Twin Winton Monk Cookie Jar & Salt & Pepper Shakers Cal

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  • Item Category: Ceramics
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Oct 14,2007
  • Channel: Online Auction

Twin Winton Monk Cookie Jar & Salt & Pepper Shakers Calif.

Description: Up for auction is a rare set of Monk's by Twin Winton, cookie jar, reads: Thou shall not steal, salt and peppers are complete with stoppers.

Information on The Winton twins Don and Ross:

In high school the twins had a profitable business selling clay cartoon animals. Apparently good enough to make the Disney folks take notice.

Winton was a good friend and football teammate of Jackie Robinson. He loves to tell the story of how Jackie played four sports in school and that baseball was not the sport Robinson excelled in.

Still in high school, Don worked for Busch gardens making gnomes for their shop.

Twin Winton Studios was started in 1938 by the twin brothers-- making and manufacturing small animals.

In 1947 Don did a sculpture of the winner of the Rose Queen title, Norma Christopher - who later became his wife.

It was at this time that Don and Norma became friends with Bob Hope, the Grand Marshall of the parade -- he even gave them a wedding present. Years later, Don felt honored to be chosen to sculpt a Bob Hope statue for the Sahara Hotel.

Also that year (1947) was the start of the well-known Twin Winton Hillbilly series.

In 1952 the boys sold their company to older brother Bruce and Don became the only designer for Twin Winton. He freelanced for Twin Winton, along with a multitude of other companies.

Don Winton has been commissioned by Disney for various projects for over 45 years, starting back around 1954. Don "The first thing I did was a model of the Castle, it was before Disneyland was built. It was a playpen type of thing about four feet in diameter and made out of plastic. I've done all of their characters over the years, even Steamboat Willie".

His commissions read like the yellow pages of American Business - including Franklin Mint, Alberta Ceramics, American Bisque, Revell Toys, Frito Co., Bacardi Rum, Gerber Toys, Scripto, the movie Ben Hur (coins), Bob's Big Boy, Brayton Laguna Pottery, Brush Pottery, Kenner Toys, Kool Aid, Carnation, Mattel Toy Company, Chicken of the Sea, Coca Cola, Colgate, Van De Kemp, Disneyland, Duncan Royal, Pan American Airlines, Hanna Barbera, Hagen-Renaker Disney Characters, Ford, and Howard Johnsons.

A lengthy, more complete list can be found in "Collector's Guide to Don Winton Designs".

Don Winton has sculpted a series of one-of-kind cookie jars, one per year, that have been auctioned off at an annual cookie jar event. His last jar was sold in 2002 for $4000 to the president of a well-known athletic shoe company.

Dateline: May 1999

The past few years Don Winton has designed and created a cookie jar to be auctioned off on Saturday night after closing time at the annual Nashville Cookie Jar Show. This year he certainly outdid himself, with the best jar of all!

This jar depicts Don and his brother, Ross, in their first car. Don is, of course, in the driver's seat! In the back of the car are many of the whimsical animal designs the Wintons are famous for. A terrific jar with a wonderful story. The jar was purchased by the Wuttkes for their cookie jar museum.

The purchase price was $9000.

Measurement approx in inches : cookie jar 12 in tall x 6.5 on bottom, shakers 6 in tall x 2.75 across bottom

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Condition : Shakers are in excellent condition, light crazing on pepper, cookie jar has crazing on the bottom, and a very small nick on the inside rim. No other issues with this wonderful set

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