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
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
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
Natural Elements Pottery
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.