Brush Mccoy Pottery
Brush Mccoy Pottery is ceramic ware produced by the 20th century U.S manufacturer the Brush McCoy Pottery Company.
History & Description
The Brush McCoy Pottery Company was an American-based ceramic manufacturer.
The firm was established by George Brush in 1906 in Zanesville, Ohio. From the very beginning, it was closely associated with the better-known pottery firm ran by the McCoy family and, following a fire which destroyed the Brush factory, George went to work for the J.W. McCoy Pottery Company.
Although the two companies merged in 1911 to form the Brush-McCoy Pottery Co., in 1918 Nelson McCoy sold his family’s share of the company. The company did not change its name until 1925 when it became simply known as Brush Pottery.
The company ceased operations in the middle of 1982.
Guide for collectors
Since the Brush and McCoy potteries are so closely connected, the two companies’ products inevitably share similar traits and characteristics, which can make identification difficult. Some are marked “Brush” on the underside of the product, but the majority were left unmarked or identified with a paper label that has since worn off or been removed. As a result, collectors should always try to obtain as much information as possible from the seller to determine if you are purchasing a Brush or McCoy product.
In addition, collectors should not confuse Brush McCoy pottery with “brushed ware”, which was a brand of pottery manufactured by Red Wing Pottery.
Although the company was known for much of its existence as Brush Pottery, collectors recognise the name Brush McCoy to encompass all of the company’s products.
Notable auction sales
On May 6th 2007 at Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, California, three art pottery vases realised a price of $375.
On June 23rd 2007 at Skinner in Massachusetts, a Majolica glazed jardinière on pedestal, circa 1911, realised a price of $275.
On June 8th 2008 at Clars Auction Gallery, a pottery jardinière on stand, circa 1916, realised a price of $250.
On May 4th 2008 at Clars Auction Gallery, two 21” high pottery jardinières on pedestals realised a price of $200.
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