The Real McCoy!Interests | March 03, 2015 | Nik Manojlovich
On the hunt for the real McCOY!
I’ve always had an appreciation for unusual pottery pieces and I think it’s all thanks to my amazing Aunt Liz. She was an amazing lady! I remember visiting her home as a young boy and noticing colourful pottery pieces here and there throughout her home. I loved the different colours and designs in her collection, and the way she always placed them out simply to brighten up a particular spot in her home.
Years later, when I began going to garage sales and, antique markets, I started noticing similar pieces pretty much everywhere. Better still, each time I flipped a piece over to check out the hallmark, the same name kept appearing. It wasn’t long before I realized – I had a thing for McCoy.
The J.W. McCoy Pottery Company started production of their distinctive pottery pieces in 1899 and continued to do so until 1990. For almost 100 years McCoy pottery pieces became the mainstay for those of us looking for planters, pitchers, vases, mugs, display bowls, flower pots, cookie jars, tea sets and so much more.
Things I love:
The Design – McCoy pottery runs the full gamut, from animal and flower motifs to Greek and Roman designs.
The Colors – I love the wide range of colours – from solid pastels in pale green, pink, turquoise and yellow, to their more elegant multicoloured painted designs.
The Hallmark – Pieces were machine made and the hallmark was often incorporated in the design. I look for the hallmark where the “M” and “c” are entwined, followed by the “C” and “o” overlapping.
Some people seek out McCoy pieces produced in just one solid colour, and then, solely collect that colour. This creates a really stunning look when you see all of the pieces displayed together. A monochromatic collection of McCoy is a great idea.
Others like to collect pieces that serve the same function. This allows you to build a collection of McCoy vases, or planters or the ultimate, a McCoy cookie jar collection.
You might decide to collect McCoy as I have. If for whatever reason you see a piece and it gets your heart thumping, negotiate a fair price, and snatch it up.
McCoy – The pottery most collectors love collecting!
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