Collecting Cookie and Biscuit jars


McCoy-chef cookie jar

Vintage McCoy Cookie Jar


Raiding the cookie jar


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.

Monroe cookie jar porcelain

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 cookie jar with flower decorative motif

Roseville Art Pottery Jar


Indian-cookie-jar by McCoy

McCoy Indian cookie jar




Playful kittens cookie jar

Kittens with ball of yarn cookie jar



Ceramic cookie jar yellow bird sitting on white cat

White cat with yellow bird Cookie Jar




honey-beehive Cookie Jar

Bees and beehive cookie jar



Dice-cookie jar with pink panther lid

Cookie Jar Memorabilia – Pink Panther



Tuscan-Style-Pottery-biscuit jar

Aqua Blue Tuscan Styled Jar



 Antique Limoges Porcelain Iris motif Biscuit Jar

 Antique Limoges Porcelain Iris Biscuit Jar –  FRANCE 1883-1919

( Megan’s antiques – Etsy )



Moorcroft ceramic biscuit jar with brass metal lid and handle

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 by Davis Vachon

Ceramic Red Orange Bird Jar – raku fired

( Davis Vachon )



Chinese cloisonné ginger jar with floral decoration

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



Vintage McCoy Pottery,hat wearing W.C.Fields cookie Jar

Vintage McCoy Pottery,W.C.Fields Jar.

Antique handpainted porcelain biscuit jar with hand painted botanical decoration

Antique handpainted porcelain biscuit jar

( TwinSpruceAntiques )

Soul-Tones-jar for cookies - Three soul brothers singing

Soul Tones by Clay Art (California)



Sarah-Walton-Ceramic lidded cookie jar/cannister

Sarah Walton Ceramic Jar



Chinese Cobalt Decorated Ceramic jar with flat lid

Chinese Cobalt Decorated Ceramic jar



Perched parrot cookie jar - red, gold, black and green

Parrot in Tropical Jungle Jar



Vintage Cookie Jar Daisy Brinns 1965 relief daisy decoration

Vintage Cookie Jar Daisy Brinns 1965



Green Ceramic Smiling Hippo cookie jar - California USA Pottery.

Ceramic Hippo cookie jar –  California USA Pottery.



howdy doody cookie jar - smiling red head boys face

Howdy Doody cookie jar

( Purinton  )

1930 Betty Boop cookie jar

1930 Art Deco Betty Boop cookie jar

( Vandor )



Glenn Appleman Ceramic Black Corvette Cookie Jar

Glenn Appleman Black Corvette Cookie Jar




Tessa-Morgan black sunflower on mustard yellow background cookie jar with green lid

Tessa Morgan Sunflowers Cookie Jar



Natural Elements Pottery cookie jar green and brown glaze

Covered Jar

Natural Elements Pottery

Lidded cookie jar by Jim Fineman

Jim Fineman

Chinese good luck ginger jar with dragon motif

Chinese Enamel Jar

Victorian Teal Green porcelain jar

Victorian Teal Green porcelain jar



" Helen's Tat - L - Tale " - mid 1930's, designed and made by Helen Hutula

” 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 )



Ceramic Antique English Majolica Biscuit jar with brass lid

Antique English Majolica Biscuit jar 1800’s

( Rubylane)



Vintage Mushroom Cookie Jar



Loetz biscuit barrel with secessionist copper overlay, lid & handle

Country of Manufacture Austria c.1902



McCoy Cookie Jar – Red Aunt Jemima




phoenix-cookie-jar in yellow and red

Ceramic Phoenix cookie jar



Vintage McCoy Sleeping Bear with Honey Pot

Vintage McCoy Sleeping Bear with Honey Pot cookie jar



lion-cookie-jar-Swedish style

King of the Jungle Lion Cookie Jar

( OhDeeDoh )


Royal Doulton Burslem biscuit jar

Vintage Royal Doulton Burslem biscuit jar

Cobalt-lid Hand-Painted-Biscuit-jar with floral decoration

Vintage Cobalt Hand Painted Biscuit jar



McCoy Cow Jumped Over Moon yellow Cookie Jar

McCoy ‘Cow Jumped Over Moon’ Cookie Jar

This is a reproduction of a classic cookie jar.


Andy-Warhol-cookie jar collection

Andy Warhol cookie jar collection.





Alien incubate your cookies jar





Bass  Jazzman cookie jar





Catwoman Cookie Jar





Clarice Cliff Secrets  – bomb shape biscuit barrel




doctor-who-tardis-ceramic cookie jar

Dr. Who Tardis cookie jar





Donald Duck cookie jar




Scarlett & Rhett Ceramic Cookie Jar





Elvis in Turquoise Cadillac cookie jar




Antique Stove Cookie Jar – McCoy




Josephine Baker cookie jar





Red Poppy Biscuit Jar – Royal Bayreuth




TRGT Vintage Carmen Miranda cookie jar with fruit hat

Vintage Carmen Miranda cookie jar





Popeye Cookie Jar




adrina-richards-cookie jar/cannister

Two handles Lidded vessel  – Adrina Richards




warner Bros foghorn Leghorn cookie jar

Foghorn Leghorn Cookie Jar








  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?

  8. Stephanie Landy
    Posted May 13, 2017 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    I have a vintage 1930’s cookie jar of a disheveled man in a top hat holding a newspaper, any idea what the newspaper said? its rubbed off

  9. Melody Hoban
    Posted August 19, 2018 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    I have a McCoy cookie jar with hand painted scenery of a raccoon in the woods … I can’t find a match for this anywhere .. I would like to know the history behind it .. Any information would be greatly appreciated..

  10. Jim
    Posted March 27, 2024 at 3:59 am | Permalink

    Looking for a head for my cookie Jar . Is there a way to send a picture of the cookie jar base ,to give you an idea of what I am looking for ?

  11. Trunette Cornell
    Posted April 21, 2024 at 1:38 am | Permalink

    I have inherited some very old cookie jars. I am interested in selling them. Any ideas the value or how to stage & sell?
    I have the kittens and yarn one that is on this page and the behive one. Plus many more.

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