Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

March 17, 2020. 10:57am. Just a quick update regarding our postponed March 21 auction: Our hope had been to have new plans in place by early this week, but even since our Friday announcement, the situation has developed very rapidly. In particular, the Governor of Maryland has now banned all events exceeding 50 people, along with other strong measures including the closure of sit-down restaurants. Because further government restrictions seem inevitable and the immediate future remains very uncertain, we are holding off an announcement on the rescheduling of the auction until we have some clarity. This sale will happen as soon as possible, but we felt the need to at least update everyone. Again, we wish you health and safety during this time.

March 13, 2020. 3:42pm. IMPORTANT: March 21 Auction Postponed.

Dear Friends,

The better part of our week has been spent in a long, thoughtful discussion about the best way to proceed with our current auction in light of the current pandemic. Through all of this, we have primarily kept in mind the many customers we have known for decades, bidders who have regularly attended our sales for over fifteen years, people we have come to call friends. Many are part of a demographic that is hardest hit by COVID-19. This has given us grave concern about holding an auction on March 21.

Yesterday afternoon, Governor Larry Hogan issued a ban on all events within the State of Maryland expected to exceed 250 people. Under ordinary circumstances, our more well-attended auctions can certainly fall into this category.

But beyond this, it is the predominant view of physicians, researchers and other experts on this topic that we, as Americans, can best practice good citizenship in certain concrete ways--one of them being the postponement or cancellation of large events. On a basic level, we do not feel that encouraging people to travel to our gallery and congregate in a large group is in keeping with a spirit of good citizenship, or best care for our customers. This is much more important to us than holding our auction as planned--despite the fact that we strongly wish to do so.

We have been looking forward to March 21 for a long time, and have felt blessed by the quality of consignments with which you have entrusted us for this first auction of a new decade. For all of the reasons stated above, we feel we cannot hold a live auction event on Saturday, March 21. We will be in touch in the coming days with a plan for when and how this landmark event will take place.

Stay safe and well.

All Our Best,
Anthony, Barbara, Brandt, Luke & Mark Zipp

March 6, 2020. 4:06pm. Catalog Posted: Our March 21st Auction of American Stoneware & Redware Catalog is now online! CLICK HERE TO VIEW IT.

The auction takes place on Saturday, March 21 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, March 20, 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.

Highlights from this remarkable sale include the Broadway Water Cooler, one of the finest examples of American stoneware ever sold; an exceptional jar and jug by the enslaved African-American potter, Dave; a very fine Edgefield face jug; an unheard-of John Swann (Alexandria, VA) stoneware jar with incised ship; an important Alamance County, NC redware pitcher; a great Norton deer crock; a newly-surfaced exceptional Anna Pottery 'Shoo Fly' jug; an outstanding Beaver, PA pedestal cooler; an excellent Thomas Chandler, Edgefield District, SC jar; an Ontario redware face jug; an exuberantly-decorated White & Wood (Utica, NY) stoneware churn; and many more museum-quality highlights.

We would like to thank our consignors for making this a truly remarkable sale.

Finally, the Print Catalog for this auction will being shipping early next week. It features well over 350 lots of American stoneware & redware laid out over 130+ 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.

Our Best, The Zipps

March 3, 2020. 12:32pm. Forthcoming Catalog and More Featured Lots:

The catalog for our exciting upcoming March 21 Auction of American Stoneware & Redware is at the printer and should begin shipping around the end of this week; the online version is also coming soon. You can order your copy today by visiting our Online Store.

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

This, our first auction of the new decade, is a remarkable sale, featuring not only one of the finest examples of American stoneware ever sold, but a large number of many other important museum-quality pieces.

Finally, we have added a large number of selected, featured photos from this auction as we approach the release of the full catalog; feel free to click here to view them.

Thanks so much for your interest in our auctions! The Zipps

February 19, 2020. 4:58pm. Added more March 21st featured photos to the website this afternoon.

February 12, 2020. 4:56pm. Added more March 21st featured photos to the website this afternoon.

February 4, 2020. 3:01pm. We added more featured photos from our upcoming March 21 auction today.

January 23, 2020. 5:17pm. Added more March 21st featured photos to the website this afternoon.

January 10, 2020. 3:19pm. We began adding FEATURED PHOTOS this afternoon from our upcoming March 21 auction of American stoneware & redware pottery. (Click here to view them.) We are NOW ACCEPTING CONSIGNMENTS for what will be another great sale. Please feel free to contact us today to discuss including your pieces; our rates remain as low as they have been for the last several years and the market is as strong as ever, so if you've been considering selling one or more items from your collection, now's a great time. We will be adding more photos, as usual, on a regular basis now, so feel free to check back and see what we have to offer in our first auction of 2020. All Our Best, The Zipps

January 2, 2020. 1:49pm. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

December 20, 2019. 9:32am.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a blessed 2020! All our Best, The Zipps

(Please note: We will be closed for the holidays until January 2nd.)

December 13, 2019. 11:11am. Spring Auction Date: The date for our upcoming Spring 2020 auction (our first of the year) has just been finalized, and it's March 21, 2020. We are now accepting consignments for this sale and will begin posting photos to the website in the new year. Thanks to everyone for your much-appreciated support in 2019 and we hope you are enjoying a wonderful holiday season! All Our Best, The Zipps

October 27, 2019. 1:40pm. Prices from yesterday's auction have been posted to the website; click here to view them

Thank you to our bidders and consignors for making this yet another successful sale. If you were an absentee, phone, or internet bidder 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.

Thanks very much!! The Zipps

October 25, 2019. 1:05pm. A few quick notes about bidding in tomorrow's auction: If you are not attending the auction and plan on bidding, please remember to set up phone or absentee bidding as soon as possible. We can continue to easily take your bids until this evening; after that time, it can be difficult to do so. If you are leaving absentee bids via our online catalog, you can continue to do so until 8:30am tomorrow. Finally, if you plan on live internet bidding tomorrow, please try to sign up as soon as possible; we do monitor your registrations throughout the sale, but it is always best to allow time to resolve an issues you might have etc.

For info on all of our remote bidding methods, how they work, etc., click here.

The auction starts at 10am on Saturday (with doors opening at 8) and all are welcome to attend. The preview is happening as we speak, from 1-6pm. As usual, free food and beverages are provided at the preview and the auction. Directions to our gallery are available at and nearby quality hotels are listed at

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to Contact Us. Thanks very much and we look forward to another exciting auction!

October 18, 2019. 2:57pm. Added some videos of stoneware in the upcoming sale, with more to come early next week! Click here to view them.

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