1817 - 1882

Water Cooler

Date: ca. 1850 - 1870

This water cooler actually has three parts, and they include a base, body, and lid.  The body of the cooler has classically styled lion’s-head handles.  The cooler also appears to have a molded image portraying the Bible’s Old Testament story of Daniel in the lion’s den. A depiction of this story is seen on other Bell pieces, as well. The handles and molded relief feature a decoration called punch work.  The maker’s mark is impressed on both the lid and the body of the water cooler.

Medium: Earthenware, with lead and copper glaze over a slip wash

Inscriptions: Stamped “SOLOMON BELL / STRASBURG”

Dimensions: H: 16 x W: 13 1/4 x D: 10 1/2 in.

Place: Strasburg, Virginia

Accession: 2001.0017a-c

Collection: Shenandoah Valley Collection

Category: Ceramics - Earthenware

Tags: Water , Cooler

Purchased in 2001.