By Dewayne Imsand
The Brush-McCoy Pottery Co. was in existence for only 14 years. It was the successor to the J.W. McCoy Pottery, and was formed on December 13, 1911. On December 9, 1925, it became the Brush Pottery Co.
Presented here are the line names, and a description of the initial pieces in those lines that the pottery produced during its lifetime. The dates given are in chronological order, and indicate the initial year the line was produced. The dates are based on the available pottery catalogs. Catalogs were not available for all years, therefore, some dates are approximated, and these dates are based on the best available information.
Also included here is a picture of a piece as an example of each line. The pictures are computer enhanced pictures taken from the catalogs. The examples given serve as an aid in identifying the name of the line, and the glaze colors that a particular piece of pottery is associated.
The pieces described are only the pieces which are associated with the various lines of pottery. The production of some lines continued for many years, while other lines lasted only for a short time, some less than a year. In some cases, after the initial year of production, additional pieces may have been added to various lines. Therefore, the date given may not be the date of issue of all pieces in the line.
There are 66 different lines presented here that contain many different pieces. However, in addition to these pieces, the pottery produced a very large number of other, individual pieces that are not associated with a particular line.
It should be noted that the design, or shape, of a particular piece does not always indicate the line to which the piece belongs. At times, the pottery re-issued various pieces with a particular design, or shape, as an individual pieces. Also at times, the re-issued piece was included in a different line. These re-issued pieces normally have a different glaze color, or decoration, from the original. In such cases where a piece is included in a line different from the original line, it is the glaze color, or decoration, that determines the line to which the piece belongs.
It is hoped that you find the information and pictures presented here informative, and that they serve as an aid in identifying those unfamiliar Brush-McCoy pieces.