Can Weeping Gold Pottery Be a Valuable Collectible?
inAugust 31, 2011 - 8:53am
The interest in acquiring precious metals, such as gold, has risen in our tough economical times. What is mostly being bought and sold are not the usual collectibles, but gold and silver, in any form. Bullion, jewelry, computer parts and scrap metal prices are really up there.
I recently purchased a 22K Gold vase at an estate sale for very little money. I began researching prices on the internet for these pieces and found that they are relatively inexpensive to buy most everywhere. My thoughts at this point were why are these so cheap when they are stamped with genuine karat gold? They have a rich gold looking appearance, even though some people may think they look gawdy.
True weeping gold pottery has a gold dripping and spattered appearance. They also contain real gold as identified in the grade marking on each piece. These weeping gold pieces were first created in the 1940s and continued in production until the price of gold was prohibitive. According to Lehner's Encyclopedia of U.S. Marks on Pottery, Porcelain & Clay, the first company to produce the Weeping Gold style was Kingwood Ceramics of Est Palestine, Ohio. Other company's followed like McCoy and Acme Craftwear, among others. In those days, it was an expensive collector's item.
The process of creation includes 2 types of glazing. First a textured glaze was applied and then the pottery was chilled. Then, the molten gold was poured over the piece, ran through the textures and solidified with drips, like tears. Hence, the name Weeping Gold. These pieces can be called "precious" for their metal content alone.
With precious gold imbedded in these pieces and so many different styles to choose from, why aren't they more expensive? While these pieces are collectible, they are not considered highly valued by buyers. If a piece is marked with the gold content and the maker's mark, those can be more valuable, but an unmarked item can be purchased at a bargain rate.
Let me also add that there are some folks refining gold from collectibles. Precious metals are being removed from pottery such as Weeping Gold and plates with precious metal edging. The chemicals to do this are extremely dangerous and can be deadly. There is so very little gold refined that it sometimes is not worth the price of the supplies.
So, we will return to our original question: Is Weeping Gold a Valuable Collectible? All I can say is beauty is in the eye of the beholder.