Antique Ceramic Electric Jug Collecting in the 2010s

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Antique electric jugs become fewer and fewer every year while more people become interested in them all the time. Collectable varieties have been described as 'smart art' due to their rarity and potential to spike in value in coming decades.


There are literally tens of thousands of old ceramic electric jugs in circulation, many out of order, but out there... Yet to be flushed out through garage sales, deceased estates, swap meets, car boot sales, opportunity shops, auction houses, antique collectables dealers and of course eBay. New collectors should restrain from purchasing just every jug they see and rather focus on being selective to create a collection that will certainly appreciate in value.

Collecting this decade will see a spike in value of the earliest and also the most colourful jugs from the 1920s and 1930s, which will in turn drag up the value of the plainer varieties from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s as they become scarcer and sought after as retro collectables.

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It will become harder to find museum quality examples as crazing cracking begins to affect the more ancient porcelain and fewer jugs remain in 'as new' condition with their decal transfer stickers intact.

eBay will grow as an ideal market place to sell collectables of this type and buyers will have the opportunity to purchase jugs of any type from all over Australia and New Zealand. However, all this interest and activity will itself add to the decline in jug numbers as inevitably a number will be lost to breakages in the post.

New jug enthusiasts should investigate museum collections, visit other collectors and join an online electric jug collecting forum to get a strong feel for the best shapes to seek out and the range of colours and styles available.

Jug collecting is a serious hobby for those interested in Australian pottery and its history.

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Jug collecting is equally appealing to both males and females as a hobby.

These belong in a museum


The Ray Dalton Electric Jug Collection


The John Scott Electric Jug Collection

The most collectable jugs were made by the major potteries of Bendigo, Lithgow, Koster, Mashman, Sunshine, "Hecla", "Nilsen" and “Cooper & Cook” during the 1920-30s.

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