What’s an 0live Jar Worth? August 29, 2011

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. Jane on August 30, 2011 at 1:48 am

    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. Maria Killam on August 30, 2011 at 7:52 am

    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. Kim on August 31, 2011 at 7:12 am

    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.

    • Barbara Bussey on August 31, 2011 at 12:07 pm

      Thanks, Kim! I’ve had my eye on them for a few weeks now. I’m going to head over there tomorrow and see if they’re still available.

  4. Sandi Shackelford on December 18, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    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. SandyR on March 20, 2016 at 7:21 am

    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. Nance on August 4, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    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 on February 8, 2018 at 8:45 am

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

    • Barbara Bussey on February 8, 2018 at 12:37 pm

      Oh! That must be beautiful! Enjoy!

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