10: Extremely Rare Stamped "S. Bell" Decorated Lead-Gla
EXTREMELY RARE STAMPED "S. BELL" DECORATED LEAD-GLAZED EARTHENWARE SWIRLED CAKE MOLD, exterior features an all-over tin-like slip wash decorated with 13 brushed cobalt inverted tulips along with copper and cobalt drips off the rim, stamped eight times, five on interior and three on exterior. Attributed to Samuel Bell, Winchester or Strasburg, VA. Second to third quarter 19th century. 5" h, 9" dia.
Provenance: Recently discovered in a home east of Strasburg, VA.
Note: This type of decoration is seen on several John Bell pieces including the inkstand (Comstock, fig. 4.71) which is dated and incised "Winchester 1825" and a coffeepot (Comstock, fig. 4.132) which is attributed to Waynesboro, PA.
Very good condition, 3" hairline off rim, interior with high-spot wear/exfoliation, several small areas of glaze exfoliation under base