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This vase is 24in. tall with no bottom marks. I was told it was McCoy. I would like to know it's value and rareity. I've been unable to find info on this vase anywhere ?

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Thanks for sending me the photo of the bottom, just what I needed to give you an answer. This is McCoy and shows up on the 1938 catalog sheet. At least one other company made this shape but it has numbers on the bottom. Your dry bottom tells me it is the McCoy. It is hard to find and shows up on page 30 of McCoy Pottery Collectors Reference and Value Guide, III.

I found a 6" McCoy leaf & berries vase with handles. The unusual thing about it is it's made of metal! Any thoughts ?

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There were other items by other companies that also were made in aluminum, not just McCoy.

Can you tell me if this is a real McCoy bowl and if so the approximate value??

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This is a genuine McCoy bowl made in the 1960's. We have no current price guides so any estimate I give is strictly my opinion. Prices fluctuate with pottery just as any other valuables.

I have several Vases that I would like to use, however they leak. It's a slow leak, I believe through the crazing. The water seems to sweat through the sides and bottom of the vase. What can I do? I'm thinking of a liquid silicone solution that I can pour into the vase and then pour back out?

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I've had no experience with a liquid silicone but I can tell you what I learned from another McCoy collector. She uses her vases for fresh flowers and I noticed she inserted the proper size zip lock plastic baggy inside the vase and put water into it...seemed to work great about keeping the water from leaking out.

I found a piece of pottery with brush J4=8 USA on bottom and was wondering how you authenticate it?

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You have a piece of Brush Pottery. You can read about the History between Brush and McCoy within our website. Both were separate companies who were only connected from 1911-1925 . After that they were separate again.

Where can I find rubber replacement seals for my McCoy pink and blue canister set??

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Wow, I've never been asked this before! I really don't know. Perhaps a craft store or a hardware store. Years ago I made a stopper for one of my banks out of a piece of rubber. If you can't find them ready made perhaps you could find a flat piece of rubber and cut to size! Thanks for writing!

I have a dark green planter box rectangular in shape, but it has a thick icing appearing dripping down the sides from the top. I cannot find a price on it actually I have only found one picture of it online. has McCoy 618?

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This sounds like a show capped window box. These came in several different colors and in two sizes. There were flower pots with attached saucers with the same snow caped or frosted appearance.

I am curious about whether this is a McCoy or not. The USA letters are indented and the other letters are raised but not prominent to the eye. The pottery is not perfect it has unevenness in the glaze and on the top lip?

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Your lovely vase is McCoy. Sometimes the glaze was thicker than other times and filled in the area of the logos. Your vase was made in the 1940's and came in pastel colors.

I would like to know if you have any information on this highly unusual piece, such as when it was made and what type of glazes were used to create it? Is it considered a planter or a vase? I can't find another like it anywhere. I picked it up from a lady whose husband passed and was a collector of "everything". I assume at one point it was purchased at an antique shop since there was a receipt in bottom in the amount of $40. It is marked McCoy on the bottom, but is difficult to see and may not come through in the photo.?

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Your vase is part of the Cascade line by McCoy, made in 1961. It did come in a couple of different color combinations...IMO, your purple is the hardest to find. It is often found in a redish/burgundy combination as well as a pearlized white finish. There are several other shapes in this line.

My mom was gifted this vase about 15 years ago. We don't know much about it - would be grateful for any information you can provide?

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How interesting to get your question, I had two come in at the same time on this line. Your vase is part of the Cascade line by mcCoy, made in 1961. It did come in a couple of different color combinations...IMO, your purple is the hardest to find. It is often found in a redish/burgundy combination as well as a pearlized white finish. There are several other shapes in this line.

Did McCoy ever make lidded Schultz beer steins?

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McCoy did make and sell lidded steins as one of their contract items

Can you tell me the history of this piece of McCoy Pottery and if it is real? My grandmother was a collector of pottery and I found this piece in my mothers house while cleaning. Thanks for your help?

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This is a Real McCoy! It is from the Brocade line , made in 1956. It was made in a couple of different color combinations and there are several items from planters to beverage servers in this line~

We are in need of your help in identifying and giving us value estimate of several pieces of McCoy pottery. There may be as much as 100 pottery pieces involved, but they may not be all McCoy. What is this ?

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Your Frog is by the Brush Pottery Company, often confused with McCoy. There were numerous sizes of frogs that were made from tiny to extra large, many styles. It's very difficult to give a price on pottery in today's world, It varies along with everything else in the economy. The value would also vary per the size of the frog. Since you have so many things you want information on I suggest the McCoy Reference books by Hanson/Nissen/Hanson or the one by Steve and Martha Sanford. Also, sold items on ebay is an excellent way to determine values.

What can you tell me about this McCoy vase? Thank you so much. I love all things McCoy!?

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Your vase is decorated with the Antique Rose motif. There were a number of shapes with either rose colored roses or brown roses highlighting the pieces. They were popular in 1959. The vase can be found in solid colors as well.

I found this in my moms basement. It was her great grandmothers. It has a very faint mark on the bottom. Is it a McCoy?

