American Bisque Collectible Cookie Jars
American Bisque Collectible Cookie Jars are ceramic containers produced by the U.S manufacturer American Bisque Pottery.
History & Description
American Bisque Pottery was an American ceramic manufacturer known for its cookie jars.
Established in 1919 in Williamstown, West Virginia, the American Bisque Pottery was one of the leading pottery manufacturers in the United States and was second only to McCoy Pottery in the production of cookie jars. In 1922, the company was sold to B.E. Allen and was run by the family until it was sold in 1982.
The company was one of the most prolific producers of ceramic products and manufactured a wide range of banks, planters, pitchers and their well-made and heavy cookie jars were extremely popular.
Guide for collectors
As with many pottery companies, there have been numerous reproductions of American Bisque jars, particularly with some of the higher prized examples such as the Popeye, Casper and Flintstone series. In order to identify a genuine product, collectors should look for the distinctive wedge-shapes that appear on the base of American Bisque jars.
One of the rarest models is the Herman and Katnip jar, licensed by Harvey Cartoons. It is believed that only half-a-dozen are known to exist. On May 27th 2010 one example was sold on Hakes.com for $10,143.671.
Notable auction sales
On March 26th 2006 at B. S. Slosberg Inc. Auctioneers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:
- A Sweet Pea cookie jar realised a price of $600.
- A Olive Oil cookie jar realised a price of $600.
On March 25th 2012, a Flasher Cow Jump Over the Moon cookie jar, circa 1940s, was sold on eBay for $519.99.
On August 12th 2008 at Skinner in Massachusetts, Massachusetts, a Popeye cookie jar with corn cob pipe realised a price of $400.
On November 14th 2010 at Belhorn Auction Services LLC in Columbus, Ohio, a Yogi Bear cookie jar, dated 1961, realised a price of $160.