Through strong design and process engineering capabilities, Kerr has garnered an impressive customer base, supplying closures to nearly all of the major prescription drug companies in the United States.
The company's tamper-evident closures can also be found on most liquor bottles, as well as on many food products. The company is additionally the number two manufacturer of pharmaceutical packaging products (including the amber-colored vials and the associated closure used by pharmacies to package prescriptions filled by pharmacists on site) second only to Owens-Illinois and leading Sunbeam Plastics, a division of Rexham. Kerr to manufacture home canning supplies for people who canned their own foods, such as preserves, jams, jellies, and the like.
The insulators made by this manufacturer are found in a variety of colors ranging from green, straw, gray, amber and purple.
Dating kerr jars
Basically chalkware is made from Plaster of Paris and then painted with a water based paint. I took a couple pictures at a thrift store recently to show you what chalkware looks like on the inside. ) This wall plaque was actually from the 1970s I believe but by a company that is well known for their mid century chalkware. The older the piece, the more wear and damage is forgiven. Sign up for email updates on new posts over there on the side (or maybe down below on mobile)…and you can also sign up for our monthly newsletter where we discuss vintage and thrifting finds as well as reselling tips and tricks.
Operated in Sidney, Australia and Penrose, New Zealand during the period 1920's to 1940's.
I just came across this beauty at an antique store. I finally found some Victorian 19th century pieces by checking Worthpoint and they were from auction houses. So yes, condition and subject matter affects saleability. On the other hand, I had these Miller Studio rooster plaques in my shop that sold very quickly. Folks decorating their bathrooms 1950s style don’t feel the room is complete without something like this: Chalkware fish set by Chic Mouse Vintage on Etsy Chalkware Mermaid Set by Shake and Pass the Salt on Etsy See more mid century chalkware here. Due to the composition and age of these pieces, some wear is to be expected. Newer pieces (50s-70s) with major chips or breaks can probably be given a pass.
The trend continued on into the 50s and 60s when more kitschy and anthropomorphic chalkware products were popular…wall plaques for the kitchen and bathroom for example. ) From the same antique store: We can’t talk about value of chalkware items for the reseller without discussing what chalkware is made of. Pieces from that long ago have not survived all that often. For example, I have had these 2 plaques in my Etsy shop for quite awhile. Not worth picking up unless they can be repaired easily.
High-quality glass sand, with few impurities and high silica content, occurred in abundance in southeastern Oklahoma in the Arbuckle Mountains near Roff, Sulphur, and Mill Creek and in the northeast near Tahlequah, as well as in other locations.
In addition, natural gas, discovered after 1900, provided an abundant fuel source.
Welcome back to the third installment of our Selling Vintage A to Z series. The first phase was in the 19th century and pieces (often figurines) were made in Staffordshire and other molds and marketed to be an inexpensive version of more expensive porcelain pieces. The second phase was the first of half of the 20th century and pieces from this era have more of a kitsch feel. I found a nice article here that explains more about the 19th century chalkware and how to identify it.
To see previous posts in the series, click on the page at the top (or dropdown on mobile) where all the A to Z posts are handily gathered together! They were various items such as figurines and were given out as carnival prizes. When I was searching for examples of the early types of chalkware, I was having a hard time finding any for sale on Etsy or Ebay. That’s not to say the carnival pieces aren’t collectible. I actually just picked up a single one of these last week that I need to list.
During this time they manufactured a limited range of Jars and Insulators when compared to some of the other manufacturers.