Kaslo medalta pottery milk jug

Kaslo milk pitcher nets $310

A Medalta milk pitcher sold last week for $310 US. On the front is written “H. Giegerich/Ask for Ogilvie’s Royal Household Four/Kaslo B.C.”



Part of a series looking at local items for sale on eBay.

A Medalta milk pitcher from Kaslo sold last week for $310 US. On the front is written “H. Giegerich/Ask for Ogilvie’s Royal Household Four/Kaslo B.C.”

Vintage items by Medalta pottery of Medicine Hat often command high prices.

Henry Giegerich was a merchant in Kaslo, Ainsworth, Three Forks, and Sandon.

In 1891, he came to Ainsworth from Montana and established a store at the corner of Wright and Sutton streets. After fire wiped out the town, he rebuilt in the same spot. In the 1910s, J.B. Fletcher took over the business, but Giegerich’s name remained on the building at least through 1926.

(The store still stands, now converted into a museum, open this summer Thursdays through Mondays from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Among the artifacts on display are several brushes with Giegerich’s name.)

In Kaslo, Giegerich built 344 Front Street after the great fire of 1894. For many years, it housed the Big G store of Byers, Giegerich, and Green. During World War II, it was a school for Japanese Canadians, and of late it has been the White Goat Gallery.

A great photo exists of Giegerich’s store on Reco Avenue in Sandon, with a big sign advertising Giant Powder fuse caps and Goodwin candles.

A stop along the Kaslo and Slocan Railway was also named after him.

• Three glass plate negatives purportedly from Greenwood and Midway sold for $20 to $21 US each.

One showed an old schoolhouse, which the seller admitted might have been from the Cawston area or somewhere in the South Okanagan. Another showed a smelter, presumably at Greenwood or Boundary Falls, with a denuded hillside in the foreground.

The third showed several wooden buildings. The seller said with a magnifying glass, the sign “Midway restaurant” was readable.

The negatives measured 8.5 x 6.5 inches.

• A nice bird’s-eye-view postcard of Trail sold for $49 US.

It was mailed in 1912 to a Mrs. Dr. Roth of Battle Creek, Michigan. The message read: “This is the spot where I am having such a good time and a good rest. Hope little Lawrence and Herman are well. I don’t suppose I will know the baby when I get home. Miss K.”

A rareish postcard showing Trail’s Central School and city hall, mailed in 1912 by a T.N. Davis to a Miss Stockwell in Nelson, also went for $31 US. The message noted: “This is a view of the new school built last year.”

Another copy of this card sold last November for $28.

This story will appear in the West Kootenay Advertiser on July 19.

 

 

 

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