Anyone Collect Stanford Pottery Banks?

Anyone Collect Stanford Pottery Banks?

Joined: October 25th, 2007, 2:36 pm

December 28th, 2007, 11:09 pm #1

I have the Indians Gold Tooth bank and a rare Detroit Tigers Human head bank and would like to add a third soon. The Pirates bank is probably next in line as it is the most affordable. Anybody else have any? I would love to see some pictures if you do.
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Joined: October 19th, 2007, 8:54 am

December 29th, 2007, 2:09 am #2

This is one of my favorite areas of collecting. The Stanford Pottery Banks are an artistic and terrific set, which are all attainable (with the exception of one nearly impossible piece).

Here is the pecking order, in terms of commonality and desirability...

Indians
Pirates
Braves
Generic Man Face - No Team
Tigers Man Face
Brooklyn Bum
Tigers Mascot Head
Philadelphia Athletics

The Athletics White Elephant is seldom-seen, and I know of only 4 to surface in the past 10 years. I have been an under-bidder twice, and this item is at the very top of my want-list. If anybody reads this, and has this A's piece for sale or trade, PLEASE email me.

Stanford Pottery also made lamps in the '50s, with team Names embossed in script, on the base. They typically sell pretty cheap ($75 - $150, depending on condition...)
Hope this info is helpful.
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Joined: October 25th, 2007, 2:36 pm

December 29th, 2007, 2:35 am #3

I have the Indians Gold Tooth bank and a rare Detroit Tigers Human head bank and would like to add a third soon. The Pirates bank is probably next in line as it is the most affordable. Anybody else have any? I would love to see some pictures if you do.
I did not know they made lamps as well. I'll have to check in to those. If you know where I can see one please let me know. I have seen photo of the A's elephant bank and it is awesome looking. The Braves bank with the full head-dress is also up there with the A's bank in terms or rarity and value.
I would love to someday get the entire set but i'll have to take it one at a time for now.
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Joined: January 14th, 2007, 8:51 pm

December 29th, 2007, 2:40 am #4

I have the Indians Gold Tooth bank and a rare Detroit Tigers Human head bank and would like to add a third soon. The Pirates bank is probably next in line as it is the most affordable. Anybody else have any? I would love to see some pictures if you do.
There was a period during my Indians collecting life when I, shall we say, went a little overboard on the Stanford Pottery Chief Wahoos:



I picked this up at an auction in Columbus, Ohio, about 10 years ago. I've always considered it to be either a salesman's sample or some kind of prototype. It is significantly smaller than the standard size Stanford Cleveland Indian and has markings from the factory on the underside:



It's not unusual to see decals on the bases of the Gibbs-Connor Cleveland Indians (ones that read "Souvenir of Cleveland" or "Souvenir of World Series"), but I rarely come across them on Stanford Pottery statues. This one reads "Souvenir of Cleveland, Ohio" (sorry for the poor photo):



Finally, on about 199 out of 200 Stanford Pottery figurines (I'm guessing), you'll find the typical manufacturer's stamp on the right. The round stamp, pictured on the left, is rarely seen:



One final note: I picked up my first Stanford Pottery Wahoo in the pre-eBay days of 1991. At that time, Cleveland Indians collectors considered them pretty darn rare. Even in the early days of eBay (10-11 years ago), you wouldn't expect to pick up a Stanford Pottery Indian for less than $300. Now, I bet you can always find at least five or six for sale at any one time.

Hope some of this is remotely interesting and/or helpful.

Rob


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Joined: October 25th, 2007, 2:36 pm

December 29th, 2007, 2:56 am #5

I have the Indians Gold Tooth bank and a rare Detroit Tigers Human head bank and would like to add a third soon. The Pirates bank is probably next in line as it is the most affordable. Anybody else have any? I would love to see some pictures if you do.
That little one is cool looking. Here is my photo with just one lousy Indians bank. Nothing compared to the DOZEN or so in your pic.
Photo is not great but the best I had.
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By the way Rob, is that a black Mazzolini figure behind the mini SP bank?
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Joined: January 14th, 2007, 8:51 pm

December 29th, 2007, 3:12 am #6

I have the Indians Gold Tooth bank and a rare Detroit Tigers Human head bank and would like to add a third soon. The Pirates bank is probably next in line as it is the most affordable. Anybody else have any? I would love to see some pictures if you do.
Here's a photo of my Stanford Pottery Indians lamp. The shade is modern.

