As part of the Free Instant Appraisals Offering (currently discontinued) almost 200 objects were appraised by the renowned auction house, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.  Readers provided a description and photos of the objects they submitted. 

Description

This is a 5 inch ceramic flower vase.  It has a pebbly surface as though sand was used in the glaze. The decoration consists of a raised flower on a leaf branch.  The flower is high gloss glaze. There is a chip in one petal of the flower and in one leaf.  There are no other chips or cracks.  There is a brown colored S (or possibly a 5) on the bottom.  The vase belonged to my great, great grandparents who lived in Pennsylvania in 1821 to 1892.   There is a companion bud vase that is 10 inches tall with roses.

Appraisal

Based on the photo and information provided, this vase appears to be an example of a Cincinnati Art Pottery work, made in the late 19th century.  While they turned out many different wares they did do a lot with the pebbled surface and applied flowers.  The mark on the bottom is a bit of a mystery, perhaps an artist’s initial.  At auction these types of vases generally bring around $200.