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MZ Austria (Altrohlau) Jam Pot

Posted Wednesday, October 11 by Brian

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I was wondering if you knew what I have here. I was cleaning out my sister’s garage, and we came across this. This came from our grandmother, who’s family fled Russia (I think), when she was only 2 years old. I have no idea how old it is, if the family brought it along, or if it was purchased here in the states. The gold is wearing in a few spots, but no crazing. There is a small dark stain inside the cup, but I don’t know what it is. No hole in the bottom, its solid, and the dimensions are 4” high, 3 3/8” diameter across the top.

Hope you can shed some light on this.

Kind Regards, <<...>> <<...>> <<...>> Becky

I believe what you have is a jam pot. The reason I asked about the hole is that some jam pots were made so that you could just slip a commercially made jam jar inside and have a pretty display without dirtying the decorative piece. The hole let you push the jar up enough to grab it for removal.

It could have been made anywhere from about 1890 to 1920, and could have been available both here and in Europe. Replacements Ltd has over 500 patterns by this company (Altrohlau). So identifying the pattern could take a long time, if it is even possible. The company also sold "blanks" to other companies to decorate.

The gold wear does affect the price. It would probably sell for $40-$50.

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