Haeger Pottery made ashtrays for commercial settings (hotels, restaurants), as did Shenango and Hall.More fanciful were the ceramic ashtrays of Brush-Mc Coy, whose pot-bellied ashtray flanked by a pair of open-mouthed frogs (that’s where you were supposed to put your fresh cigarettes) is quite collectible.Typical Roman numeral marks for Van Briggle include: III for 19 examples; and V for 1904 examples.Van Briggle Pottery produced in 1905 can be found marked with a wider variety of Roman numerals including V, X, VV, and VX.Rather than just responding to collector’s emails I am going to try answer more of these questions in blog posts.
Since the majority of collectors are interested in dating early examples of Van Briggle this discussion will focus on dating examples from the 1920s and earlier.
Van Briggle Pottery produced between 1900 and early 1907 was typically clearly dated.
Marks typically seen on pottery from this time period usually include the logo, Van Briggle, date, shape number and a Roman numeral.
Back then, most pottery was created to be used in everyday life by an individual that probably lived near you.
The makers rarely marked these pieces because beyond there usefulness, the items weren't much to look at.