Collecting Cookie and Biscuit jars


McCoy, American Bisque, Brush, Abingdon, Regal China, Roseville and Shawnee — all the grand old pottery companies in the USA, made cookie  jars of some type or another and they are all highly collectible brands. Likewise in Europe, some of the famous brands like Royal Dalton, Moorcroft, Wedgewood, Royal Staffordshire and Clarice Cliff all produced cookie jars or biscuit jars, as they preferred to call them.  Cookie/ biscuit barrels or jars, have been used in England since the latter part of the 18th century. This coincided with the rise in popularity of the ritual of afternoon tea drinking. In the USA, cookie jars started to appear around 1929 and went into wider production during the ’30s, the  Brush Pottery Company in Zanesville being recognized as the first. The golden age  for American cookie jar production covers the years from 1940 until 1970, with several manufacturers rising to prominence.

Vintage McCoy Cookie Jar

Marilyn Monroe ” Teal Dress ” Limited Edition cookie jar ( from Happy Memories ) 1995


In 1988, Sotheby`s auctioned off Andy Warhol`s belongings, including 175 cookie jars. The New York auction house estimated they would fetch $7,000. After the spirited bidding had reached its final conclusion, the collection had gone for $247,830. Most of the  of the interest was generated by the Warhol name but it also put cookie jars into a different dimension of respectability in the collecting sphere. A discernible lift in the interest in cookie jar collecting followed. Over the decades Cookie Jars have represented various pop culture trends and have quite often featured outlandish designs.

Even newer cookie jars are in demand. Collectors are purchasing  jars made in the `70s, `80s and ’90s  if they are Limited Editions or in mint condition.



Roseville Art Pottery Jar

Cookie Jar Memorabilia – Pink Panther

Aqua Blue Tuscan Styled Jar

 Antique Limoges Porcelain Iris Biscuit Jar –  FRANCE 1883-1919

( Megans antiques – Etsy )

Antique Macintyre Moorcroft Cookie Jar.

Sold on Ebay for $1,455.

Glazed mixed with unglazed deep brown earthenware jar

Lidded Jar – Steve Rolf

cavanbluebunnyHenry Cavanaugh Ceramicar Photo Bab Crews

Cavanaugh Ceramicar Blue Bunny cookie jar

Photo-  Bab Crews

Ceramic Red Orange Bird Jar – raku fired

( Davis Vachon )

Chinese cloisonné ginger jar – they usually end up being used for cookies

Vintage McCoy Pottery,W.C.Fields Jar.

Antique handpainted porcelain biscuit jar

( TwinSpruceAntiques )

Soul Tones by Clay Art ( California )

Sarah Walton Ceramic Jar

Chinese Cobalt Decorated Ceramic jar

Parrot in Tropical Jungle Jar

Vintage Cookie Jar Daisy Brinns 1965

Ceramic Hippo cookie jar –  California USA Pottery.

Howdy Doody cookie jar

( Purinton  )

1930 Betty Boop cookie jar, currently on Ebay for $99

( Vandor )

Glenn Appleman Black Corvette 1984

Tessa Morgan

Covered Jar

Natural Elements Pottery

Jim Fineman

Chinese Enamel Jar

Victorian Teal Green porcelain jar

” Helen’s Tat – L – Tale ” – mid 1930’s, designed and made by Helen Hutula, Los Angeles

 Her pointed finger and judgment-filled expression makes you think twice about indulging… and  if you give in to temptation, when you lift the top off the cookie jar her automated voice box “reminds” you about the consequences of your snacking! ( Valued at around $4000 )

Antique English Majolica Biscuit jar 1800″s

( Rubylane )

Vintage Mushroom Cookie Jar

Vintage McCoy Sleeping Bear with Honey Pot cookie jar

King of the Jungle Lion Cookie Jar

( OhDeeDoh )

1950s Japanese Porcelain  Biscuit Barrel

Vintage Royal Dalton Burslem biscuit jar

Vintage Cobalt Hand Painted Biscuit jar

McCoy Cow Jumped Over Moon Cookie Jar

This is a reproduction of a classic cookie jar.

Andy Warhol cookie jar collection.







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  1. Wayne McKee
    Posted December 12, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Hello. I have 2 porcelain wall plaques that I need to have identified. Could you direct me to some websites?

  2. kip
    Posted March 27, 2014 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    I have a cookie jar I cannot id it has a name on the bottom but its hard to read looks like nam–stone ??? USA and there is two letters on the side painted on s/t.. thank you

  3. janet franklin
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    what would a vintage mushroom cookie jar bring

  4. Kathy Lash
    Posted September 12, 2014 at 6:03 am | Permalink

    I have a mc coy USA wood stove cookie jar

  5. Mike Goodman
    Posted November 10, 2014 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    in my parents apartment I found a small approximately 6″ by 5″ “cookie” Jar in light green with darker green ornate trim painted on the sides. It has a drop in silver top(?) and handle and was manufactured in England.
    On the bottom it is marked with a seal in blue – W&R – Stoke on Trent and under the seal the name – Carlton Ware and I believe what may be a firing number – 238 ?
    I believe it was given to my mother by her mother and so on. Can anyone describe what it is and does it have any value?

  6. Diana
    Posted April 11, 2015 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    I have an antique biscuit jar, and can’t find another one like it on the internet. I would like to sell it, and don’t know what it’s worth. It is a light a light blush color with silver lid and handle. The design has raised gold lines on it.
    Any help would be appreciated!
    Thank you!

  7. Erin Powell
    Posted April 27, 2015 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    I have the mushroom cookie jar along with 3 matching jars in descending size. Are these common?

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