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Yes, this is McCoy....so neat to have something through the family

I appreciate any help. I picked up this McCoy Pottery piece recently at a thrift store. It is in very good condition and the colors are vibrant and bright. It is nice and heavy... just a nice piece. I am not able to find anything like it through all my research of McCoy Pottery. Anything is appreciated. I really need to show the top and the bottom. The side view is this actual dish which is triangle and 2" deep?

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This would be the "center" of a lazy susan...with other pieces that fit around it...really cool!

Here is another vase I saved from my Mom's garage sale many years ago! Can you tell me a little about it; design & year made?

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This is commonly referred to as a wheat vase because of the design. Made in the mid-fifties the shape was also made plain.

Looking for info on this piece, not sure what to call it. Real gold trim, McCoy, age and value?

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This is the Wedding Jar cookie jar from the early 1960's. I've never seen the detail on this as genuine gold...normally McCoy had a mark on the bottom within a circle if they used gold.

I have a McCoy teapot perfect condition, brown handle green ivy on the side, could you tell me anything about it?

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Hi, this is the Ivy Tea pot, it came with a matching creamer and sugar....made in 1950 Values are really hard to determine these days. I normally suggest looking on ebay for sold items so see how they do there. It is a nice teapot to have!

What is your most recent publication of the McCoy Pottery book that you have for sale in a hardback book?

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Our Society supplies information on our website and through our quarterly Journal. We do not have books for sale. :( The ones I recommend for reference are McCoy Pottery, Collectors Reference and Value Guide by Hanson/Nissen/Hanson (3 vol. set) and Sanfords Guide to McCoy Pottery by Steve and Martha Sanford. Although you might find them in book stores or antique stores book sections, they are all out of print. Ebay is a good source to find copies.

I can't seem to find any information on this piece or the date it was produced and am hoping you can help me?

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This small underplate and pitcher set was made in 1975. It also came in a lime green color.

Hi, I was inquiring about the window pane McCoy pottery crock bowls. Is there a reference book of how I can tell if I am buying an original or reproduction. I notice there are many bowls with the #8 and #9 in the shield on the bottom?

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The ones I recommend for reference are McCoy Pottery, Collectors Reference and Value Guide by Hanson/Nissen/Hanson (3 vol. set) and Sanfords Guide to McCoy Pottery by Steve and Martha Sanford The shield mark with number inside is a McCoy Mark. What concerns me most recently is a reproduced set of bowls that was made by Robinson Ransbottom Pottery Company that is being made marked McCoy. These books would help you recognize the real McCoy.

What is the original size of mammy with callaflower cookie jar?

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Mine measures ll l/2" tall

This planter was left in a shed when I purchased my home. I know nothing about it other than I recently had a guest who was very upset that I was actually planting in this "antique", as they called it. Is it really that rare & am I ruining it by still using it as it was intended to be used? It just works so well for my annuals I never thought much about whether or not it was old. It's sort of a creamy white color with a small rough drain hole hidden in the bottom corner, & it has no cracks. How much of it is dirt stain I don't know as it was sort of stuffed up in the rafters of the shed. ?

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Thanks for writing about this! This pot and saucer was made in 1961 and came in several colors. I think it is great that you use it and enjoy it. McCoy is highly collectible...but also was made to use! Sometimes this pattern is referred to as "beetle band". Enjoy!

The piece that I have has been a bit of a puzzle to me. After, many years of research, I finally came upon your website. Knowing that there are many fakes/copies & reproductions of McCoy's pieces. With all hopes you maybe able to solve this for me. I have attached two photos below. One of the actual piece & one of the trademark. There is a number signature below the trademark: '740'. Thank you for any information that you maybe be able to provide. ?

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Hi,! Your Turtle Planter is a Genuine McCoy and was made in 1975. the 740 was the catalog number of the item and the LLC part of the logo was when McCoy was a part of the Lancaster Colony Corporation. It is a fun planter to have!

Hi, I just picked up this piece at an estate sale. It was dirty and out in a garage. I noticed the McCoy on the bottom and thought it was an interesting shape and color. It has a couple of issues. The red rim is quite faded. There is a spot of red glaze on one side and an extra bit of clay (porcelain?) on the bottom. Is this an authentic McCoy vase and what time period is it from? Could it be a factory second or was there more red on this vase and it's faded over time ?

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This is a genuine McCoy vase from the Ripple Line, made in 1950. The extra clay and extra paint is not uncommon to see. They made many items a day! There was a seconds store and it would be impossible to know what might have gone out through there or thru regular shipments to customers. The top edge is what was a different color than the rest of the vase, there would not have been more of the red paint. There are a couple different shapes to this line.

Is this a real McCoy or fake? It does have the mark, McCoy USA, on the bottom and looks like the ones in the collector's reference books with the exception of the turtle attached to the side?

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Sad! Altho this is basically a McCoy shape this vase is a fake! The turtles tell the tale!

