Chiquita's McCoy Pottery
Are you nterested in authentic McCoy Pottery? Familiarize yourself with the fake and real McCoy Pottery marks. The J.W. McCoy Pottery Company was founded in , in Roseville, Ohio, by J.W. McCoy. They produced stoneware and some art pottery lines. The plant was . Nelson McCoy Sanitary Stoneware Company's earlier marks included the is not always the case, therefore, this is not an accurate way to date some pieces.
In Aprila fire destroyed the pottery, and in addition, the entire stock of pottery ready to be shipped was lost.
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Reconstruction began immediately, and after about seven months or so limited pottery production was achieved. But, construction continued until Februarywhich was a total of ten months before the new pottery was completed.
A company catalog, datedwas issued, and it is the oldest known J. This is also strange, however, the line is known to be characterized by a dark brown glaze, with an underlying orange color exposed in diagonal streaks.
Some typical marks found on these two lines are shown below. It is not certain that was the first year that any of these lines were produced. It is possible that one or more of them could have been initially produced before the fire. In the catalog there are 66 pictures of different designs presented.
In addition, some pieces of this line have diagonal orange streaks on the reverse side. How the issue date was determined is unknown, since the next known J.
McCoy catalog is dated Although the date that these four lines were first produced may be questioned due to the lack company records, it does seem likely that the issue date falls between and before The four lines have been found marked as shown below.
The products the J. McCoy pottery produced after this, and untilare largely unknown.eBay Auction for Brush McCoy Pottery Peanut
But, the catalog pictured many different lines, and a vast assortment of pieces. In a section of the book the J.
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McCoy pottery is described, along with the products it was currently producing. As can be seen, the pottery was still engaged in the production of numerous utilitarian stoneware inbut also that the Mat Green and the Loy-Nel-Art lines were in existence at that time.
Since the two art pottery lines were named and mentioned first, it appears likely that was the year the two lines were introduced.
InAlbert Cusick, who was the chief designer at the time, produced his first design — the Corn Line. His incised name can be found on pitcher and mug handles, or on the bottom of other pieces. His signature may also be found on some of the finest, earliest art pottery lines. This provides another means to identify J.
McCoy, and later Brush—McCoy as the maker of the pottery. McCoy Pottery Company as it appeared in is shown to the left. Very many of the pieces produced by the Brush-McCoy pottery, as in the case of the J.
McCoy pottery, had no identifying marks at all. Relatively early though, the procedure of marking their wares with a style number was adopted.
These solitary numbers were incised into the into the body of the ware. Two examples are below. It appears that the management at the pottery now favored a more consistent marking of their wares with style numbers, rather than the previous policy of using line names on some pieces.
It is strange that the new policy did not include the use of the pottery name. There are only two cases in published references where the Brush-McCoy pottery used a line name. The first was inwhen an ink stamp was used to inform that the piece was Navarre. The second was in the Vogue Line, which was also an ink stamp. The Vogue mark was unique in that it also showed the maker — the Brush-McCoy pottery. This is the only published case where Brush-McCoy included its name in a permanent mark.
McCoy assumed after was basically that of a stockholder. For the last couple of years or so, a major part of J. Also during this time, J. After his death, J.
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However, four years later, inthe McCoy family sold their interest in the pottery. Although George Brush owned the majority interest in the pottery since the end ofthe use of the McCoy name was not discontinued from the pottery name until December At that time the pottery became known as the Brush Pottery Company.
During the period from then untilthe policy of the pottery was not to mark their wares. This was a common practice during this time, although some few potteries did mark their wares. This company was formed to be a cooperative organization among eleven stoneware potteries to share incoming orders and the profits earned.
Each member pottery sold exclusively through the ACPC, and it was the policy of the company not to mark their products. The Federal Government forced the company to disband in January with the claim that it restricted completion. The four marks below are the earliest known marks. The first three marks are incised cut into the bottom of the clay bodyand the last mark was a stamp that used blue ink, with the mark located on the side of the piece. The numbers inside the last three marks denote the size of the piece.
This change de-emphasized stoneware production and the pottery positioned itself to accommodate the new market requirements. InSidney Cope was hired, and in a couple of years, he became the chief designer.
The production of decorative pottery was now fast becoming the principal product. In an addition effort to gain name recognition, a new type mark came into being around this time. Shown below are four examples of this mark, and they were all incised. Since these marks, and in fact all of the McCoy marks, are hand drawn, there are many slight variations among them all. These slight variations have little practical value to the collector.
After all, there was no competing McCoy pottery in existence to confuse buyers. The change however, to the new type mark, was not abrupt. Buy a good reference book and study it. Visit flea markets and antique malls and get a "feel" for the pottery. You'll soon learn about the proper weight, color and texture of McCoy. Don't be afraid to ask questions of dealers and other collectors. We all should be willing to share the knowledge we have.
Please be cautious of buying from sellers on eBay that use private auctions and have hidden feedback. Several are known to sell fakes that are marked "McCoy". Some of the images below are linked to larger photos, however, some of them are the largest images I could find and are not clickable. Typical example of a McCoy reproduction.
The orange train on the left is considerably smaller and lightweight compared to the Real McCoy on the right. Among the numerous McCoy items that have been reproduced by unscrupulous potters is the Hyacinth Vase that McCoy made in the 's.
The Genuine McCoy Hyacinth vase is on the right with the fake on the left. Most noticeable is the lack of detail in the fake and the 'shallowness' of the colors and glaze.
Here's just one more thing to watch out for. Thanks to cousin Mike for the vase!