Restoration of Antique Crocks

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Restoring antique crocks can be worthwhile for the right pieces. Learn why and how to restore them in this free diy collectors video from an antiques dealer collection expert.

Part of the Video Series: How to Collect Antique Stoneware Crocks
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Some of these crocks are restored in I personally don't see any problem with restoration especially if you have a really really nice highly stylize cobalt decoration and you want to stabilize a crock. It doesn't necessarily enhance the value of the crock but it can be repaired and it is repaired well it's is very attractive to look at and it can maintain it's value. It is done poorly it is not going to retain it's value. Not unusual to replace these ears either on your crocks. I could show you a example of a crock that has been repair and I particularly don't like the type of repair that was done on it when you look at a crock and you see this crock has been actually repair and there's a distinct line of coloration where the repair was done here and up here you can see this was all a repair. When you are looking at a crock one way to try to tell whether or not a crock has been repair the surface area here is really smooth and really clean and over the years a crock is going to take on and get oxidize and there is going to be wear natural wear and natural discoloration this is not natural. If you look at a crock like this you can see there is age marks here and there is discoloration on this crock this is not something that you can manufacture or reproduce. So when you look at this surface you know that dirt and accumulation over the years. When you look at this surface it is clean and shiny and hitting and no dirt so that is a good sign that the crock is either restored or it is reproduction. So that is something to look for in you looking at getting restoration of buying something that is restore of just to be able to recognize if it has been restored or if it is a reproduction.

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