I bought this when I lived in Louisiana and I've been looking for any information about it and was so excited to find a McCoy piece there as my Grandmother & Granny lived in Crooksville. Mom grew up there and as a child I spent many summers there and going to the Crooksville/, Roseville Pottery Festival. I've just learned that it is Lancaster Colony McCoy, can you please give me anymore information ?

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How nice to hear from someone who is familiar with the Crooksville/Roseville area! Your cookie jar is a Liberty Bell and was made in the mid sixties.

I've recently acquired this piece which, according to some research I've done on the Internet, is named "McCoy Pink Brocade Spatter or Spackle". Or "Brocade McCoy planter". I would like to know whether it's a real McCoy or a fake? I have seen a Pink Spackle on your site but the base is black not a natural color. ?

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This is a console dish from the Brocade line of McCoy. It is genuine and was made in 1956. There are other shapes in this line and they were also made in different color combinations. The best way to currently check values is to look on ebay for the "Sold" items and see what items sell for in that line.

I have included 2 pictures of a cookie jar I have had for years. How can I be sure if it is authentic? In your photo, the Leprechaun is not wearing black gloves. It is signed, but I have no idea if that means anything. I love it regardless.?

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The Genuine Leprechauns are unmarked so that lets us know yours is not genuine.

I found this vase while thrifting in Atlanta, Ga about a year ago. Today someone posted an identical vase in a Facebook pottery group I follow. A discussion followed and the consensus is that this a Nelson McCoy vase. It is 8.5 inches tall and 5" wide at the widest ring. My vase has a faint mark that looks like V2. The other person's vase does not have a legible mark. We would love to know if this vase is authentic and its age and value if known. ?

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This is a genuine McCoy vase. There were two marked this way...one is V - 1 and one is V2...unusual but neat!. It was made in the late 1920's and can also be found as a lamp base.

I found a BLUE COUNTRY PITCHER AND BOWL SET the other day at a thrift shop. One I got it home, I noticed a hand print that must have "mistakenly" been made by touching the item before the paint dried. Do you think this piece is a "second" or a complete treasures?

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Occasionally something is found with fingerprints and in my opinion it is a treasure! I doubt that this would have caused an item to go to the seconds store. Also, don't think it would affect the value either way but it is a permanent reminder of the human that helped make it

I have a piece I have not been able to find any info on and I now believe it is a fake MCCOY. Your help is appreciated?

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What you have is a Real McCoy. He is the Hair Growing Gleep and dates to the early 1970's. He came with a packet of seed that you stuck to a moistened center area of the piece....and watered through the top. Grass then sprouted on his unglazed body!

I have an oblong dish white glaze outside and turquoise on inside with four short feet curved round on one end and offset curved narrow spout like to pour from. Measurements length 9 inches width at widest area 3 1/2 inches, height 3 1/2 inches Trade mark matches the M with small C on leg of McCoy under it USA... under that is 207. This piece was in our home for years I think there are more pieces in my boxes from my mother's home. What do I have ?

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The Capri Line by McCoy was made in 1957. There are several shapes from a bud vase to different sizes and shapes similar to yours. the colors can be from blue with pink interiors to off white or yellow with green interiors...very pretty line!

Hi from Manitoba Canada have come across a piece of McCoy pottery called Missouri mule mug or cup novelty in blue. I'm estimating that it was produced in the 50's .... could you tell me more info ?

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Unfortunately this is a fake, an item that was not produced by McCoy but is marked so....please check out the page on fakes on the Society website. It should show you other items of a similar nature.

Can you tell me the name of this pattern and its value? It was used as a planter. The bowl has McCoy USA under it. The plate has USA The second item seems to be McCoy. Does V. A. C. stand for Veterans a? Center. There is a military base in Biloxi. I would truly appreciate any info! Is it McCoy? There are no marks underneath vase. Thanking you very much in advance! ?

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Your first two pieces are from the Vesta Line by McCoy . This line was made in 1962. The larger piece is a Planting Dish. the smaller piece is a shallow bowl...I've never seen the two together!. There were two sizes of this shallow bowl. The line contained several more shapes and colors. the double tulip is not McCoy, but a knock off, (copy) of a McCoy vase. Unfortunately there are lots of them in the market place.

I inherited a brown glaze log (for holding flowers, I assume). It is, of course, in the shape of a log, approx. 7" long and decorated with small chain. On one end, the letters "USA". It was an elderly aunts and passed on to my mother-in-law and when she died, I got it. Thank you for any information you can provide ?

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The small log planter comes in several colors and was made in 1958. You've found the USA on one end, look carefully and see if you can find the small letters spelling McCoy on the other end or the other side.

I have one of the fakes of the seated woman hugging the vase. The one on your page is pink, but this one is in a dark navy blue. It is marked McCoy. Shortly after acquiring this, I read it was fake. I am wondering if you know who made these. I intend to sell it, but will be very up front about it being non-McCoy, and will also refer folks to your site. I enjoyed viewing the pottery and your answers to questions posed. Thank you for any assistance you can provide.?

