At one time crocks were used for holding butter, salted meats and pickled vegetables. Now-a-days they are used as rustic decor around the house. I have several crocks produced by E. Swasey & Company, F. Woodworth- Burlington, VT and a few unmarked that are wonderful pieces to use for decorating and storage.
Brief history of crockery / pottery produced by F. Woodworth & Co. and E. Swasey & Co.-
E. Swasey & Company was owned by Eben and Fred D. Swasey and George Young (l89l-l897). They made wholesale crockery & glassware at 273 Commercial St., Portland. The company also imported pottery.
How gorgeous is this primitive Christmas tree in the large crock below.
Cottonsnwoolens.blogspot.com did a great job of using their over-sized crock as a base for the tree.
You can find plenty of unmarked crocks which make for great flower and greenery containers. The way http://rustyhinge.blogspot.com has used their unmarked crocks as Christmas decor is simple yet beautiful.
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, commodities such as molasses and vinegar were not sold by the bottle, rather, a customer would bring a jug to the store and the shop clerk would fill it from a barrel.
With fall fast approaching how wonderful is this setup I found at indulgy.com for your front porch. You could definitely leave this arrangement up until Thanksgiving. The salt glazed jugs give it a great rustic feel, perfect for Autumn.
And we can’t forget about using these vintage crocks in the kitchen. They make for perfect storage for your kitchen utensils, towels and rolling pins as Thecrankycow.blogspot.com used theirs for.
The crocks pictured above with “The Junkin Chick” watermark will all be for sale at the Charmed Market Pop Up Show in October at Walnut Cove, NC.