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From Jan:

Hello, I loved your “history lesson” on Buckeye Pottery. I have an old set that belonged to my grandparents (1878-1968). It contains 6 Buckeye stoneware brown mugs with a matching pitcher. All are in great condition; no cracks or chips, only crazing. Can you tell me what it is worth?
Thank you.,

Hi Jan.
Glad you enjoyed my “history lesson” on Buckeye Pottery. As to your pitcher and mugs, you may well have something quite unique. Or at least I was unable to find anything like them online from doing an extensive search. How are yours marked on the bottom?

The closest I came was a yelloware pitcher and 6 mugs that sold for $170.75 on eBay. Obviously these aren’t the “real” Buckeye Pottery, but at least it ought to give you a starting point. I also found a 6-gal crock selling for $80.00 that appears to be a “real” Buckeye pottery piece.

My only suggestion would be to try your local library. If you tell them exactly what you’re trying to research, they may have some reference material and/or be able to steer you to someone who does. And of course there’s always the old “let's run around to all the antique shops and flea markets and see if we can find it” solution!

Sorry I couldn’t be of more practical help. If we ever find a set like yours, we’ll be sure to email you. And just for my own education, if you discover the answer to your question, would you please email me?
Miss Kitty

Hi Kitty,
Thanks for the information. My mugs have '”BUCKEYE” carved into the bottoms. I think they are older than the yelloware.(?) If I ever find out any info on them I will let you know. You’re wonderful.


From Ann:

Thank you so much for being interested in the history of the Buckeye Pottery Company. I’ve just spent a very long time going from site to site trying to find out something about this company. There’s nothing except your excellent commentary accompanying your white Buckeye Pottery pitcher!

I was looking for information because I have a 5-gallon jug with the distinctive blue ribbon stamp “Blue Ribbon Brand, Buckeye Pottery Co., Macomb, Ill.” It’s been passed down in the family since the late 1890's.

I was trying to get some idea of its age and history because I want to put it on Craig’s List. It is a huge jug and weighs “a ton” so doing anything on Ebay and mailing it is out of the question. (Besides, Ebay’s intricacies are beyond me.) I’m turning 70 and downsizing so can’t keep it.

Well, as my girls would say, there I go rambling again. Anyway, I really just want to thank you for sharing your knowledge of the Buckeye Pottery Company. It’s refreshing to happen upon someone who gets excited about history!
Ann (GranAnn)

Dear Ann,
Thank you for your email for all the reason Miss Kitty states below. I know that eBay can be a pain and they charge an arm and a leg to sell, plus your stuff may go for nothing at times. There is just no telling what something will bring. We sometimes buy there but rarely have any luck selling. However, be very careful on Craig’s List. For all the problems associated with eBay, at least they have a structure and built-in safeguards to protect you from getting ripped of by the scam artists that prey on people on Craig’s List.

What part of the country are you located in and do you have a list of all of the items you need to dispose of? Let me know and maybe we can help you in some way or another. BTW, that Buckeye Pitcher was pretty special to me from when I was a kid.

Meanwhile, here is the e-mail Miss Kitty asked me to send for her:

Dear Ann,
Thank you for your lovely email. I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to answer you, but we got new cell phones yesterday, and if you think eBay’s intricacies are awful, have you ever tried to program a cell phone? I mean, all I want to do is make and receive calls on it. I don’t want to take and email pictures, download music, or do any of the 3097 other things the “instructions” insist on telling us about. Of course, we have yet to find the “instructions” on how to keep the darn things turned on instead of them automatically turning themselves off so anyone who calls gets nothing but voice mail! Aaaaagh!!! I’m close to a migraine and Ol’ Swaphos has invented some new very colorful language!

At any rate, I really appreciated your email. I’ve been a history buff all my life and absolutely love researching all our “stuff” instead of just saying, “Here it is, buy it!” I want these things to come alive for other folks the way they have for us. But I worry about boring people to death, so I’m tickled to know that there’s at least one person out there -- you -- who not only found my information helpful and worth reading, but actually took the time to tell me so! How very kind of you.

Good luck with your 5-gallon Buckeye Pottery jug. Frankly, I’m sorry that no one in your family wants it themselves. Letting something go that’s been passed down in the family for over 100 years is very sad, but that’s precisely our problem, too. None of our kids is interested in any of our stuff, and we fear they’re eventually going to wish they had been!
Best wishes,
Miss Kitty (Grandma Kitty Kat)


From Cynthia:

I recently acquired an original vintage Buckeye Pottery piece. I am not sure what it was used for, but it says on it in blue lettering Buckeye Pottery Company, Macomb, Ill on the outside circle with inner circle that reads Blue Ribbon Brand and then a ribbon like tail hanging from the circle made to represent a Blue Ribbon.  Then it has a BIG number 10 on the top of this circle. I would say that it holds about 10 gal,, off white, greyish color with blue lettering. Would you happen to know what this was used for back in those days, 1882-1939.  It is in excellent condition! I will be waiting for your reply!

