A wonderful Friar Tuck cookie jar, made by Red Wing Pottery in 1943. The creamy light beige and brown jar reads “THOU SHALT NOT STEAL” on a banner across the bottom of the friar’s robes.
Encised on the bottom, “RED WING U.S.A.”, and black stamped, “Red Wing POTTERY - HAND PAINTED”, with the company’s big wing logo.
Measures 10-1/4 inches (including lid) x 7-1/4 inches wide x 7-1/4 deep (front to back.
This old cookie jar has a couple of condition issues. There is a hairline crack on the jar top down the shoulder which is hard to see but can be felt with a fingernail. Also a small chip on one sleeve edge. Will still display well or hold another generation of cookies.
HISTORIQUE: The Friar Tuck cookie jar was introduced by Red Wing in 1941. Price lists from 1942, 1943 and 1944 show them as being available in blue, yellow, and tan colors. An undated brochure, probably from the mid to late 1940s adds green as an available color. Production continued into the mid-1950s.
Red Wing pottery refers to American stoneware, pottery, or dinnerware items made by a company initially set up in Red Wing, Minnesota, in 1861 by German immigrant John Paul, which changed its names several times until finally settling on Red Wing Potteries, Inc. in 1936.
RED WING Pottery Beige Friar Tuck Cookie Jar Thou Shalt Not Steal