Wednesday, September 10, 2008

ERPHILA PITCHER

ERPHILA PITCHER


Q: I have a pitcher that I think is at least 70 years old. It is 5 1/2 inches high. The bottom is marked "Erphila Germany" and "Dutchy Jugs." I would appreciate any information you can provide.


A: Ebeling & Reuss is a company founded in Philadelphia in 1886. The company imported and sold porcelain figures, animals, teapots, pitchers and creamers, platters, and other giftwares from many factories, mostly in Germany and Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic). Their ceramics are marked "Erphila"--for Ebeling, Reuss and Philadelphia. Occasionally a manufacturer's mark is also used. The firm is still in business in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and sells silverware, crystal, and home decorating items from many countries. Your pitcher is one of many whimsical figural pitchers imported by Ebeling & Reuss about 1930. It would sell for $50 to $65.

2 comments:

Allison said...

I have a similar pitcher but it is a man with a black hat a yellow shirt, a blue bow tie, his hair and jacket are gray. It is marked Czechoslovakia Erphilia. Can anyone tell me anything about this piece. I can't find it anywhere online and I don't see this style marking on the bottom either. The mark is just black and the words are arched.

Allison said...

I have a similar pitcher but it is a man with a black hat, yellow shirt, blue tie and pants. He has gray hair and a gray jacket. I think he looks like Benjamin Franklin to be honest. The marking says Erphila Czechoslovakia in black and it's arched there is no other decoration on the marking just simple words. Can anyone tell me about this piece?