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Original Shawnee cookie jar in excellent condition although there is one bubble pop on top of his head that resembles a small freckle & what appears to be a manufacturers spot on the edge of the base. Please see all photos. Price is reflective of both the 'freckle' and the spot underneath the jar lid on the rim. Otherwise no chips, cracks, crazing or repairs. Absolutely delightful! Looks just like he did when he was new. Stands 11 1/4" tall and Guaranteed to be an original Shawnee Smiley Pig from the 1940's-1950's. This wonderful cookie jar was made by the Shawnee Pottery Co. of Zanesville, Ohio which was founded in 1937.
*****I noticed a spot that is appearing in the photos on his left eye. It is not a defect or blemish, it was a smudge of dirt that I did not see until reviewing the photos........Sorry about that!********
Now for some online history on SHAWNEE-
"Shawnee took over an old American Tiling Building. It is said that the company's name was inspired by an arrowhead found on the property, and it was thought that there was once a Shawnee village on the factory site. Shawnee made its first cookie jars in 1937 as part of the solid-color "Valencia" dinnerware line made for Sears and Roebuck. Shawnee, however, is most famous for its figural jars, and these did not appear until 1942. The inspiration for these figural cookie jars came from a children's book that had a picture of a smiling pig in overalls. Rudy Ganz, the chief designer at Shawnee, thought this was amusing and had a model made that he initially intended to produce as salt and pepper shakers, but decided later it would serve best as a cookie jar.
"Smiley," as the pig was called, is probably the most famous of the Shawnee cookie jars, and "Smiley" pig salt and pepper shakers can also be found. Besides "Smiley," Shawnee applied for patents on "Jack" ("Dutch Boy"), "Jill" ("Dutch Girl"), "Jumbo" ("Sitting Elephant"), and "Jack Tar" ("Sailor") in 1942. The cookie jar belonging to P.W. is properly called "Drum Major" or "Drummer Boy," and it was created in 1948."
The Smiley Cookie jar for sale here has no gold trim, which means it is a first-quality piece made and entirely decorated at Shawnee.
More info that I found online:
"If it had gold trim, it would have been a second-quality that had some sort of flaw and was sold by Shawnee to an outside decorator who applied the gold and then sold the piece in a specialty or gift shop. It might be supposed that these "seconds" decorated with gilding or other non-factory embellishments would be less valuable than the first-quality specimens that are not gilded, but that is not the case.
A non-gilded, first quality Shawnee "Drum Major" cookie jar should be valued for insurance purposes in the $600 to $700 range if it is still in perfect condition. But the second-quality jar with the addition of the gilding is worth more than $1,000 and can go as high as $1,300. This is because of the rarity of these gilded pieces."
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Item ID: 730H-013
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