Apollinaris Glazed Ceramic Advertising Match Striker

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apollinaris match striker

This beautiful glazed and crazed Apollinaris advertising match holder and striker is an inch larger in diameter than similar match strikers. Apollinaris is a German brand of mineral water which is still available for sale in Europe (and was on sale in the UK at the time the match striker was made) and the U.S. As beautiful as the cobalt blue is on this match striker, we don’t know why they bottled and marketed the mineral water in a green bottle until recently after Coca Cola purchased the company from Cadbury Schweppes.

This Apollinaris match striker was made by the firm of W. Wood & Co, as marked on the bottom. W.Wood & Co operated between 1873 and 1932, from the Albert Street Works in Burslem, Staffordshire. The mark on this striker dates the piece from between 1915 and 1932, a similar knot work mark but without the crown was used previously on pieces made between 1880 and 1915. In addition to the ornate crown, it contains the symbol of the County of Stafford, and was used by many of the potters from Stoke on Trent. The handsome three loop knot represents “the knot unites.”

This striker does not have ridges per se, it has a rough surface for strikes between the two bands. The ample sloped dish area allows for remnants of used matches to safely be placed after use.

We picked this rich piece of advertising, pub, and smoking memorabilia in the midwest at an estate auction.

Measurements: 4.5″ diameter x 3″ tall

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Weller Hobart Bacchus Flower Frog

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Vintage Rudolph Lorber for Weller Hobart Bacchus Flower Frog

Dionysus was the Greek god of wine, ecstasy and decadence, Bacchus was the name adopted for Roman myth. This rare Weller flower frog depicts the young cherubic boy holding grapes. Rudolph Lorber was the creator of the Weller Hobart line for which this design was originally made in the late 1920s.

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Collectible Vintage Patriotic Ceramic Bowl

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This one of a kind ceramic bowl with relief detail has Americana written all over it! “God Bless America” and an American Eagle are emblazoned on this piece of original folk art with aqua glaze. A true collector’s piece suitable for everyday use for your pooch or as a collectible display piece sure to spark conversation. Signed Elizabeth Smith on the bottom.

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