Shawnee Pottery is a US-based producer of pottery items whose produced items are especially popular among collectors.
Founded in 1937, the company began producing its wares in Zanesville, Ohio, US. Most had paper labels to denote their origin, along with a “USA” incised at their bottom.
The company particularly benefited from growing hostility to Germany and Japan in the late 1930s and the resulting 'Buy American' campaigns.
Shawnee thus consolidated its position in the market for pottery and dinnerware, producing up to 100,000 items a day.
Shawnee’s cookie jars
The most collectible Shawnee Pottery items on the markets are Shawnee’s cookie jars, among the firm’s more expensive and desirable pieces.
Rare cottage house cookie jars have brought figures in the realm of $1,000. Elsewhere, Puss ‘n Boots or Smiley Pig specimens often sell in the $100 range.
Collectors are advised to beware of reproductions of classic Shawnee pieces. They are normally recognisable by the smaller size, and poorer build quality compared to the originals.
Companies which helped Shawnee rise to prominence by buying its wares included:
- S. S. Kresge
- Sears Roebuck and Company
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