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First Betty I'd like to thank you on behalf of all of us who love McCoy for your honesty in this topic. I do not know who made these items, some, I believe are imports. :(

I have a question about a loaf pan have looked everywhere and I can't find it it is marked McCoy on the bottom on the out side its rough pottery and on the inside it is green glazed shiny. It might be fake I don't know could you please help me. I bought it at an antique store ?

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I believe I know the piece you are talking about. It is part of the Cook-Serve line made in 1945, The pieces in the line were rough on the outside with a smooth colored interior, yellow, green or pink that I recall. This was during the time the government required some of the pottery companies to use their clay for government purposes...one item was a training model of a landmine. Part of The remainder of McCoy's clay went for this utilitarian line.

Thank you for your willingness to help me identify?

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Your bowl with the pink and blue stripes is not by mcCoy. I believe it is made by the Hull Pottery Company which was just down the road from McCoy Pottery.

I have been trying to identify the attached piece. Can you tell me ifit is Brush McCoy Pottery??

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You have a lovely Chamber pot from the "Bluebird" line of Toilet Sets. This was made in 1915 so it does come from "Brush-McCoy"....great item!

I hope you might be able to give me some insight on a set of coffee cups I picked up. They are each marked simply with an overlapping MC with Usa underneath. Looks similar to McCoy Rosewood Olympia or cherokee trademark. However the C looks a little wider.?

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The M C in this case refers to Mount Clemens, an era of McCoy Pottery Company. In 1967 McCoy was sold to David Chase, a private entrepreneur. Items still carried the McCoy logo but usually had an additional ref. to Mr. Clemens Pottery. This is a design up that McCoy did make so I feel yours are McCoy. I believe the mark was used afterwards on items that were not produced under the McCoy time frame. In 1974 Chase sold the business to Lancaster Colony Corporation and the mark changed once again.

Can you give me a quote of a piece of USA MCP 6507 heart shaped trinket box. Black with gold lid and approx. 8-1/2" X 8-1/2"? Engraved with USA and has a symbol of a pitcher below the USA marking. ?

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This heart shaped dish is part of the Golden Brocade Line of McCoy. The MCP indicates it was made during the time Mt. Clemens owned McCoy, between 1966 and 1974. occasionally these pieces can still be found with a paper sticker "Golden Brocade". Book value is $30-40.00.

I want to ask if McCoy or Brush McCoy made a plow horse planter? I've come across a green one and have been unable to find any others, except a brown one, to compare it to, but haven't been able to identify a maker. The green looks like the McCoy green and it appears to be quite old.?

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This is not McCoy. Brush McCoy was only the years between 1911-1925 approx....before and after that they were two separate companies. I think this is from the Brush Pottery, it appears to be more their green color than McCoys.

I was wondering if you could tell me something about my piece. If you could tell me it's age?

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This is a wonderful Large Double Handled Vase from 1947. It came in aqua and in white. It was not cataloged as such but in recent years collectors have referred to it as a "strap " vase. At 12" tall it was valued at 80.00 - 110.00 in the first volume of Hanson/Nissen/Hansons book on McCoy

I was hoping you could help me out ! I am trying to find out if this was a McCoy product and if so what's the history on it?

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YES, this is an advertising item made by McCoy. Part of McCoys business was contract work for various companies and this was made for Schering. "Your feet must last a lifetime" Not a lot of info is available on contract work so I do not know when this was done.

How do I know if the stretch goat planter that I purchased is really a McCoy? I did not see this planter in any photographs on this site.?

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Yes, this is a genuine McCoy stretch goat. The stretches were made in the 1940s in typically pastel colors.

On your "fake" pages..for instance the bird wall pocket in pink page 3...is it the color of the glaze or the pocket type in total. Sorry for the dumb question but I am researching for someone else. ?

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it would be the shape that has been reproduced, not just the color. By the way, there are no dumb questions!

A friend gave me a McCoy vase in the early 1980s, which she bought at a Houston, TX antiques store. I'd be very grateful to learn anything about its history and estimated current value. Thank you! ?

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Your lovely vase was made in 1950 and came in yellow, green or coral. Values fluctuate in the market today but my estimate of a value if you were to see it in a mall today would be approx. 65.00

I have a black vase 10" Tall 6" at bottom that tapers to 2" at top it dose bear the old McCcoy on the bottom. I have been unable to find it listed anywhere . I showed it to the only notable dealer in my area. They said it could possibly have been part of a funeral set but I don't by that can you help me solve this puzzle?

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I believe that you have a vase from the McCoy Classic Line that was made in 1962. The items came in aqua, white and black with streaks of gold on the surface. There were two sizes of this vase along with various lower shaped pieces.

Sharon & Bob Huxford's Collector's Encyclopedia of Brush McCoy Pottery 1996 explains that, in 1927, Brush Pottery acquired a controlling interest in Watt Pottery and began stoneware production at that facility in Crooksville, OH. The Watt mark was a shield-like mark with a number in the center. Your site shows an encircled shield mark with a number in the center that is described as being an early 1920s mark. NMSSC supposedly used the shield mark around that time. Attached is a jpeg of a green mug with shield on the bottom. Some call it McCoy Alps. Others call it McCoy Troubadour. I have not found any lines of those names, but I believe this is from the 1927 Dutch Line made by Watt for Brush Pottery. Per Huxfords, the 1927 Brush Dutch Line was, "Embossed Frolicking Dutchmen, in blended colors of green and brown, or high-gloss Kolorkraft hues." The color of the clay on this piece is ivory, and the quality appears to be rough, or crude. Also, are these pieces known to be reproduced?

