Sunday, August 18, 2019.

July 25, 2019. 11:55am. Highlights from Saturday's landmark auction have been posted! (Click here to view them.) Feel free to browse the many significant prices realized, including new World Auction Records for an American Face Vessel, Ohio Stoneware and Alexandria, Virginia Stoneware.

July 21, 2019. 10:58am. Prices from yesterday's auction have been posted to the website; click here to view them! We as a family were overwhelmed by your support yesterday. We had what was clearly our largest crowd ever at our gallery and participation from bidders was exceedingly strong throughout the auction. The outpouring of consignments and bids for this, our 15th Anniversary Auction, could not have been more appreciated and please know that you have our sincerest thanks for your support over these many years. We know better than anyone that this business would not be possible without you.

Complete highlights will be posted to the website soon, but amongst many very strong hammer prices, Lot 43, the wonderful large-sized face cooler, realized $177,000 (including 18% buyer's premium): a new World Auction Record for both Ohio stoneware and an American face vessel!

If you were an absentee, phone, or internet bidding on Saturday and were successful, you should receive an invoice--which will, in the majority of cases, include shipping and insurance--by sometime tomorrow morning. In a few cases (for instance, if we do not have an email address on file for you) we will contact you early this week or mail you a paper invoice. PLEASE REMEMBER: If you left a bid for us to execute on your behalf and our selling price is exactly your maximum bid, you may or may not have won the lot depending on whether or not there was another bid that came in at that amount. If you believe that you won something (or you know that you won something--for instance, if you were a live phone bidder) but do not receive an emailed invoice by Monday evening, please feel free to shoot us an email or give us a call.

We are NOW ACCEPTING CONSIGNMENTS for our October 26th auction. If you have one or more pieces you are interested in having us sell for you, please do not hesitate to contact us today for a free pre-auction evaluation!

With Sincerest Thanks, The Zipps

July 19, 2019. 1:25pm. Just a few final notes as we gear up for Saturday's auction:

Remember that the Preview takes place today (7/19), with doors opening at 1pm. The Preview ends at 6pm and at 2pm we will be presenting the lecture, New Discoveries and Old Favorites: Fifteen Years of Specialized Ceramics Sales.

The Auction takes place on Saturday at 10am (eastern time), with doors opening at 8. If you can't attend the sale, info on How to Bid from home is available here. (To answer a question we have received a few times today, YES, our gallery is extensively air-conditioned. The gallery is located at 15900 York Rd in Sparks, MD and directions and accommodations are available here.)

As part of our 15th Anniversary Celebration, we will be giving away three very fine reproductions of American stoneware made and fired by our very own Mark Zipp: These will be given away at different points throughout the sale to bidders in attendance. You can view a photo of them here. Finally, a few notes about phone, absentee and internet bidding:

If you plan on phone bidding or leaving an absentee bid with us, we can easily receive your bids up until 6pm Friday evening.

If you are leaving absentee bids directly through our online catalog, you can continue to do that until 8:30am (eastern time) Saturday morning.

If you plan on live internet bidding during the auction (powered by, try to sign up for that prior to Saturday's auction--we do monitor pending registrations throughout the sale, but registering is not instantaneous, so it helps to sign up as soon as possible.

Thanks again and for all of the details about this auction, links on how to bid, etc., always feel free to see this page. We look forward to seeing and speaking with you.

July 12, 2019. 4:01pm. Added some videos of stoneware and redware in our July 20th auction: Click here to view them.

July 5, 2019. 2:21pm. Catalog Posted: Our July 20, 2019 Fifteenth Anniversary Auction Catalog is now online! CLICK HERE TO VIEW IT.

The auction takes place on Saturday, July 20 at 10am at our historic gallery in Sparks, MD. (Click here for directions, and here for accommodations.) An auction preview will be held on Friday, July 19, from 1-6pm; you can also preview lots beginning at 8am on Saturday.

Remember that there are several different ways to bid if you are unable to attend the auction: Click here for complete bidding info.

If you ever need to contact us, you can do so here, or give us a call at 410-472-2016.

