Did You Know?

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The 5-inch by 5–inch jardinière shown at left is part of the Nelson McCoy “Rustic Line.” This line was introduced in 1945. Did you know that here are two sizes of this jardinière? The other size is 6¾ inches by 6¾ inches. The 5-inch x 5-inch Rustic jardinière was issued for two years, in 1945 and 1946. Thereafter, the colors were Turquoise, Coral, and Yellow. These colors were issued from 1947 to 1953. The larger, 6¾-inch by 6¾-inch Rustic jardinière was issued in 1945, and possibly 1946. Information from the company catalog provides some details concerning these two jardinières, but what about the 6-inch by 6-inch Rustic jardinière with surreal faces shown to the right. Considering the glaze coloring, it must also be assigned to the Rustic Line, but there is no catalog information concerning it. What seems to have happened is that McCoy first issued the surreal faces jardinière in late 1944 or early 1945, and evidently, customer acceptance was negative. As a result, the jardinière was redesigned and issued in the two styles and two sizes mentioned above. All of these Rustic jardinières are not very common, particularly the large size and the one with surreal faces.

In 1979 the Nelson McCoy Pottery issued the Islander Collection of Kitchenware. Among the pieces offered was a Bundt Cake Pan in the shape shown below. The pan came in three solid colors, Cream, White, and Yellow. Evidently, the Islander Collection did not sell well, since the line was only available for one year. 07m However, selected pieces from the collection continued to be issued as part of other lines in following years. One of these pieces was the Bundt Cake Pan. Although there is no catalog information about it, the pan shown here is a Brown Drip over a Cream-Colored body. Apparently, the pan was a piece that was offered only one year as part of the Graystone Kitchen and Dinnerware Line. This line came out in 1980, and was discontinued in 1981.

07nA short time ago the ornate, 7-inch tall pitcher shown here surfaced, and was acquired from a Canadian collector. It is unmarked and has a flat unglazed bottom. The pitcher is thought to have been designed at the Nelson McCoy Pottery, although it was never produced for commercial sale. There is very little information on the pitcher, and only three of them are generally known to exist. A collector in Whitinsville, MA owns the second of the known pitchers. The other pitcher was in the Ty Kuhn collection. Ty Kuhn worked at the McCoy pottery for almost fifty years, and retired in 1980 as a Managing Ceramic Engineer. In his position at the pottery, he had daily oversight of all production. This together with the fact that he had this style pitcher in his collection with other uncommon pieces of McCoy, has lead to the belief that it is a Nelson McCoy product.

07o Pictured to the left is an uncommon, 8-inch tall, Coffee Server, with a floral decal. The body is White, and has a fired-on decal featuring a delicate Pink rose, and Green leaves. The Nelson McCoy Pottery first issued this shape Coffee Server in 1957. It was part of the Sunburst Gold Line. In 1958 and 1959, the server came out in Turquoise, Yellow, and Pink, all with a Flecked finish. None of the servers produced during these three years had a decal. The above is the only catalog information that pertains to this Coffee Server. However, we do know, from collector “finds”, that the server was also produced in Mist Blue with White horizontal streaks, like the Harmony Line. This server is marked “Esmond”, which indicates it was made under contract with them. This probably occurred in the early 1960’s. In addition to the server shown here, three other floral decals on White servers are known, but we do not know for sure when the Coffee Server was first issued in White, or when any of the servers with decals were issued. Although these servers are marked “McCoy”, they are not included in the general sales catalogs. This probably means that they were also produced under contract.

In 1980, the Nelson McCoy Pottery issued a new type pot and saucer. It was called a “Water Guard Planter”. The following is a company advertisement introducing the new planter. 07p

07q Just surfaced is this uncommonly glazed pitcher and bowl set shown at left. This shape pitcher and bowl was first issued by the Nelson McCoy Pottery in 1979, but it was a White, or Cream colored, with a floral decal.

This shape set was made until the pottery was sold in 1985, with a variety of different glazes and decals. However, the particular glaze shown here, a Brown top area on the pitcher and bowl over White, is uncommon. There is no catalog information on this style glaze, although other type glazes and decals are described.The pitcher is 5½-inches tall, the bowl is 2-inches tall, and about 8-inches wide. Both pieces are marked with Style Number 7528, McCoy, LCC, and USA.

07rShown here to the right is a not often seen Goose Pitcher. Nelson McCoy Ceramics (Designer Accents) produced and issued the pitcher in the late 1980’s. The pitcher is part of a line called Country Accents.

07s Pictured to the left is another seldom seen pitcher. The colors are a mottled Blue and White.The 7¾-inch tall, unmarked pitcher, was made by the Nelson McCoy Pottery from 1975 to 1978. It was originally issued with a basin.

07t The lamp base shown has a Blue-Black blended glaze. The lamp base was made from Style Number 10, 7-inch tall vase, which was first issued by the Nelson McCoy Pottery in the early 1930’s. Originally, the vase, which is unmarked, was part of Nelson McCoy Senior’s Loy-Nel-Art Line, a line-name he copied from his father J.W. McCoy. When it was first issued, there were solid colors of Blue, light Yellow, light Green, and light Brown, with hand decorated Green leaves and Red berries. By 1938, the last year of production, the colors of the vase were solid Matte colors of White, Green, Rose, and Blue, with no decorative coloring. It is not known exactly when the uncommonly glazed lamp base shown was produced, but is was probably between the middle and late 1930’s.