Most people who collect Gouda specialise after a while. The variety to
choose from is so enormous that many choices can be made. Some collect
vases, others collect clocks some collect just a specific decor, or a
certain year, or Ink sets, smoke ware, wall plates, birds on
Not that it is always available when you want it, but that is a different
thing, some persistence is definitely required. I personally think that is
part of the fun; I guess that is what it takes to create a unique
The huge variety in Gouda earthenware can be explained because of the
depression around World War 1 and of course that some Gouda potteries have
been around for quite a long time. The PZH for instance existed from 1898
to 1964, some others started a few years earlier. Many though have a
I have made a choice to collect items from say before 1930.
Most of my collection was made around the time of world war one and the
depression that followed. It seems they tried to manufacture a huge
variety of things. Lamps, clocks, egg cup holders, smoke sets, carafe’s
For an example of a tea service click HERE
As evidenced by the number of tobacco pots on my website, they certainly
tried to look after the huge number of people that smoked tobacco.
To further support the smokers they invented:
Cigarette holders; for one with interesting markings underneath,
Cigar holders; for en example, click HERE
All this provides quite an interesting opportunity for the collector.