Hi Cynthia:
Sorry it’s taken me so long to answer your email. It’s been extremely hectic here at the Trading Post the past several weeks. Does your No. 10 crock look like either of these? Evidently some Blue Ribbon crocks had knobs for the originally attached wire and wood handles and some didn’t. Either way, you’ve got yourself a real treasure!

As you know, Buckeye Pottery was established in 1882 in Macomb, IL by Joseph Pech & Sons. They manufactured their Blue Ribbon line of products throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s. The crocks came in many sizes, including No. 10 (15" diameter x 17-3/4" tall), No. 8 (15" diameter x 15" tall), No. 6 (12-5/8" diameter x 15" tall), and No. 3 (10-1/2" diameter x 10-3/4" tall). The No. 10’s and the No. 8’s generally sell in the $250-$300 range today, and the No. 6’s and 3’s in the $85-$150 range.

The bigger crocks are called butter churn crocks, while the smaller ones are called pickle crocks. I haven’t yet discovered whether they were actually used for these purposes, but if they were, they surely must have had lids. I’ve never seen one for sale with a lid, let alone a churning mechanism, but that might be explained by the fact that lids and churn paddles were probably made of wood that would have deteriorated, or become lost, during the past century.

Buckeye Pottery also produced Blue Ribbon jugs of various sizes that have salt glaze bottoms and brown tops, as well as short straight-sided “bowls” that I’ve seen listed as chicken water crocks, supposedly used for putting water out for the chickens!

Hope this info is helpful. Whatever your particular crock was used for, it’s a great piece of Americana that you can enjoy for years to come! Thanks for your email.

Best regards,
Miss. Kitty


From Debbie:

I have what appears to be a yellowware Buckeye mug and it has a very thick glaze. It almost reminds me of polyurethane. Do you know if the Buckeye was made with thick glaze? Thanks for any help you can give.


Hi Debbie,
Thanks for your email. That’s a really interesting question and I don’t have the answer. I’ve seen several online articles and discussions about Buckeye yellowware. Some people say the glaze on their piece is “very shiny,” but I’ve never seen a discussion of the thickness of the glaze. Is your mug marked “Buckeye” on the bottom?

Evidently there are a number of different Buckeye yellowware pieces made by a variety of companies. Some are marked “Buckeye,” others are unmarked. As you probably know, the Buckeye Pottery Company of Macomb, IL operated between 1882-1939 and didn’t make yellowware at all.

I’ve seen solid yellow pieces attributed to Buckeye Stoneware of Crooksville, Ohio (1893-1910). Kovels says a Buckeye yellowware mug is worth about $22.50, but they don’t show a picture of it. I’ve seen the blue-banded yellow Buckeye mugs and pitchers attributed to Morton Pottery Company of Morton, IL. Apparently these were produced during the 1920's and often used as giveaways for syrup, etc. They are marked “100% Buckeye Pure” on the bottom and I’m wondering if that refers to the syrup, not the pottery! Kovels says an 8" blue-banded yellow pitchers is worth around $135.00. I’m attaching a picture of one of the mugs and its mark. The glaze certainly is shiny, but of course there’s no way to determine its thickness.

Ohio is the Buckeye State, and there seem to have been a succession of Ohio pottery works producing “Buckeye” pottery, so it’s really hard to know which one produced which pieces. There’s a Buckeye Stoneware Company in Zanesville, Ohio that is still in business today.

Glaze is a funny thing and different companies use different glazing techniques. Your thick glaze mug could be representative of a particular company or it could be an “oops” that received too much glaze.

Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. I’ve added your email to our email pages and hopefully one of our site visitors will be able to email me with additional information.

Best wishes,
Miss Kitty


From Joy:


I stumbled across your website in search of answers to Buckeye Pottery Company. Can you help me identify what I have here? It’s in perfect condition as it was basically preserved in cement in our basement floor. I just can’t find any information on this. Thank you in advance for any help or direction you can provide to me!!!


Hi Joy,

First of all, please accept my apologies for being so egregiously late in answering the email you sent us awhile back. Somehow it went to Ol’ Swaphos’ junk mail and he just found it today.

