Vintage McCoy Cookie Jars

mccoy cookie jars WC Fields mccoy cookie jars BeehiveIn Roseville, Ohio in 1910 Nelson McCoy and his father J. W. McCoy formed the Nelson McCoy Sanitary Stoneware Company, to manufacture and distribute functional and decorative stoneware. In May of that same year they began the construction of a production facility and purchased the necessary equipment for large scale manufacturing. The company was a success from the very start. Their initial production consisted of food storage jars, jugs, and crocks.

The 1930's brought a lot of changes at the company, including a change in name to "The Nelson McCoy Pottery Company", because it was felt that this name better suited the times. They also shed their old image of the producer of crocks and jugs and ushered in the new techniques, designs and products.

After WWII, McCoy Pottery focused mostly on both functional and decorative art pottery. In the mid forties they began to produce a line of cookie jars. Their popularity prodded McCoy to continually add new designs, styles, and colors throughout the 40's, 50's and 60's. Today these jars are predominate in the interest of the cookie jar collectors the world over.

By 1967, McCoy Pottery was experiencing numerous financial difficulties as the firm was unable to compete on the international import market. The firm was sold to The Mount Clemens Pottery Company, and then again, in 1974 to the Lancaster Colony Corporation. In 1990 the McCoy Pottery ceased operation after a number of declining years of sales and profit. Today the company is best remembered for it's many collectible cookie jar.

Identifying Vintage
McCoy Cookie Jars

McCoy marked most of their cookies, however there are some exceptions. You can usually identify
McCoy cookie jars by "McCoy" incised on the bottom of the jar. Over the years they used a variety of styles for their logo and a jar can often be dated by knowing which styles where used during each era. A word of caution concerning the McCoy mark - this is by far the number one copied mark when it comes to fakes and counterfeits. Just because a jar or seller says it is a "real McCoy" doesn't mean it is. Caution is always advised when it comes to higher priced cookie jars.

McCoy Cookie Jar Prices

As is true of all collectibles the "law of supply and demand" controls prices, and
McCoy cookie jars are no exception. Some of the more common jars, such as "Wishing Well" and "Strawberry" can readily be found for under $25, while the authentic harder to find jars like "Astronauts" or "Leprechaun" have been known to command prices in the $1000 to $1500 price range.

One of the easiest ways to get an idea of the value of a particular jar, or to find out how much yours may be worth, is to see if any others like it have sold recently on eBay. And if so at what price? Do this by going to eBay Here , and clicking on the 'advanced search' button at the top of the menu bar. This will bring you to a more detailed search screen. Enter your cookie jar description and manufacturer, such as "
McCoy Koala Bear Cookie Jar" then check the 'completed listings only' box and hit enter. This will bring up a list of all jars that fit your description sold on eBay during the last month with the prices they sold for. (PLEASE NOTE: You must be a logged in member of eBay to use this feature. If you are not a member, sign up is FREE and you can do it here.)

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It is important to note that the following cookie jars are auction listings, over which this site has no control with respect to their vintage authenticity. Collectors should take the precautions outlined in "Fakes and Counterfeits" prior to bidding on any vintage cookie jar over $100.

McCoy Vintage 1940's Ceramic Clown Cookie Jar

McCoy Vintage 1940's Ceramic Clown Cookie Jar

Price: $24.99 (0 Bids)
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Vintage~McCoy Pottery~Peach Apple Cookie Jar

Vintage~McCoy Pottery~Peach Apple Cookie Jar

Price: $14.99 (0 Bids)
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McCoy cookie jar pitcher blue willow decal 1973-1977

McCoy cookie jar pitcher blue willow decal 1973-1977

Price: $40.00 (0 Bids)
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McCoy Upside Down Bear Cookie Jar #210~White & Black Bear

McCoy Upside Down Bear Cookie Jar #210~White & Black Bear

Price: $50.00 (0 Bids)
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Mccoy cookie jar

Mccoy cookie jar

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