Marcrest the oxymoron of pottery. Who made what and when was it made. Hull makes the problem even worst
since the factory was burnt
and records are almost nonexistent now and of course most of the workers have died off. These are the facts we have to deal with when
collecting Hull Pottery. Marcrest has long been associated with Hull Pottery in their brown ware lines. The problem lies in the actual connection in the two.
The brown ware line was produced from the late 40s to the mid 60s with the Marcrest mark. Hull's production for Marcrest started in the late 50s,
Most of the pieces produced by Hull were of five different sold colors
and a line of pieces with brown bottom sections with a yellow top with a
drip edge. The sold colors were green, pink, yellow coral and white. The
line should have a higher value to it than it does since the pieces are not
that easy to find.
The brown ware line was produced by Western Stoneware with a color called Warm Colorado Brown and the pattern was called Pennsylvania Dutch or "Daisy Dot".
Hull Pottery did the Pastel color pieces only as far as I can determine with over thirty years of research from time to time and these were patterned after
the Heritage ware line.. There were some smaller companies hired to produce some minor pieces that did not have the
Marcrest symbol on the bottom of
Some minor further information about Marcrest is the company that sold Marcrest, Marshall Burns, was a division of Technicolor. It was a sales agency that
operated in Chicago and distributed its products by rail and by truck. Marcrest was one of the products they distributed. Marcrest products were used as
premium or "booster" items for service stations, grocery stores, Western Auto, movie theaters and other businesses in the 50's. Marcrest was probably made
from the late 40's into the early 60's.
The Marcrest listed in this priceguide will be only the pastel color pieces. As everyone has an opinion of what is Hull and what is not, mine is that the Marcrest Brown Ware was not Hull but if you feel it was then by all means collect it as Hull.
As we all know there are a lot of the pieces out there with the USA on
them. It is a beautiful pattern and there are a lot of it
out there to collect.