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The mug in your photo is a product of McCoy and is noted as having been made in 1926. Also made in the Buccaneer line was a 8 1/2" tall Tankard and a Covered Jar that is 7 l/2" tall. All could be found in dark green or dark brown. I am not aware of items made by Watt but this is a marked used on other items by McCoy.

I have a McCoy Fish in Net jardiniere in rust. I have seen a couple of these listed on eBay as rare and priced around $200-$300. They don't seem to be selling at that price. Also, I've seen this jardiniere listed as being from the 1930's, but I think it's from the late '50's. So, my questions for you are: It is really rare? What is it really worth? When was it really made ?

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Yes, this is a rare planter. Made in 1955 it came in a brown spray glaze and also in a green spray glaze. I think it is still valued in the range that you mentioned. Prices do fluctuate with the economy but this is a good item to have.

What is the value of this McCoy pink and blue striped quiche dish?

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I don't think this particular piece of Stonecraft Dinner ware is included on any price list It was made during the late 1970's. Stonecraft came with this pink and blue motif or with a chocolate brown motif. MY opinion on a value would be approx. 20.00

I inherited this from my Grandparents and am interested in learning more about it. History, Value, etc. ?

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Your teapot is the Daisy line and was made in the 1940's. They came available with a creamer and sugar to match and also in a couple of color variations. Value on pottery fluctuates though the times but this would have a current value of approx. 75.00 if it has no damage. It's a great start for a McCoy collection!

I purchased two McCoy planter/vases at a estate sale a few weeks ago and while i love the design and the form of them both. I'm having a hard time finding what lines of McCoy they are from, their age, are they real or fakes, and what might their value be for insurance purposes? They both have the McCoy logo on the bottom and and the one with the handle has USA on the bottom. if anyone could be of assistance, I would really appreciate the help a lot. ?

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Neither of your planters belong to a particular line by McCoy but they are genuine McCoy planters.. The line was made in 1969 and value approx. $12.00 in today's market. Prices tend to fluctuate along with the economy and sadly prices on most items are down right now. The shell style planter was made in 1948. Value for it would be approximately $25-35.00 in my opinion . Keep up looking for McCoy, It's fun!

Looking for any information on this 'bean pot'. In excellent condition w/handle intact. ?

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This is actually called "Little Red Bean Pot" and is considered a cookie jar by many. It was made in 1971. Value in todays market would be approx. $45.00

I stumbled across these wonderful violin pocket planters with gold strings. They say McCoy USA and have gold etching and says shafer 23 K gold guaranteed. Perfect condition. No chips, cracks. What can you tell me about them and their worth ?

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These are wonderful examples of the McCoy Violin Wall pockets. Not all were decorated with gold trim. Note the mark on yours, this is the way Maccoy marked their gold trimmed items. Other companies used gold and marked differently The violin wall pocket was made in 1956 and came in this aqua and in white. There are a couple that were done in black and they are quite rare. Prices are a bit soft right now but these would certainly be worth a minimum of 75.00 each.

I've had this cookie jar for years. Could you give me any info?

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Your basket of eggs cookie jar was made by McCoy in 1977. Book value is $55.00 - 65.00. The basket bottom is also found with strawberries, tomatoes and potatoes.

I can't find any information on this design done in blue. I found a lot of yellow and green. These are girl with watering can and there are 3 nesting bowls with flowers around the top they do not have any cracks or chips. And they are the Blue Violet. Any information on the rarity and value and date of production would be great ?

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This is a copy of a set of bowls by Robinson Ransbottom Pottery Company. Sadly they are being remade and marked as McCoy. McCoy did not make these!, sorry!

I HAVE A SET OF MCCOY WARE THAT IS THE PINK AND BLUE STRIPPED PATTERN AND WAS WONDERING HOW MUCH IT IS WORTH? HOW WOULD I FIND OUT ?

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This would be the Stonecraft line of dinnerware by Mccoy. It is a popular line and is collected by many. I would suggest checking on ebay, completed and sold listings, for prices the individual pieces actually sold for. This line was made in the mid 1970's

Where can I find wire warmers for the El Rancho coffee pots. I need 2 ea. Also, I need 1 ea. lid for the covered wagon cookie jar. Are these items impossible to find?. I would appreciate any help I can get. ?

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This line was made in 1960. The secondary market would be the only place you will find these now. Check on ebay for the stands or perhaps for damaged pieces that still have the stands. If you are a member of the McCoy Pottery Collectors Society you could place a wanted ad in the journal. thanks for your interest and for writing

My son in law gave me a white vase. It's plain and ordinary looking. It does have a hair line crack on it. On the bottom it has McCoy USA 336 Can you tell me anything about it ?

