John Bell covered butter crock, circa 1850, sells for $1,700

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This John Bell covered butter crock sold for $1,700 at the Horst Auction Center of Ephrata, Pa., Jan 22, 2011.

The circa 1850 antique stoneware crock is signed “John Bell / Waynesboro” and measures 8 inches in diameter by 5 inches high. Its lid measures 9-1/4 inches in diameter by 1-3/4 inches  high. The piece is salt-glazed with brushed cobalt flowers and ribbed ear handles with cobalt terminals, and the lid is brushed with cobalt flowers.

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The condition report states it suffered numerous rim flakes during the last 161 years.

Photo courtesy LiveAuctioneers

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