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    1863 New York Butter Churn

    Appraised Value:


    Appraised on: June 25, 2005

    Appraised in: Tampa, Florida

    Appraised by: Stephen Fletcher

    Category: Folk Art

    Episode Info: Tasty Treasures (#1520)
    Tampa, Hour 1 (#1001)

    Originally Aired: January 9, 2006

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    Form: Container
    Material: Stoneware
    Period / Style: 19th Century
    Value Range: $3,000

    Update 11.14.2011:

    We contacted appraiser Stephen Fletcher for an updated appraisal of this object in today's market.

    • Current Appraised Value: $3,000 (Unchanged)

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    Appraisal Video: (1:00)


    Appraised By:

    Stephen Fletcher
    Clocks & Watches, Decorative Arts, Folk Art, Furniture
    Director of American Furniture and Decorative Arts, Partner, Executive Vice President & Chief Auctioneer
    Skinner, Inc.

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: It's been in our family forever, from my grandmother to my mother to us.

    APPRAISER: Where did they live?

    GUEST: Upstate New York.

    APPRAISER: Well, I think that's indeed where this originated, Havana, New York. Butter churns are butter churns, and for years it was a form that stoneware collectors weren't necessarily that interested in, except when you see a piece of stoneware that's decorated so extravagantly as this. It makes a real difference. You know, this cobalt, free-form decoration I think is especially good. The pottery is identified here. It's identified as having the capacity of holding six gallons, so this is an impressive piece of stoneware. I think it has its original sort of Albany slip top, and even the plunger, it's all there. It's wonderful. We're thinking probably in excess of $3,000.

    GUEST: Wow.

    APPRAISER: A stoneware collector would really reach for this piece. It's bold and vivid and big and flashy. You know, they like to show off, so...

    GUEST: Sure.

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