Shawnee Cookie Jars

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Shawnee cookie jars are considered to be some of the most popular and highly sought after cookie jars on the American market.

Brief history

The origins of the Shawnee Pottery company dates back to 1937 in Zanesville, Ohio when the company started producing a variety of different kitchen products ranging from cookie jars and milk pitchers, to ornaments and art pottery. At its peak, the company produced up to 100,000 ceramic items each day.

Shawnee cookie jars also came in a variety of different characters, such as "Smiley," "Winnie," "Mugsey," "Puss 'N Boots," "Dutch Girl Jill," and many more.

After the Shawnee Pottery company went out of business in 1961, Terrace Ceramics purchased the Shawnee character molds; however, the design as well as the quality differed from the original Shawnee products.

Types of Shawnee Cookie Jars

Shawnee "Muggsy" cookie jars

Tom Harris Auctions in Marshalltown, Iowa sold a Shawnee "Muggsy" cookie jar with flowers and gold trim for $300 in April of 2009.

Shawnee "Smiley" cookie jars

Tom Harris Auctions in Marshalltown, Iowa sold:

  • A Shawnee "Smiley" cookie jar with a gold and green handkerchief around its neck for $375 in April of 2009.
  • A Shawnee "Smiley" cookie jar with a yellow hankerchief around its neck for $200 in April of 2009.

Sloans & Kenyon in Chevy Chase, Maryland sold four Shawnee cookie jars including "Puss-n-boots," "Smiley," "Smiley with Tulips" and "Happy" along with a "Smiley" pitcher for $200 in June of 2005.

Patricia Doyle Associates in Springfield, Illinois sold a Shawnee "Smiley" cookie jar with a green handerkerchief around its neck and shamrocks over its outfit for $200 in August of 2007.

Burchard Galleries Inc in St. Petersburg, Florida sold a lot of six different Shawnee pottery pigs including a "Smiley" and "Winnie" cookie jar with matching green trim as well as a salt and pepper shaker, "Smiley" pitcher and "Smiley" creamer for $300 in June of 2007.

Jackson's Auction in Cedar Falls, Iowa sold a five-piece Shawnee "Smiley" set (circa mid-20th century) including a cookie jar and four shakers for $200 in April of 2007.

Shawnee "Winnie" cookie jars

Quinns Auction Galleries in Falls Church, Virginia sold a Shawnee "Winnie" cookie jar with flowers and shamrocks on its white hat as well as a green collar for $225 in January of 2004.

Tom Harris Auctions in Marshalltown, Iowa sold a Shawnee "Winnie" cookie jar with a blue and white collar and a white hat with a purple flower on it for $250 in April of 2009.

Shawnee "Dutch Girl Jill" cookie jars

Tom Harris Auctions in Marshalltown, Iowa sold a Shawnee "Dutch Girl Jill" cookie jar with the word "Cooky" on her shoulder for $200 in April of 2009.

Shawnee Corn Pottery sets

Jackson's Auction in Cedar Falls, Iowa sold 81 different pieces of Shawnee's Corn Pottery collection including a Shawnee cookie jar, plates, saucers, bowls, pitchers, a salt and pepper shaker, and various other dishes for $1,200 in October of 2006.

Austin Auction Gallery in Austin, Texas sold a lot of 34 Shawnee King Corn Pottery dishes including a cookie jar, butter dish, pitcher, tea cups, saucers, sugar bowls, and various other dishes for $500 in September of 2008.

Guide for collectors

Shawnee cookie jars that come with a complete set along with various other dishes are considered to be the most valuable and rare.

Authentic vintage Shawnee cookie jars usually have "USA" written on the bottom of the jar.

Restoration of a Shawnee cookie jar is not recommended.

For more information regarding Shawnee cookie jars, visit the National Ceramic Museum and Heritage Center.

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