottery were continued by Zane Pottery. Zane Pottery continued in existence until 1941 at which time the company was sold to Gonder Pottery.
Peters and Reed pottery is unmarked. Identification is by recognition of the patterns, texture, style and glaze. To my knowledge, Peters and Reed has not been reproduced. This wall pocket, or wall vase pattern, is Pereco and valued if in good condition about $125 to $150 Fair Market Value.
Weller Pottery (2.) was established in Zanesville, Ohio, in 1882 by Sam Weller. Through a friendship and business association with William Long the firm entered the art pottery field in 1895. This wall pocket is called Owl in a Tree, and the style is called Woodcraft. It was made from 1920 to 1933. Most Weller is signed “Weller” on the back, sometimes in script, other times in block form. Fair Market Value is $200 to $235.
Ed Tuten is the executive secretary of the New England Appraisers Association. His phone number is 901-758-2659 and his address is 6973 Crestridge Road, Memphis, TN, 38119. You may write him or phone him with your questions. Please include photos of your requests for values with a notation about condition.