In 1871, the same year of the great Chicago fire, a young German immigrant named David H. Haeger founded the company originally known as the Dundee Brickyard. The Chicago Fire destroyed more than 17,500 buildings and made tens of thousands suddenly homeless. The Dundee Brickyard fired the first of millions of bricks needed to help rebuild Chicago’s lakefront, which took 25 years to rebuild.
At the same time, David Haeger and his son Edmund H. Haeger, began laying the groundwork for their company’s transition from brickmakers to artisans. By 1900, the year of David H. Haeger’s passing, the company was making simple red clay flower pots for the florist trade. In 1912 Edmund Haeger introduced a more sophisticated line of glazed artware and changed Haeger Bricks to Haeger Potteries. Over the next 130 years this small town brickmaker became America’s oldest and largest producers of pottery. (For more information on the history of Haeger pottery, visit www.haegerpotteries.com.)
This striking 11 1/2″ Royal Haeger vase with red peacock lava-like glaze came from an unbelievable mid century collector’s estate. I have many wonderful items for sale in my eBay Store, so please check my listings for other great finds.