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This vase is from the Garden Club Line, made in 1958. The lines to all the shapes were simple, colors were pastel....

My uncle has several pieces of McCoy in his late wife's family collection. We have identified several pieces, but I am completely stumped on (2) vases(?) Can you help? We just want to know if they are real McCoy, and if they are worth anything. (Color may be off, my aunt was a heavy smoker) ?

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This is a very nice older vase by McCoy in the early 1940's. Some folks see an Owl in the design although I don't think catalog pages refer to it as such. Sanfords book values it at $40.00-50.00 which is probably pretty accurate today. This goes with the one I mentioned the owl in.

I have some McCoy vases with a small, inconspicuous chip in each. One may also have a hairline crack. They're still very attractive! But does this mean they are worthless in terms of selling? I've enjoyed them for many years, but it's time now to downsize. ?

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I would think it would depend on the item. If it were a truly rare item folks would probably overlook any damage...but if it's a more common shape it would definitely affect the value. You could check the completed lists on ebay for similar shapes and conditions and get an idea what they actually sell for. Values are kinda fickle just now.

I purchased a pink cereal/soup? bowl at a garage sale. It has black/gray specks in it . It is 5 5/8 in diameter. I have a lot of McCoy and several books but cannot find it in any of them. It is Marked McCoy, USA on the bottom. Could this be a fake ?

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I believe e I know the shape bowl you have and it is Genuine McCoy. I have one with the little flecks of color in it too.

I just purchased a vase with an ear of corn design that I am told is a J.W. McCoy Olympia piece. I don't know if you do evaluations or not, but I would LOVE to know an approximate value, or if you don't give evaluations perhaps a degree of rarity for this piece. ?

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This is J.W. Olympia but it's really hard to come up with a value now. I was at an auction in July where the Olympia went really cheap...of course that was an auction of over 500 pieces of McCoy. I paid 60.00 for mine about 15 years ago... It "should" be valued at 150.00-200 in my opinion, but the market does not bear it out now...It is not rare...but not easily found.

I am a complete McCoy novice, so this may be a rather obvious question, but is this an authentic McCoy piece, as far as you can tell? I love all of the hand-themed pottery pieces that I've seen labeled as McCoy, but I know that many of them are misidentified. Wondered if you could tell me about this particular piece found on Etsy. Here is a link to the listing: https://www.etsy.com/transaction/1013316528 ?

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Welcome to the world of McCoy! This is a wonderful example of the McCoy hands tray...should be marked NM on the back. There are other hands by McCoy. The reference books I like, which would include the hands are the series of three books by Hanson/Nissen/Hanson, McCoy Pottery Collectors Reference and Value Guide and the Sanfords Guide to McCoy Pottery. All of these books can bee seenon other pages within the website. Interesting fact about the hands is that Nelson McCoy told me some were modeled from his Mothers hands, Ruth McCoy.

When is the July meeting? Is there a website giving the agenda ?

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July 10th and 11th are the dates for our events...check here! Look forward to seeing you in July. http://mccoypotterycollectorssociety.org/collectors-society/convention-info/

Are these McCoy? I cannot seem to find many similar bowls online. These were my Great Grandmothers. ?

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RRPCO was a competitor of McCoy and located in the same area. It is also a collectible pottery. The "/" mark after the number is a good sign its RRPCO

I broke a spoon rest and wished to replace. Bought a 'Swedish' rest on e-Bay that looks wondrous but (of course) is not hand painted, and the figures seem applied as decals. Could this be so ?

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Its quite likely that a company could have made a spoon rest to be more decorative than functional. McCoy did make spoon rests though...a couple of older ones and some in later years. Here are examples of McCoy spoon rests

We want to purchase an authentic ovenproof McCoy bean pot. What is a good source ?

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You might try a search on ebay. There are normally a few listed and at pretty good prices.

I am having trouble finding the actual name of my pattern its all terra cottage with Fall leaves, grapes, and walnuts. It is # 7515 the pitcher and basin. Its in excellent condition the only flaws I can tell is that there is two tiny spots of blackish ceramic on the part of basin that sits directly on the surface, the ring. The spots are about the size of a pen tip. The marks on the Pitcher say 7515 McCoy USA with a C and it has it triple lined on the C's side making 3 C. The basin marks are McCoy 7515 USA what would the value be ?

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Since I didn't have a photo of your set i searched ebay for the number and came up with this one...Is it like yours? If so, it is the Fruit Festival Design which was used on other items, too. There is one listed on ebay now for 22.00 and I feel that is pretty accurate. if you were to see one for sale in an antique mall it would probably be priced higher, maybe 35.00-40. I do not think the spots you described would affect the price. Thank you for your inquiry

I believe this is a Weller vase, but I am not sure how to tell if it is genuine. It measures 8 3/8" high by 4" wide. If you feel it is genuine, can you tell me how much it is worth ?

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While our area is McCoy Pottery I was able to find the answers to your question from Pottery Collectors. Your vase is Weller Marvo with a value of approx. 50-l00 depending on condition.

