It’s hard not to smile when you look at a cookie jar. They’re so cheerful, bright and happy (and not to mention usually the precursor to some delicious cookies), that it’s easy to see why they are huge collector’s items!
Decorative cookie jars in the U.S. date back to the early 1930s. Popular manufacturers include McKee Glass Company, Louisville Pottery and McCoy Pottery. Designs ranged from beautiful floral patterns to depictions of pop culture such as Humpty Dumpty, Tinkerbell and Frankenstein. Later on, advertising jars featuring brands like Coca-Cola, Harley Davidson and Mrs. Fields became quite the rage.
Check out some of our favorite user-submitted pieces (maybe while treating yourself to a cookie?), and let us know if you collect cookie jars. If so, we’d love to see them!
from: Rebecca Green McAnnally: “This is “Smiley”. It was bought when my husband was about 2 yrs old. He is now 76 . My cookie jar is one of my favorite things!”
from: JoAnn Turnquist: “Anyone know about my cookie jar? From my grandmother. Thanks!”
from: Debbie Cudd: “My cute Puss N Boot’s cookie jar salt & pepper shaker’s and creamer!”
from: Carol Musselman: “My husband Rex is also a collector but of different thing than whatI collect. Here are 4 of his favorite cookie jars. The white clown on the left is marked McCoy USA. The others have no marks”
from: Kathy M. Boice: “My Cookie jars are another sweet memory!!! My parents received the Boy pig for their wedding in 1945. After I married, Mom gave it to me. The man I married had a precious Grandmother who had the girl pig! After her death we were asked if we wanted something to remember her by and of course we wanted the girl pig. We love things that have come from family. The little “pets” around them are some from my Aunt and others from TN antique stores.”
from: Sandra Lee: “These treasures are very unique. They are colored but I turned then into b&w, love the antique cookie jars.”
from: Kathy M. Cunningham: “THIS IS A COLBERT FILLED COLLECTABLES OLD GLASS WEAR AND A SET OF DIXIE DOGWOOD DISHES AND SOME OLD COOKIE JARS .”