Archives for September 2009

Help Identify this Clock Cookie Jar

Art Pottery Blog readers I need your help. We just got a large estate collection of older cookie jars.  I have been learning a lot over the last week or so regarding the various makers and years of production for Brush, McCoy, Abingdon and other cookie jar manufacturers. 

However, the clock cookie jar below has me stumped.  The photo of the bottom isn't the best but the mark on the bottom of the jar is USA 203.  I was guessing the cookie jar was McCoy but I can't find it in any of my pottery reference books. I know Abingdon made a similar clock cookie jar but the lid is different and the mark is not Abingdon.  I know there are a lot of antique cookie jar experts out there so I look forward to your assistance in helping me figure out if this is an old jar or a reproduction and who made it.



Greg Myroth –

Brush – McCoy Cookie Jars

Between 1954 and 1971, the Brush Pottery company produced over 50 novelty cookie jars.


It is important to note that in 1925, the Brush-McCoy Pottery name was changed to Brush Pottery. Many of the Brush cookie jars were designed by twin bothers Don and Ross Winton.  The twins did a lot of free-lance design for various pottery makers. Below is a listing of many of the Brush cookie jars.

1954 Cookie Jars

  • Cow W10
  • Formal Pig W7
  • Elephant Planter W8

1955 Cookie Jars

  • Circus Horse W10
  • Teddy Bear W14
  • Squirrel W15

1956 Cookie Jars

  • Davy Crockett
  • Peter Pan
  • Red Riding Hood K24
  • Little Boy Blue K25
  • Old Clock W20

1958 Cookie Jars


  • Teddy Bear W14
  • Little Girl O17
  • Granny O19

1959 Cookie Jars

  • Raggedy Ann W16
  • Humpty Dumpty W18
  • Panda W21
  • Clown W22
  • Old Shoe W23
  • Pumpkin W24

1960 Cookie Jars

  • Happy Bunny W25

1961 Cookie Jars

  • Laughing Hippo W27

1962 Cookie Jars

  • Squirrel on a Log W26
  • Treasure Chest W28
  • Humpty Dumpty K29
  • Cookie House W31
  • Cinderella Pumpkin W32

1963 Cookie Jars

  • Gas Lamp K1
  • Three Bears K2


1964 Cookie Jars

  • Donkey and Cart W33

1965 Cookie Jars

  • Pig Bank 837
  • Donkey and Cart W33

1966 Cookie Jars

  • Puppy Police W39
  • Sitting Pig W37
  • Chick in Nest W38

1968 Cookie Jars

  • Owl W40
  • Stylized Cat W41
  • Hill Billy Frog W43

1969 Cookie Jars

  • Chicken on Nest W44
  • Happy Hippo W45
  • Bear W46

1971 Cookie Jars

  • Touring Car W53
  • Dog and Basket W54
  • Boy with Ballons W56
  • Western Horse W55
  • Fish W52

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Greg Myroth –


The Top 10 Pottery Searches for August, 2009


Below are the top ten most searched pottery collections for August, 2009.  The searches reveal consistency with few changes.  Clearly, the trends for Roseville are still strong, as it dominates four of the ten spots.

Roseville Pottery- Patterns A-E – Some of the patterns in this group include the incredibly sought-after Roseville Apple Blossom, the delicate Roseville Azurean and the ambitious designs in Roseville Capri.

Roseville Pottery – Patterns F-L – This group includes the Roseville Juvenile and the Roseville Laurel.

Weller Pottery – Beautiful and deep coloring with lean lines define Weller Pottery.  A perfect example that defines the Weller Pottery themes is the Camelot Vase.

Roseville Pottery – Patterns S-Z – Look for the Roseville Savona with its rich gold coloring and the vivid reds that define the Roseville Silhouette.

Roseville Pottery – Patterns M-R – This group has the unique shaped Roseville Pottery Magnolia Brown Cider Pitcher.

Rookwood Pottery – If you've not seen the Rookwood Faience Pottery Pears on a Branch Tile, now's the time.  This exquisite tile measures 10" in height and is 6 ¾" wide. 

Van Briggle Pottery – Known for its many markings, this collection has something for everyone.

McCoy Pottery – Look for any of the McCoy Pottery Vases.  Each is beautiful in its own right.

Newcomb Pottery – The blues and greens set this collection apart.

Fulper Pottery – Elegant and refined are commonly used to describe Fulper Pottery.

Despite the foothold Roseville Pottery maintains, Grueby's arts and crafts style, and the contemporary styles of Ephraim and Door Pottery just missed the Top 10.

Donna McGill

The Top 10 Roseville Pottery Searches for August, 2009

August generally marks the end of the summer months.  It symbolizes the beginning of new school years, and for many, it's the tell-tale sign that the holidays are nearing.  For collectors, it's also a great time to start eyeing their favorite patterns in hopes of finding that one missing piece that will complete their collections. 