I bought this fish planter in France and it has been suggested to me that it was made by the McCoy Pottery. There is an impressed mark to the base '65' but no other marks. I'd love to know what you think ?

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Thanks for writing. The fish is great but it is not McCoy. I do not have any information on who might have made it.

I'm writing to you because we had this frog in my family since before I was born. I'm born 1954. It will be nice if you can tell me how old you think it is. I think we got it from my fathers auntie. She left Sweden about 1930 and I think she sent this as a gift to my grandmother. But I don't know when. Maybe it's interesting for you that this frog been in Sweden for so long time. Best regards, Ronny in Stockholm, Sweden ?

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Thank you so much for writing to us about your frog planter by McCoy. It was made as early as 1950 and only came in the green color. The yellow paint is the original "cold paint" trim that came on the frogs. That means it was painted after the pottery was fired, thus it could wear or wash off in time. The value is approximately $30-40.00 It is interesting that it has been in Stockholm all these years and I'm curious to know if you ever see other McCoy Pottery there!

I am a new collector of McCoy Pottery. A friend of mine says i should NOT plant plants in the flower pots because it will ruin them. (unless i put a pot within the pot i guess) is this true?

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Many people, me included, like to use their pottery. I suppose if you wanted to keep it in pristine condition you might not want to plant in it but I think it would be more enjoyable for you to use it as you please. The only thing I can think of is that it might leave stains on the inside.

I have been unable to find another pot quite like this. I know it is McCoy as it is marked. Do you know anything about it? Age? Value ?

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This item was made in 1954 and came in 4 l/2", 5 l/2" 7 l/2" and 8 l/2" sizes. The colors were maroon, yellow and green and value ranges from $20-$40.

This pot had green felt on the base which I removed.. but alas, no mark. I am sure it is McCoy but any other information would be appreciated. It is 6 3/4" Tall with a 7 3/4" width. ?

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This came in sizes from 4" to much larger that was used with pedestals. Stoneware, it was made from the late twenties thru the mid-30's. Colors were matte white, matte green and a matte brown/green combination. None of the sizes were marked and it is referred to as "berries and leaves".

Is this item "the real McCoy"? It has almost a celtic or Northwest Indian design. What would it have been used for? It seems too shallow for a planter, was it for serving food or for a flower arrangement? Can you tell me an approximate age? Thank you for both your knowledge and assistance. ?

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Yes this is genuine McCoy. It is the centerpiece of a lazy susan made in 1966.

What is this??

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I am happy to tell you it is an Ashtray...referred to simply as a ball shape ashtray. It did come in a variety of colors and color combinations and is valued at approx.20.00-25.00

What's the difference between "Vintage" and "Antique", and what's the difference between a "planter" and a "vase" ?

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Vases are usually designed for holding cut flowers and can often be quite decorative. Lots of McCoy vases are in the shapes of flowers. The planters are designed to have small dish gardens in, or single plants. They, too, can be quite decorative often in the shape of animals, etc. Here are a typical McCoy vase and planter. The term "antique" used to apply to anything over 100 years old. Vintage can apply to items of a certain era. Anymore I believe they are often used interchangeably.

A friend of mine recently went to Kansas and returned with the 1943 Daisy tea pot, creamer and sugar. Sanfords book and price guide say this tea pot is too rare to value. Can that be so ?

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My Sanfords book shows this teaset on page 170/171 and values it at 75.00 - 100.00

What is the estimated value of this piece and what is its history? It has no chips and shows no evidence of ever being used as a planter as it is very clean. It measures 7" high and 8 1/8" long. I saw one like it on e-bay yesterday which was apparently not in as pristine condition as this one listed for $150. I know however that what they are listed for and what they sell for are not always the same thing ?

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I saw the one you mentioned on ebay. In today's Market I do not think it will sell for that much. The economy affects Collectibles as well as everything else. In an antique mall I would expect to see one for 50.00-60.00. It is a piece you don't come across every day.

I have an old McCoy bean pot and was wondering if you could tell me if it's authentic McCoy and whether or not the glaze on it contains lead ?

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Your covered bean pot is genuine, from the Canyon Dinnerware line. Dinnerware from this era is lead free.

I am wondering if this attic find is McCoy. I can't find this pattern in research. Can you help me identify or point me in the right direction?

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Your vase is from the Scandia line by McCoy. It was made in 1972 and came in several shapes and colors. Does not look like typical McCoy, does it?

Is this Mccoy?

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Thanks for sending the picture of your vase. Several years ago we verified this is not by McCoy but I can not recall who did make it. If I find out, I will add the answer here and let you know...nice vase regardless of who made it!

Do you have any pics of the Turtle Sprinkler?

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Hope these pictures help

I have just found 3 boxs of Mccoy vases and other stuff. Where do I start getting these things to people who really want them? ?

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If you are a member of our McCoy Pottery Collectors Society you can place an ad in our quarterly journal for items you want to sell (McCoy) and / or items that you are looking for. There is a facebook group "McCoy Pottery for Sale" and ebay is always an option.

