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
Collection: Shenandoah Valley Collection
Category: Ceramics - Earthenware
Purchased in 2001.