Sold $40,000 Very Fine and Rare, Probably One of a Kind, F.H. Cowden, Harrisburg, PA Stoneware Sgrafitto and Blue Slip Decorated Dome Top Pepperpot Dated 1861. Having cornucopia, floral, foliate, berry and scroll incised decoration washed in blue slip and salt glazed. Incised in base "F.H. Cowden, Hr. (Harrisburg), Oct. 1861". Frederick H. Cowden was the son of John Wallace Cowden, founder of the Cowden Potteries in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1861.
Sold $ 275 F.H. Cowden & Son, Harrisburg, PA Printed Receipt Dated 4/2/1900. Items purchased by Masser & Geist, Hegins, PA. Signed "Received Payment, F.H. Cowden & Son, Thanks". Receipt also shows images of their product line and business terms. In a modern frame 13 1/4" x 10 1/2" overall. Condition: Very good.
Sold $ 850 F.H. Cowden, Harrisburg, (PA) Stencil Decorated 2 Gallon Stoneware Water Cooler. Circa. 1881-1888. Cobalt blue geometric and scroll stencilled design. Molded rim, straight sided and applied ear handles. Accompanied with a period wood and pewter tap. 10 1/4" high. Condition: Good with spider lines
Sold $ 350 Cowden & Wilcox (Harrisburg, PA) Large Stoneware Spittoon. Circa. 1860-1887. Cobalt blue brushed slip design. Concave top and body, ear handles and molded base rim. 4 3/4"h x 10 1/2" diam. Condition: Good with a hairline and crude chip repair under base.
Sold $ 600 Cowden & Wilcox, Harrisburg, PA Floral Decorated 1 1/2 Gallon Stoneware Pitcher. Circa. 1852-1855. Cobalt blue slip single flower and leaf design. Molded rim, pinched spout and bulbous body. 10 1/2" high. Condition: Good with a couple of spout chips and 3" hairline crack.
Sold For $ 200 Two Salt-Glazed Stoneware Bottles, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX," Harrisburg, PA origin, circa 1865, both of cylindrical form with tapered necks and blob tops, including "COWDEN & WILCOX" on shoulder. Both in excellent condition.
Sold For $ 450 One-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA," circa 1865, ovoid-bodied pitcher with pronounced foot, tooled midsection, and tall flaring collar, decorated with a brushed tulip motif. Professional restoration to tip of spout, rim chips, and a 2 1/4" hairline from rim on reverse. Two minor chips to rim and a minor chip to shoulder molding on side of pitcher. Several small base chips.
CROCKER FARM (Auction House)On the topic of Cowden & Wilcox, here's a copy of a price list of theirs from 1867. If you look closely, you can see that this customer received 25% off their order! I've said it before, but if these people could see what their work sells for today, their heads would explode.
Price Realized: $ 201.25 Half-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Pitcher, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX," Harrisburg, PA origin, circa 1875, ovoid pitcher with tall flaring collar and tooled rim, decorated with a hanging floral motif featuring a conical blossom. Top-to-bottom crack on front. Small rim chip and small spout chip. Staining to surface.
Price Realized: $ 747.50 One-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG. PA," circa 1865, ovoid pitcher with tooled midsection and rim, decorated with a brushed cobalt tulip across the front and a flower blossom below the spout. Near mint condition with a minor chip to interior of rim. H 9 7/8".
Price Realized: $ 1,207.50 Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Pitcher, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX," Harrisburg, PA origin, circa 1865, ovoid-waisted pitcher with tall, slightly-flared collar, decorated with a brushed cobalt tulip extending from a leafy stem. Excellent, as-made condition with an in-the-firing separation on underside of upper handle terminal, and a small stone ping to rim. H 8 1/4".
Price Realized: $ 287.50 Two Pieces of Cobalt-Stenciled Stoneware, Stamped "F.H. COWDEN / HARRISBURG, PA," circa 1880, a one-gallon butter crock with stylized stenciled foliate design, paired with a batter pail with swag-decorated
Price Realized: $ 2,530.00 Very Rare Half-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Stenciled Cobalt Decoration, Stamped "F.H. COWDEN / HARRISBURG, PA," circa 1880, finely-potted pitcher with ovoid body and tall flaring collar, the front decorated with a large stenciled geometric design below the F.H. Cowden maker's mark. Rare form and size. Provenance: From a thirty-five-year North Carolina collection. Small chip on left side of rim. 3" crack to right side of rim. S
$ 7130 Extremely Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Cobalt Grapes Decoration, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA," circa 1865, large-sized, ovoid-bodied pitcher with tooled midsection and rim, the front decorated with a vibrant cobalt grape cluster surrounded by two curled vines, a leaf, and a dotted trail. Swag-like cobalt brushwork below spout. The rare size and form, coupled with its unusual grapes decoration, make this pitcher one of the finer examples of Cowden & Wilcox…