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Joined: January 14th, 2007, 8:51 pm

December 29th, 2007, 3:30 am #7

I have the Indians Gold Tooth bank and a rare Detroit Tigers Human head bank and would like to add a third soon. The Pirates bank is probably next in line as it is the most affordable. Anybody else have any? I would love to see some pictures if you do.
Here's the story on the black Mazzolini figure:

In the 1990s a gentleman in northeast Ohio had the original Mazzolini molds. To his credit, he didn't use them to deceive anyone, and the small number of statues he produced were easily identifiable by their modern, glossy finish (although I do see them pop up on eBay and represented as being original).

Anyway, this gentleman was contacted by a native American group that was meeting with Cleveland Indians management to discuss their disapproval of the Chief Wahoo mascot. They placed an order for a number of modern Mazzolinis but asked that some of the statues be colored black and others a light yellow. They used these statues in their presentation to the team, using the reasoning that management wouldn't think of using a black Chief Wahoo or yellow version because blacks and Asians would find it offensive. That was their thinking, for what it's worth.

The gentleman agreed to make the statues with the understanding that he'd do it at no charge and the statues would be returned to him. They were, and he in turn sold them to a mutual friend, who passed one of the black ones along to me.

Sounds kind of wild, I know. But if you followed the Indians during their return to prominence in the mid-1990s, you'll remember that native American protests outside Jacobs Field were almost a daily happening for awhile. And the source of this tale is a person of unquestionable integrity.

The bottom line is the statue is kind of neat and a small part of my collection, so I've never agonized about the story I received with the figurine. (And best of all, the Mazzolini molds eventually were destroyed.)

Rob
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Joined: October 25th, 2007, 2:36 pm

December 29th, 2007, 3:38 am #8

I have the Indians Gold Tooth bank and a rare Detroit Tigers Human head bank and would like to add a third soon. The Pirates bank is probably next in line as it is the most affordable. Anybody else have any? I would love to see some pictures if you do.
Thanks for posting the picture of the lamp Rob. I have seen those before but never knew they were made by Stanford Potery.

That is a very interesting story about the Mazzolini figure. I always like items such as that statue that tell a story and have meaning. Very cool piece. Thanks for sharing.
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Joined: January 14th, 2007, 8:51 pm

December 29th, 2007, 4:03 am #9

I have the Indians Gold Tooth bank and a rare Detroit Tigers Human head bank and would like to add a third soon. The Pirates bank is probably next in line as it is the most affordable. Anybody else have any? I would love to see some pictures if you do.
Brock,

I should add that I've never seen proof that these lamps were made by Stanford Pottery. There are no markings on the outside of the lamps that attribute them to S.P., and I've never removed the metal base to see the insides. Given that the Indians figurines are clearly marked Stanford Pottery on the outside, I find it at least a little strange that the lamps aren't.

I've wondered whether the Stanford Pottery heritage simply was repeated enough times that it came to be accepted as fact. Given that the lamps don't sell for much, I've never worried too much about it, but I have questioned whether these indeed were made by Stanford Pottery. For what it's worth ...

Rob
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Joined: July 16th, 2004, 7:07 pm

December 29th, 2007, 11:28 am #10

I have the Indians Gold Tooth bank and a rare Detroit Tigers Human head bank and would like to add a third soon. The Pirates bank is probably next in line as it is the most affordable. Anybody else have any? I would love to see some pictures if you do.
Mark. Can you please post some pics of the banks you listed. In particular, the non-Indians pieces which havn't been shown in this post. I have never collected them and am intrigued.

There was a Cubs lamp listed recently but I don't believe is was promoted as a Stanfor piece.
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