This auction will be a special one, not just because of our anniversary, but because it arguably represents our highest-quality offering thus far. Many new discoveries and masterworks highlight this sale, but it is also marked by an extreme depth of quality throughout. A few objects of note include: A Twenty-Gallon Cobalt-and-Albany-Slip-Decorated Stoneware Face Cooler with Lizard-Form Handles, Signed "William Wilbur", Ironton, OH origin, circa 1870 (Lot 43). A Two-Gallon Stoneware Presentation Jug with Incised Eagle Decoration, Inscribed "Liberty / for Ever" and "L. Riggs / May the 5th 1819" (Lot 65). A Pair of Lead-and-Manganese-Glazed Redware Cat Figures, attributed to Solomon Bell, Strasburg, VA, circa 1845-1880 (Lot 102). Two Recently-Surfaced Edgefield, SC Stoneware Face Vessels, circa 1855-1870 (Lots 89 and 90). A Two-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jug, Inscribed "April 18 1831", Stamped "I", attributed to Dave at Harvey and Reuben Drake's Pottersville Pottery, Edgefield District, SC, 1831 (Lot 92). A Four-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jar, Inscribed "Dave / Aug 28. 1858 / Lm / X", Dave at Lewis Miles' Stoney Bluff Manufactory, Edgefield District, SC, 1858 (Lot 91). A Five-Gallon Civil-War-Themed Stoneware Cooler with Incised Bird-and-Flag Decoration, Stamped "F.T. WRIGHT & SON / TAUNTON MASS", circa 1861 (Lot 33). A One-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Incised Bird Decoration, attributed to Henry Remmey, Sr., Baltimore, MD, circa 1812-1829 (Lot 220). A Four-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Profuse Bird and Floral Decoration, Stamped "M. & T. MILLER / NEWPORT, PA", circa 1870 (Lot 150).

We are planning some special things to commemorate 15 years in the auction business, including a retrospective lecture to be held at 2pm on Friday, during the preview: New Discoveries and Old Favorites: Fifteen Years of Specialized Ceramics Sales. We will also be giving away a number of special examples of reproduction stoneware on Auction Day, and rounding out the weekend with festive food and historic 19th century beverages. We would love for you to join us the weekend of the auction, and look forward to seeing many of you then!

Finally, the Print Catalog for this auction is now shipping! It features over 500 lots of American stoneware & redware laid out over 170+ pages, and as always serves as a great reference source on antique American utilitarian pottery. You can order your copy today by visiting our Online Store, calling us at (410) 472-2016, or mailing a check for $37.35 (includes priority shipping) to: Crocker Farm, 15900 York Rd, Sparks, MD 21152.

Best of luck to all of our bidders and a sincere THANK YOU to our consignors for making this a truly landmark sale.

All Our Best, The Zipps

(One Final Note: Our terms have changed slightly, in that we are now required to collect Pennsylvania sales tax. This does not change how we have always collected tax at our gallery or from people who have valid retail sales tax numbers; it only affects those who have items shipped into Pennsylvania, but do not have a retail sales tax number. This is effectively the same way we handled tax back when we held our auction at the York Expo Center in York, PA. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.)

July 1, 2019. 9:43am. Forthcoming Summer Catalog:

The catalog for our July 20th Auction of American Stoneware & Redware is now available for pre-order, and will begin shipping around the end of this week; the online version will be posted around the same time. Featuring over 500 lots of antique American stoneware and redware, this is yet another excellent sale, including many museum-quality examples--laid out over 170+ pages. If you'd like to order your copy and have it shipped to you as soon as it's back from the printer, you can do so at:

(Alternatively, please feel free to mail a check for $37.35, which includes priority shipping, to: Crocker Farm, 15900 York Rd, Sparks, MD 21152, or give us a call at 410-472-2016 to order over the phone.)

Thanks very much for your interest!

June 17, 2019. 4:00pm. Added more featured photos from our upcoming July 20th auction.

June 11, 2019. 4:12pm. Added MORE FEATURED PHOTOS of stoneware in our July 20th auction.

June 6, 2019. 3:41pm. Added more featured photos from our upcoming July 20th auction.

May 31, 2019. 5:43pm. Added MORE FEATURED PHOTOS of stoneware in our July 20th auction.

May 29, 2019. 4:31pm. Added more featured photos from our upcoming July 20th auction.

May 22, 2019. 3:22pm. Added MORE PHOTOS of featured July 20th stoneware and redware auction lots.

May 14, 2019. 10:22am. Added more featured photos from our upcoming July 20th auction.

May 8, 2019. 11:02am. Added MORE PHOTOS of featured July 20th stoneware and redware auction lots.

April 30, 2019. 1:17pm. Added more featured photos from our July 20th auction

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