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?
Answer: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.