When my sister and I cleaned out our parents’ home, we had to make many decisions about what to do with all the stuff. Which things are truly “valuable” and which have only sentiment in their favor? Should we sell it, keep it, or throw it away? To help ensure a future for our family’s heirlooms, I plan to leave a booklet for my daughters telling the stories of what they will inherit one day. (Not TOO soon, I hope!) With this challenge I begin my book of Heirlooms.
is for Biscuit Jar.
The purple flowers adorning this jar tells me it had to belong to my grandaunt Velma Davis Woodring. Nobody loved purple more than she did.
Biscuit jars - also called Biscuit Barrels - did not hold the kind of biscuit you might be thinking of. They were actually the forerunner of today’s ceramic cookie jar. They are not very big, so I must wonder what size cookies people made in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and how many such a jar would hold.
|Such pretty detail with the raised beads|
Not enough, if you ask me! The jar looks more like a big sugar bowl, more suitable for candy or trinkets.
|Three Crown China Germany|
Markings are green or red
When I saw the pottery mark, I thought for sure this piece was quite old and more valuable than it really is. Three Crown China was a mark introduced by Unger & Schilde of Roschuetz, Thuringia, Germany for items specifically imported and distributed by Jon H. Roth of South Bend, Indiana from 1909-1916.
South Bend - rather takes the bloom off the rose, don’t you think?
Biscuit jars of any shape and mark are selling on eBay for $25-$40, that and higher on Etsy.
Nobody will be getting rich off this little heirloom!
|A proud spot in the corner cabinet of my living room|
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