Haeger Potteries - A Collection Of Vases 125 Years In The

The journey of Haegar Potteries begins with a smart
capitalistic German brick-maker who began his own brickyard
in 1871 in Dundee, Illinois. How did this man, David
Haeger, profit so much from solely producing bricks and roof
tiles back then? The Great Chicago Fire, which destroyed
nearly 17,500 buildings, was a highly prosperous unfortunate
circumstance that paid off well for David's Dundee Brickyard
for the next 25 years. In time, Dundee Brickyard added
another product and split into Haeger Potteries, which
celebrated 125 years of business in 1996.

After David~s death in 1900, his sons expanded the product
line to include red clay pots that were sold to florists.
On July 16, 1919, son Edmund purchased the pottery division
and named his company Haeger Potteries. Haeger vases
have been a popular staple of the floral industry ever
since. For decades the Haeger name has been applied to a
large collection of planters, vases, figurines,
candleholders, bowls, urns, ashtrays, bookends, and lamps.
According to the 1996 125th anniversary product catalog,
Haeger Potteries "produce the most collected accessories
for the home - destined to continue into the 21st Century
and beyond."

Ever since Edmund introduced specially glazed ceramic
products in 1912, the Haeger glaze has become a famous
trademark distinction. Even though Haeger Potteries does
not always carry a stamped or engraved marking, its pottery
is distinguishable by each decade's extremely characteristic
mixture of color and finish. In the 1950s for example, pink
or lime green was Haeger's distinct coloring. During the
1970s, orange and brown identified Haeger Potteries.
Starting in the 1920s, upper-class department stores sold
Haegar products, which tripled factory output.

In elementary school, many students learned of the yearlong
1934 Chicago World Fair (also known as Century of Progress)
and its incredible exhibits. One exhibit was Haegar
Potteries' complete ceramic works of southwestern Native
American style and that era's fashion. Over 4 million
attendees saw this impressive display.

The third generation of management leadership was handed the
torch in 1938 to Joseph Estes, son-in-law of Edmund Haeger.
Upon Edmund's passing in 1971, Joseph took over as
president of the company. The fourth generation entered
upon Joseph's passing in 1979 to his daughter Alexandra
Haeger Estes, who still presides over the whole corporation
Haeger Industries.

What makes Haeger pottery so collectible now, even after
thousands and thousands of pieces were merely used to hold
flower arrangements? While the common pieces do not hold
much value on the secondary market, several of the finer and
unique vases and figurines are very collectible and
considered antiques. Many of the better antique pieces sell
for hundreds of dollars and sought by devoted collectors.

The fine journey that Dave Haeger and later that his son
Edmund Haeger took to benefit the brick and ceramic
industries has not ended since its beginning 125 years ago;
these new and antique collectibles remain a hot item on the
market today and more customers continue to discover what
makes Haeger Potteries such a sought after product.

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-George Coggle

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