1863 New York Butter Churn
Appraised Value: $3,000
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We contacted appraiser Stephen Fletcher for an updated appraisal of this object in today's market.
• Current Appraised Value: $3,000 (Unchanged)
Appraisal Video: (1:00)
Clocks & Watches, Decorative Arts, Folk Art, Furniture
Director of American Furniture and Decorative Arts, Partner, Executive Vice President & Chief Auctioneer
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.
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...
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