You have a 25-gallon crock manufactured by The Buckeye Pottery Company of Macomb, IL. As you know from reading our site, Joseph Pech, a native of Bohemia born in 1827, emigrated to America in 1852, living first in Wisconsin, then in Ohio, and ultimately in Macomb, IL, where he founded Joseph Pech & Sons in 1882, which later became known as The Buckeye Pottery Company. It remained in business until 1939 when it was purchased by the Haeger Company for the manufacture of floral artware.

What I find really interesting is the variety of marks Buckeye Pottery used during its 57-year history. In addition to the mark on your crock, I’ve also found this completely different one.

And at some point, Buckeye Pottery produced its Blue Ribbon Brand of pottery for which I’ve also discovered two distinctly different marks.

To date I haven’t been able to determine which mark was used when, but one might reasonably assume that the Buckeye Pottery marks precede the Blue Ribbon Brand marks since you’ve got to have a company before that company can produce a specific brand of products. On the other hand, it’s entirely possible that Buckeye continued to produce pottery under its original name even after establishing the Blue Ribbon line.

In any event, you certainly have a waaaay vintage crock that might well be a true antique (100+ years old). What fun!

Thanks so much for your email and your photo. We’ve added them to our emails page so other site visitors can benefit from this latest bit of fascinating Buckeye Pottery history.

Best wishes,
Miss Kitty


From an unnamed site visitor:

Can you tell me anything about this Buckeye crock with buck head marking? Can’t find anything on them.

Dear Site Visitor:

Well, that’s a new one on me! I’ve never before seen a Buckeye Pottery piece with a logo containing a deer/stag/buck head. I couldn’t quite make out the details of your logo from your photo, but I found this sharper photo on the Web.

As you probably know, Buckeye Pottery was established in 1882 in Macomb, IL by Joseph Pech & Sons, and it remained in business until 1939 when it was purchased by the Haeger Company. So your crock is somewhere between 74-131 years old, making it waaaay vintage at the younger end and a true antique at the older end. It’s impossible to tell the age of these old pottery pieces simply by looking at them. Even though they were utilitarian pieces made for everyday use, they were so sturdy and well made that most of them are still in virtually pristine condition today. What a testament to American craftsmanship!

We’ve had an ongoing Buckeye Pottery discussion for several years on our site, and as yet none of us has been able to determine how many different logos the company used, let alone which year(s) they used any given logo. This has turned into a true mystery. I’ve searched every which way on the Web, and there’s absolutely no information “out there.” But as with our Blue Heart mystery that we finally solved, someone somewhere knows about Buckeye Pottery logos and all we’ve got to do is find that person. Obviously easier said than done!

BTW, this 6-gallon Buckeye Pottery butter churn with the deer/stag/buck head logo just sold on eBay for $200. Obviously there’s a good collector’s market for these old crockery pieces, even if none of us yet knows precisely how old they are.

I’m sorry I couldn’t be of more help. Thank you for your email and photo. We’ve added it to our Buckeye Pottery emails page. If any of our site visitors can solve the mystery, we’ll be sure to let you know.

Best wishes,
Miss Kitty

OK, site visitors, if any of you has ANY information about ANY of the various Buckeye Pottery logos, particularly the year(s) when they were used, please email me. I would be most grateful!

Thanks a bunch, 
Miss Kitty

From Denise:

I am wondering if you can tell me anything about my crock - Age? Value?

Thank you.

Hi Denise:

What you have is a wonderful old 10-gallon Buckeye Pottery crock. As you know from reading our site, Buckeye Pottery was established in 1882 in Macomb, IL by Joseph Pech & Sons. Joseph was born in Bohemia (today’s Czech Republic) in 1827 and emigrated to America in 1852, ultimately settling in Macomb. Buckeye Pottery was in business from 1882 until 1939 when the buildings were purchased by the Haeger Company.

The logo on your crock is yet another example of the various logos Buckeye used over the decades. I’ve never seen it before and am glad to be able to add your email and photos to our Buckeye Pottery email page. My opinion is that it’s one of the earlier logos and that your crock is a true antique; e.g., 100+ years old.

As for the value of your crock, I just checked eBay and found no 10-gallon Buckeye crocks for sale. The 8-gallon Buckeye crocks are listed for between $145 and $500. None of them carry your logo, adding to my feeling that you have a rare crock. None of my go-to online antique malls have any Buckeye Pottery pieces at all!

Hope this helps. Thanks again for your email and photos.

Best wishes,
Miss Kitty

Well dang, girl. You just made my day. I would like to try selling it. I guess I could try eBay. Thank you for your time and expertise.

Live in Joy,


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