Buying & Selling

We are always interested in Trading Pot Lids & Jars. Especially pieces we do not have in our collection.
If we do have an example, then we are only too happy to advise what a fair current market price is and we are also able to broker a sale for a nominal fee, with other collectors, for a honest and fair market price. Many of the items we sell for people who contact us, are supplied with up to date auction and sale records of items that have "SOLD"

Appreciate sale prices are arbitrary figures and seeing an item for sale doesn't necessarily mean it is a current market value.
In fact many lids have fallen in value in recent times. Especially common examples with a book value of £40-60. Whereas lids depicting a Bear have remained stable and in some cases, have risen in value.

We use Keith Mortimer's Price Guide on the Staffordshire types or Coloured examples and often sale records on many of the other types. A highly anticipated publication to rival Ron Dales previous Pot Lid book, we understand is going to be released soon with further information. Stay tuned to this space!

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Mike B (Los Angeles CA)
After finding two Pratt jars in my parent’s house and doing a little research on the internet, it became apparent that John is the expert on Pratt jars.  He is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable on the subject and was very helpful in determining the value and finding a buyer for my Pratt jars.  Interactions with him were always easy and straightforward and I found him to be extremely trustworthy.

C. Moore (Canterbury UK)
Had several Pot Lids in frames and after stumbling on this website, we contacted John and he showed us current values and managed to achieve well over twice as much as we were previously offered. We highly recommend him.

Jude (NZ)
After finding John’s details online I sent a very naive email, with some very bad pictures of my lids, asking for help re their possible worth. From that moment on John was incredibly helpful and responsive with no obligation to sell through him. I chose to do so and he got me a wonderful result, keeping me updated regularly throughout the process. I cannot recommendation him highly enough, his friendliness, professionalism and knowledge made the process completely stress free for me and I thank him for this.

Lesley (Liverpool UK)
Having looked around and found Johns website, I dropped him an email, we exchanged a few pictures, I didn't know really what I had. John was very kind and professional  in letting me know. It was all so easy, yes I was sceptical putting my trust in someone I'd never met as most people would be, but John was very professional and so easy to talk too I'm so pleased I dealt with him. I would defiantly recommend  him to deal with, and found him both honest and respectful. One of the nicest people.

Bronte (Philadelphia USA)
Had a talk to John over the phone and he definitely knows his Pot Lids & Jars. He pointed out a slight variation and got me a gob of money. This is definitely the man. Would encourage people just to send him an email.

Sale for this very badly stained jar or pot depicting the Great Exhibition of 1851 at Hyde Park. The Crystal Palace as it was known was also held in New York in 1853.

Sale for this example was for $1000+.

Many of these are appearing in the USA, where no doubt they were marketed by a retailer in later years, who very likely won a prize at the Great Exhibition.

Recent sale for a client at £215