Yellowware Bowl Wanted

Help Wanted! Yellowware Bowl Wanted!

Yellowware Bowl Wanted

One of our visitors has reached out to us asking for help locating a 14″ brown yellowware bowl to replace one that was recently broken. If you have one available, or know where a replacement can be obtained, please leave a comment or contact us at

The photo shows the striped patterns our reader is trying to match.

We have a number of items on hand here at that we haven’t posted on the site yet, but unfortunately none of them are a good match for the replacement bowl.

Sadly, I don’t remember seeing a brown striped yellowware bowl of that size in quite a while.

Please if you have any leads or suggestions as to where a replacement can be found, contact us. Thanks.

Is it Mochaware, Mocha Yellowware, or Mocha Decorated Yellowware?

Example of Mocha Yellowware
Mocha Yellowware? When I hear the word mocha, I think of coffee and the color brown. But when it comes to yellowware, mocha refers to a style of decoration, a motif, not necessarily color.

The term originated from the quartz stones found chiefly in Arabia and yes most of the earliest designs were in fact brown. But the recipes were quickly modified to produce other colors.

Take a look at the photo to the right. The blue seaweed-like design is an example of a mocha motif. Tree patterns, worm patterns, and seaweed patterns are examples of common mocha designs.

Some of the earliest mocha designs were the thistle designs of Scotland – probably originated in Glasgow, Scotland somewhere between 1810 and 1830. These were followed by tree-like designs occurring around 1850 through 1880. By the 1870s, the seaweed, feathers, and earthworm designs had become popular. It is believed that by the 1920s the mocha motif had run its course and was no longer being used on yellowware pottery.

Now for an interesting story, take a look at the photo of a mocha decorated Chamber Pot found in a shipwreck off the coast of Jacksonville, FL, in 2005. The ship was transporting British ceramic imports between the eastern US ports and was believed to have gone down during a hurricane in September 1854. What a wonderful find. You can read more about the shipwreck and its findings here. Be sure to take a look at some of the photos of the pottery on the ocean floor.

I know, I know, weird ending for a Mocha Yellowware article. Coffee anyone?

Antique Yellowware Prices

Want to get an idea of antique yellowware prices back in the day? Here is an except of the January 1, 1900 Standard Revised Price List for The D. E. McNicol Pottery Co. of East Liverpool, Ohio.
Photo of McNicol Price List
Round rim, turned and banded.

42s, diameter 4 1/2-inch …………..$ .35
36s, diameter 5 1/4-inch …………… .40
30s, diameter 6-inch ……………….. .50
24s, diameter 6 3/8-inch …………… .60
18s, diameter 7 3/4-inch ………….. 1.10
12s, diameter 8 1/2-inch ………….. 1.50
9s, diameter 10 1/4-inch ………….. 2.00
6s, diameter 11 1/4-inch ………….. 3.00
4s, diameter 12 1/2-inch ………….. 4.25
3s, diameter 13 1/2-inch ………….. 5.75
2s, diameter 14 1/2-inch ………….. 8.00
1s, diameter 15 1/2-inch ………… 12.00

So… Would you have purchased some pieces back then? Would you have used them in the kitchen on a regular basis?