This lovely crock is vintage. It's a great size for holding utensils or for use as a vase. It has a very rustic finish. I did not see any cracks or chips. There are several imperfections which I would expect in a rustic piece, and these are normal and part of the charm. I mean to say there are some rough spots and specks in the finish that appear to be original. There is felt on the bottom, so I was unable to see any markings.