Probably made by the Buchan factory in Portobello, its large and detailed pictorial of a cow makes it one of the finest and rarest pieces in the collecting field. A related Lothians Dairy Buchan cream pot with a similar transfer is also a valuable piece.
It was not in perfect condition (the Montrose crock had two small and one larger chips), but it raced away from the £100-200 estimate to sell at £2400.
By way of comparison, a similar piece in slightly better condition had sold for £2500 at Yorkshire bottle and advertising specialist BBR in February.
The best examples of Victorian kitchenalia can command punchy sums.
It had some damage to the foot, but an earthenware panel New Milk pan with metal cover, 13in (33cm), sold for £950 at Burstow & Hewett (20% buyer’s premium) in Battle on September 30. The estimate was £20-40.