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  • Item Category: Furniture & Furnishings
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Aug 18, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House

HISTORY of my jar:

The Smiley Cookie Jar has been in my family since first purchased by my grandmother in 1942. It was passed on to my mother in 1950 and I have had the jar since 1980. The jar has been carefully packed for the past 20 years. The only reason for selling the jar is due to I have 3 daughters in college and they need help with purchasing text books.


Shawnee Pottery Company, origined in Zanesville , Ohio in 1937. 'Buy American' campaigns were important to buyers, thus laid the foundation for Shawnee to produce pottery and dinnerware for the United States. Terrace Ceramics bought the Shawnee molds when the company went out of business in 1961. Tfore, some jars might look like a Shawnee mold, but were made by and marked Terrace Ceramics. The quality and design of the jars are definitely different and will usually not be confused with the real thing. Although everything "Shawnee" is collectible, cookie jars are especially popular. The Smiley pig, Winnie pig, Muggsy dog, Puss n' Boots and Dutch Jack and Jill were some of the more popular jars produced by Shawnee Pottery. Smiley, in his many variations, is one of the most "wanted" jars of all for cookie jar collectors, not only Shawnee collectors. A collection doesn't seem complete without at least one or two Smileys. Since gold-trimmed jars are always the most sought after, it's interesting to note that most gold trimmed jars were originally seconds or had blemishes. Gold and decals were applied to the jars to "hide" the blemish. These jars were later sold in specialty shops at a higher price, and of course now command a MUCH higher price. Today, it appears the sky's the limit when it comes to the rarer gold trimmed, decorated jars. In 1995, another Shawnee Pottery Company began selling cookie jars, which should not be confused with the vintage Shawnee company. This company has also been advertised as "The New Shawnee Pottery Company".


Shawnee Smiley Pig Cookie Jar

gold trim buttons on front and back including "Smiley" name on chest gold trim intact with slight wearing on buttons w the head meets the body. floral sprays over belly all flowers intact with no wearing. yellow neckerchief shows 2 flea specs and original paint drip in back under glazing. red hooves shows wear only under base of jar. ivory body one small prong/kiln mark on back of head under glazing. n umerous flea specs and tiny bubbles under glazing.

CONDITION: Overall jar is in excellant condition. No visible cracks or crazing. Several chips only w the head meets the body and all are not seen when the head and body are together.

The noted areas above do not detract from the beauty or charm of the jar, but I wanted to mention them so the item is described accurately.

SIZE: 11 1/4" high, 8 1/2" wide

Please email me if you would like additional information or additional pictures.

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