4. McCoy Stoneware
McCoy stoneware, of the Nelson McCoy Sanitary Stoneware Company (est. 1910) is probably most famous for its cookie jars. Even though the company closed in 1990, their decorative cookie jars are still some of the most sought-after items when it comes to vintage kitchenware, retailing for thousands of dollars at auction. They started producing said cookie jars in the 1930s, and it was the fun designs that caught people’s eyes and made them a staple in people’s homes; whimsical figurines (e.g. carousels, penguins, bears, McCoy Mammy, etc.) representing joy and prosperity were what made these classics that are still treasured today.
If you’re looking for McCoy pottery while you’re out thrifting, here are some things to keep in mind: have a list of the measurements of authentic products with you for comparison. Reproductions of famous styles will always be smaller than the originals, since the originals are used as the molds and then the clay for the reproduction shrinks when it’s fired. Also, take a look at known McCoy products before shopping. If what you’ve found at the thrift shop or estate sale doesn’t match any known products, it’s probably not authentic.