If you're a Roseville Pottery fan, odds are, you recognize each of the top ten searches in Roseville Pottery for August, 2009:

  1. Apple Blossom– This beautiful pattern maintains its top spot.  Always a favorite, the Apple Blossom is available in wall pockets, bookends and bowls. 
  2. Freesia– Ah, the Roseville Freesia.  Always a sought-after pattern introduced in the mid 1940s. They're distinguished by blues, browns and greens and are a lovely addition to any Roseville Pottery collection.  This is it's second month in the number two spot.
  3. Pine Cone– With over 90 examples of the Pine Cone pattern within Roseville, it's no wonder it has so many fans.  Another pattern with the deeper greens, blues and brown and maintains it's place in the top three most-searched patterns for this month.
  4. Magnolia -The Magnolia pattern is number four again in our monthly rankings.  The stunning Magnolia Blue Cookie Jar ,pictured here, is a personal favorite – both in design and color.


  5. Bushberry– The Bushberry was number five last month, too.  Noted by its textured finishes, you'll find ashtrays, wall pockets and mugs in the Roseville Bushberry pattern.
  6. Zephyr Lily  – The Zephyr Lily, so elegant in appearance, climbed three places since last month's rankings.
  7. Snowberry – Collectors love the pinks, greens and blues and as a result, the Snowberry is in big demand; which might explain why it makes our list each month.
  8. Bleeding Heart– The Roseville Bleeding Heart pattern was number 7 last month, but it's still a collector's favorite.
  9. White Rose– White Rose comes in at number nine this month after not having been on the list at all in July.  Don't let the name fool you, though.  This Roseville pattern offers beautiful shades of blues, browns and pinks that surround the white roses.  Look for vases, bowls and jardinieres.
  10. Clematis– The Clematis is such a distinctive Roseville pattern, with rich greens and blues.  It rounds out the top ten this month.

As always, there are a few Roseville pottery patterns that just missed the top searched list.  This month, those include Baneda, Peony and Fuchsia

Donna McGill

Record Sale Price for Roseville Futura Vase at Auction

A rare and exceptional Roseville Futura "tank" vase in an orange and blue mottled glaze recently sold on Futura Tank an eBay auction for a record price of $11,656.99.   Bidding on the vase was very competitive with three different bidders placing bids over $10,000 for the vase. The Roseville Futura tank was described as being in excellent condition with only a small chip to the upper rim of the vase.  

The "tank" is the rarest and most-sought after form in the highly collectible Roseville futura line of 78 different art deco shapes.  Roseville Futura is a middle period pattern that was introduced in 1928.  All forms in the pattern are highly sought-after by modern and art deco collectors.  Pottery collectors have such high regard for the pattern that each of the 78 different art deco shapes have been given their own nickname. 

One of the last reported auction sales of the Roseville Futura tank was by Rago Arts in 2003. At that time an example with a chip to the base sold for $10,000 at a live auction.  

Just Art Pottery

Shop for Roseville Futura

Just Art Pottery Launches Art Pottery Photo Contest on Facebook Fan Page! announces an art pottery photo contest for customers, collectors and admirers of American and European art pottery. The contest is being held on the Just Art Pottery Facebook page until September 25, 2009.

In order to participate in the art pottery photo contest you need to become a fan of the Just Art Pottery Facebook Fan Page.   If you don't already have a Facebook account you can easily sign up at

After becoming a fan you can post your photo showing your favorite piece of art pottery or your entire collection on display. Submitting your photo for the contest is easy.  From the wall post field on the Facebook fan page simply click on “Photo”, then “Upload a Photo” find your photo on your computer and then “Share”.

Facebook shot

The photo will automatically appear in the fan photos file.Just Art Pottery encourages collectors to share their photo in a “show and tell” manner by commenting on their photo and describing or telling a story about their art pottery piece.

The next step is simply to vote for your favorite art pottery photo. Fans will be able to vote for their favorites photos by clicking on the “Like” link under each photo. So even if you don't submit a photo for the contest you can still participate by voting for your favorite.

The photo that receives the most “Likes” will win a gift certificate worth $50 toward their next purchase from By submitting your photograph you agree that you hold the copyright and that it meets the Facebook guidelines described in their terms of service. ( You also grant and all associated websites;exclusive rights to publication of the photograph submitted with this entry without payment or compensation to you or to any of the subjects of the submitted photograph.

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Seattle's 12th Annual Bungalow Fair 2009

The 12th annual bungalow fair

The 12th Annual Bungalow Fair will be held September 26-27, 2009 in Town Hall Seattle. Points of interest include: Arts & Crafts Lectures, Show & Sale of Antiques, Contemporary Furniture and Decorative arts.

The Arts and Crafts Fair is the Pacific Northwest's largest of its kind drawing in over 50 exhibitors and visitors from all over the country.  Enjoy exhibits that included everything relating to Arts & Crafts including:

Architects, metal, pottery, antiques, interior design, tile, textiles, glass, furniture and lighting.

Lectures include:

Thirty years as an Arts & Crafts collector: My Most Frequently Asked Questions.  By: Bruce Johnson

The Glasgow Style: Artists in Decorative Arts, Circa 1900.  By: Laura Euler

Houses and Spouses: The Dark Side of Preservation.  By Author: Dan Copper

For directions and ticket information visit the Historical Seattle website at

Amber Coffman –