Vintage Mccoy Cookie Jars



2015-06-26 10:33:47

Vintage Mccoy Cookie Jars are highly collectible cookie jars produced by the McCoy Pottery Company.

History & Description

The McCoy Pottery Company was an American ceramic manufacturer known for its cookie jars.

The company’s origins began in 1910 with the formation of the Nelson McCoy Sanitary & Stoneware Co. The company produced utilitarian stoneware products until about 1918 when it joined eleven other stoneware potteries to form the American Clay Products Company. The firm flourished until 1926 when it went bankrupt.

Following four years of uncertainty and acknowledging the decreased demand for food and sanitary products, the company changed its name to the Nelson McCoy Pottery Company and began producing both decorative and functional art pottery.

From the late-1930s through to the 1960s the company produced a range of products; however it was best known for its line of cookie jars which, in recent years, have become extremely collectible.

Guide for collectors

The company produced cookie jars from the mid-1930s until 1987 although records indicate that the most popular models were manufactured during the 1950s and 1960s. Collectors should look out for the rare Train Engine with smoke. Unlike the typical Train Engine model, it is believed that only six were ever produced with smoke.

In addition, the Freddy Gleep jar – although slightly more common than other models – is very desirable to collectors and consistently sells for hundreds of dollars.

Notable auction sales

On November 14th 2010 at Belhorn Auction Services LLC in Columbus, Ohio:

  • A rare Train Engine with smoke cookie jar, circa 1962-1964, realised a price of $6,100.
  • A rare Red Squirrel cookie jar, circa 1950-1970, realised a price of $4,000.
  • A rare Leprechaun cookie jar in mint condition, circa 1950-1970, realised a price of $1,500.

On May 15th 2012, a rare Freddy Gleep cookie jar, circa 1974, was sold on eBay for $911.

On April 20th 2012, an Astronaut on Globe cookie jar, circa 1963, was sold on eBay for $650.

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