Crocker Farm

Crocker Farm
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Crocker Farm, Inc. is a family business, owned and operated by Anthony and Barbara Zipp and their three sons, Brandt, Luke, and Mark. Anthony and Barbara began collecting and studying American stoneware in 1977, and began selling it in 1983. They have handled thousands and thousands of pieces of antique American stoneware and redware since that time. Brandt, Luke, and Mark Zipp all have B.A. degrees from Johns Hopkins University, where they each graduated with multiple honors and were inducted into the nation's premiere scholastic honors society, Phi Beta Kappa. All three brothers grew up handling numerous pieces of American stoneware and redware from a very young age, and in this way their knowledge in the field has been said to be unmatched. We have spent hundreds of hours conducting original research on American stoneware and redware potters in original, period sources, such as census records, city directories and newspapers. New information brought to light through our research includes ground-breaking revelations on Baltimore, MD stoneware and redware; the long-sought origin of "H. Myers" stoneware; important findings on the history of the prolific Remmey family of American potters (of New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore); significant contributions to the study of Alexandria, VA and Washington, DC stoneware; new findings in the areas of Shenandoah Valley pottery, Midwestern stoneware, New York City stoneware, and many more. Exhaustive research conducted by us on James Miller, potter of Alexandria, Virginia, took the surviving examples of his work out of obscurity, increasing the value of these vessels by thousands and thousands of dollars. In March 2010, Brandt revealed that Thomas Commeraw, the famous Manhattan potter of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, was actually a free African American, and his book on Commeraw's remarkable life will be completed soon. These are just a few of the important contributions we have made to the field of American utilitarian ceramics.
 

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John
Bend, OR

Nov 17, 2019
Auction House You Can Trust
I was most impressed with the no-hassle, fast service. My item was delivered promptly and was packaged well with two boxes for protection. Would gladly buy through Crocker Farm again.
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Daniel
Cody, WY

Nov 16, 2019
It’s A Family Affair
The Zipp family are a pleasure to work with, they are knowledgable, professional, and run a great auction.
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Stephane
Gatineau, CA

Nov 15, 2019
A +
Very good auction house Will do Business again for sure Highly recommend
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Hannah
Alexandria, OH

Aug 19, 2019
Top shelf!
If I'd been dining out it would have been a 30 % tip! If I were thinking of consigning stoneware or pottery, this would be my top choice. How you treat people not only speaks volumes about who you are, it also speaks volumes about the future of your business. Many thanks Crocker Farm-Hannah
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DAVID
Allentown, NJ

Aug 12, 2019
Best stoneware auction house
Great variety of American pottery
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Don
Elkton, VA

Aug 11, 2019
knowledge of material and professional and scholarly in its delivery
descriptions are factual and the lots photos are always clear. they should be the poster child of what all auctioneers should try to achieve
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Gary
Lebanon, NJ

Aug 09, 2019
Expertise, Quality, Efficiency, Fairness
A great place to buy or sell outstanding stoneware or redware. Combining expertise, organization, and efficiency with quality, fairness, and an enthusiastic following, and great or record prices are the results. You just can’t beat these auctions for excitement and enthusiasm in this field! God bless the Zipps and keep those great auctions coming. Gary and Deborah
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Jeffrey
Sheffield, MA

Aug 09, 2019
The Top!
This auction house is distinctive for several reasons. Foremost, they are scholars in the field and have extraordinarily broad knowledge. Second, they are honest and forthright. It's a family owned business, father, mother and three sons, all of whom are a pleasure to deal with. I buy from them in complete confidence.
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