What’s an 0live Jar Worth?

Many of us seem to be discovering antique olive jars these days. I’ve developed a fondness for them. They’re from Spain, Greece, France…anywhere olives are grown…and many are over 100 years old!

My question is, what makes this French olive jar $2600, while this one, origin unknown…

Costs $285? The shop I found this one in has a twin and they’re both on these neat iron stands. The shop is a collective and the owner wasn’t there, but I guess I need to ask him/her for more information. Maybe they’re reproductions? If they are, they are surely good ones…at least from my perspective.

I’ve been trying to do some research on-line, but so far, each site I visit is selling instead of educating. Just between you and me, if I was selling a $2600 French olive jar, I’d tell you why it was prices at $2600 and not $285!

Do you collect olive jars? Do you know of a place I can go to learn more? Should I go grab the olive jar for $285? It would be so lovely here at our casita!

Have a wonderful week!


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  1. It’s all about the look! I could care less about its origins in this case. It will sit anywhere and do the job. Now if it was a Tizio lamp, or a Hermes throw, there is no room for a reproduction, but this? Not a problem.

  2. I do love the more expensive one though but that is an interesting question. I was in a shoe store yesterday and tried on a pair of those platform style high heels, HA. Never in a million years could I wear them, but I’ve never worn a heel higher than about 3 inches anyway.

  3. I would purchase that olive jar. That is huge and a great price. Small ones even can sell for that. I love to snap up a bargain on those. Not sure where to find out more info on them though.

    Thanks so much for your visits and comments.

  4. Sandi Shackelford says

    I just purchased half a dozen old olive jars at an auction and I am also trying to find out more information on how to price them. I have a number of them that I’ve had for years, never paid more than $100 for one, but that was over 20 years ago. And the ones I’ve had for a while are not huge. I’ll keep looking.

  5. I have two awesome ones that I purchased recently, but I have no way of knowing the age or origin. I want to know and understand the value. They appear really old and truly antique. Has anyone come up with where to go to research this?

  6. I have 2 I would like to sale. They are 36″ tall and 86″ round at fullest point. Don’t know what they are worth but paid $3800 for them 20 years ago.

  7. Frank Taggart says

    Have one that Smithsonian institution dated 15 century or previous have documentation from 1970

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