I was wondering if this was a McCoy cookie jar. The bottom does not look like any of the signatures you have as a reference.?

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What you have is the yellow pepper cookie jar and it is genuine. It was a newer jar, thus the mark, and was made from 1972-1980. This more commonly is found in green and very, very rarely in a deep purple color.

I do not know what this is called or used for. It is approximately 4" tall and 3" - 3" in width. Do you know anything about this? What it is used for? If it has any value? It is in excellent condition, even the cork. ?

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This is a cheese shaker made approx 1985 McCoy ltd was the company Nelson and Billie Had after they retired from Nelson McCoy Pottery

I have a set of 6 cooking bowls with the McCoy mark. I would appreciate any info you may have. They are perfect and beautiful. ?

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Your bowls are from the Greystone dinnerware line by McCoy and were made in 1978

A neighbor gave me this planter, right before she was moved to an assisted living center. I cannot locate any information online or in collectors books. Can you help??

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This flower pot with saucer attached dates to the mid 1950's. It came in three sizes, 4", 5" and 6".

Is this a reproduction piece? If not, can someone tell me a bit about it??

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This is a Real McCoy! It was made in the 1940's. A variation made had the same shape with handles at the bottom sides. The value would be in the $30.00 - 40.00 range

I acquired this bowl from an Uncle that had passed away and I now realize that it is a McCoy. I have done some research and I do have other pieces but can't find all the information on this bowl. Any information that you could share would be wonderful. ?

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Your bowl came with matching pitcher to make a bowl and pitcher set. The photo shows the pitcher, If you don't have the pitcher you might find one on ebay!

I wanted to ask if you knew if this vase attached is one that has been reproduced? This particular one is approximately 9 x 8 and pretty heavy. ?

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No! This has not been reproduced, it is the real McCoy!

I am 57 and my Great Grandmother gave me this McCoy piece when I was a boy. I have looked allover the internet and cannot seem to find any information or even a picture of this. Can you identify and give me an approximate value.?

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Your cookie jar is referred to as "love birds" or "kissing penguins". It was made in 1946. Value in today's market approx. .$60.00. Memories make it priceless !

Found this vase and was wondering what you can tell me about it and what it may be worth?? It is in really great condition.?

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This lovely vase is from the late 1940's. It came in a variety of pastel colors typical of the era. There is no particular line it was part of. Value would be in the 45.00 to 65.00 range. Thanks for sharing

I found this vase at a garage sale and thought it was unusual and very pretty. I saw the USA mark and thought it might be a McCoy; my mom had a McCoy vase that I remember from childhood and it had a USA stamp as well. Do you think this is a McCoy or something else? ?

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Thank you for writing about your pottery piece, it is not McCoy but was made by the Hull Pottery Company.

My grandmother left me a flying duck planting dish when she passed and it is now my treasure. Do you know where I can find information on the value of this type of piece??

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This hard to find planting dish was made in 1955. They are pretty hard to find without damage to the wings. I've not seen one sold recently but I am thinking the range of 100.00 to 125.00 would be appropriate.

I found this heavy, unmarked vase at Goodwill and wonder if it could be McCoy. Even if it isn't, I love the color and shape. It is 8" tall. ?

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Your vase is the real McCoy, made between 1926 and 1936. The stoneware such as this came in white, green or a brown/green color, This also came in different sizes. Nice find!

Is this a true piece of McCoy??

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Yes it is from the early 1950's . The planting dish has a bar across the center with a hole in the center. The hole is to support a candle, a floral arrangement could surround the candle.

I just received about 14 pieces of pottery along with the history of each, some are dated in 1926. I have no idea of the value or how I could even sell them at a fair price. Any information would be great. I have included a picture of one of the pieces that has the old mark on it. ?

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You are right in with the date of your McCoy Buttermilk pitcher. It is from 1926. Comparing prices on completed pitchers like yours that sold on ebay prices ranged from 20 -30. If you were to see it priced in an antique mall the price would range from 38.00-60.00 in my opinion. Unless you have a local outlet to sell your items, ebay could be your best bet, Members of our Society can put an ad in our quarterly journal.

I have a Little Red Riding Hood cookie jar that has McCoy on the bottom. I have had many strong opinions both directions regarding if it's real or fake so how do I know and if it's real how do I prove it? ?

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I am sorry to tell you that your cookie jar is a fake. McCoy did not make any Little Red Riding Hood items. The genuine LRRH was made by Hull Pottery. It is sad that copies were made marked McCoy, it's very confusing to many.

I am trying to see if this tea pot is the real thing and if so from what date.?

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Yes, your teapot is the Real McCoy! It was made during the1940's in a variety of colors. In later years the same shape was used with various factory decorations applied, The book value for your tea pot is $30.00 - $60.00. Thank you for writing! Quita

I have enclosed pictures of the pitcher and bowl set that I own. Would someone be able to tell me a little about it??

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This bowl and pitcher set is medium in size being approx.12" tall. Made in 1973 it came in blue, green, white and brown Value is approx, $50.00-$70.00 I appreciate your writing! Quita