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Collecting Pacific

Pacific Pottery Lattie's Briefcase

Melvin J. Lattie

Melvin J. Lattie was Pacific Clay’s sales director in the 1930s. His son, Jim Lattie, later became a Pacific Pottery collector. As part of a set purchased from Jim Lattie’s estate in 2016, I was able to pick up Melvin’s black leather briefcase from the 30s – now a prized possession in my Pacific collection. Shown next to a photo of Jim Lattie from the late 1930s – parked on a Pacific Pottery vase. Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Pacific Pottery Hostessware Delph

Pacific Pottery Hostessware Set in Delph Blue

Here’s a set of Pacific Pottery Hostessware in the hard-to-find delph glaze. I purchased this set from another collector in Santa Paula, California this summer. This was likely a “wedding set” – complete set for 8+ with an assortment of serving pieces in near mint condition – looks barely used. I added the tab-handled target platter, which I purchased from an antique store in Pasadena on the same day (I knew it had been sitting

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Pacific Clay Products - Plant #4 Company Photo - 1935

Pacific Pottery Employee Photo 1935

California pottery Jedi and artist Jack Chipman sent me a photo yesterday from Pacific Clay Products’ company photo from plant #4 – the Lincoln Heights (east LA) facility where Hostess Ware and other art and garden pottery was produced. I took the image, fixed some of the ravages of time (creases and folds), and lightly colorized the people to help them stand out (the original image was very white-washed). Something that collectors tend to

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