Very Rare S. BELL Stoneware Jar Inscribed "July 4, 1850 / Strasburg, VA"

July 22, 2017 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 170

Price Realized: $265.50

($225 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Freehand Cobalt Inscription, "July 4(?) 1850 (?) / Strasburg, VA", Stamped "S. BELL", Samuel Bell, Strasburg, VA origin, circa 1850, ovoid jar with tall collar and applied lug handles, featuring the brushed cobalt inscription "July 4, 1850 / Strasburg, Va" on the front, below an "S. BELL" maker's mark. Reverse with brushed floral decoration. This jar is the first example of Samuel Bell stoneware we have seen featuring a freehand cobalt inscription. Oversalting to the jar, which makes the cobalt inscription difficult to read and the floral decoration faint. A few chips to underside at edge. A long curving crack from rim on front, extending onto side of jar under handle. A shallow chip to top of rim. A small chip to interior of rim and a minor nick to exterior of rim.

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