1. crockery and glass sellers, their wares, their trade.
|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor I 324: The crockery-ware and glass-sellers (known in the street-trade as ‘crocks’). [Ibid.] II 44: It’s not such slavish work as the ‘crocks’.|
|(ref. to 1880) Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 98/2: Crocks (Art jargon, 1880). Ornamental china. This term came in when, from 1870 to 1880, the porcelain mania raged, and huge sums were given for even poor specimens of china.|
2. crockery, esp. in context of washing it up.
|Gem 16 Mar. 15: ‘All my crocks!’ hooted Porker.|