[Mccoypottery-talk] Warman's Cookie Jars by Mark F. Moran
McCoyPottery.com List Mom
Wed, 2 Mar 2005 17:21:04 -0600
On Mar 2, 2005, at 4:54 PM, Kevin Reffitt wrote:
> Someone is NOT paying attention. McCoy never did a check apron, the
> collar was never painted, cookies should not be painted.
> Let me tell you...I've WATCHED Roger do that paint scheme. This is
> HIS jar. That counterfeit scheme is as common as dirt...all done by
> Roger Jensen.
> Look at 7303268392 and 7303060597 just as an example of this paint
> scheme. If you guys accept the jar on that cover, then you have just
> made ALL of Roger's check jars legitimate. This, I'm sure, will just
> make Roger's day...as that check pattern is his "pride and joy".
> If checks are acceptable, then no one should have a problem for this
> jar #3782178054 selling for $163.80
> Come on guys, I'm working too dang hard to educate people to accept
> "so called" experts doing what has just been done here. That author
> has just authenticated all Roger's jars done in that scheme.
> I'm outraged, and you should be also.
With all due respect, I am not sure I follow your logic here. The book
in question is called: "Warman's Cookie Jars: Identification And Price
• Paperback: 256 pages
• Publisher: Krause Publications (December 9, 2004)
• ISBN: 0873498011
• Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches
• Shipping Weight: 2.0 pounds.
I see nothing in product details about this book that say it is a book
about "McCoy" pottery. I see nothing that says it is about "fake" or
"reproduction" pottery. I see nothing that says it is about "antique"
or "authentic" pottery. Further to this, there is nothing on the cover
that says that the "Mammy" pictured is a McCoy, a Fake, a Jensen, or
otherwise. At first glance I see no false claims being made, and I see
nothing misleading. In fact there is nothing on the cover to indicate
that this book contains anything other than what it says it does;
"Cookie Jars". It's an identification and price guide for "cookie
jars". Not McCoy exclusively, but "cookie jars" in general.
Here are some editorial reviews from Amazon:
With their origins dating back to 18th Century British biscuit jars,
American-made cookie jars are fun, frivolous and fabulously
collectible. Cookie jars as we know them today were only popularized
in the U.S. around the time of the Great Depression. Today, stoneware
cookie jars made by Brush, Hull, McCoy and others are highly prized by
Featuring thousands of cookie jars by all the major manufacturers,
valued and captured in full color, Warman's Vintage Cookie Jars is the
most complete volume available for collectors. The book includes
history, current values, information on fakes and reproductions, marks
and much more. Presenting a visual and textual history of this unique
kitchen art form, this book will prove to be as wonderful as the treats
pulled from the cookie jars themselves."
So again, nothing here that is out of the ordinary. Nothing that makes
any claims that are outlandish. So the book is about "cookie jars",
all kinds of cookie jars in fact.
I have followed this thread quietly awaiting the outcome, but all along
I just assumed (it's the artist in me) that whoever the "artist" was
that put the book together wanted a nice "fresh", good looking and
highly recognizable cookie jar on the cover. They probably wanted it
to look new in keeping with a clean look on the cover. After all if
you were gonna buy a book about old muscle cars, would you want a old
beat up Mustang on the cover or some fully restored, and pristine
looking Mustang with all the bells and whistles.. Forget the fact that
the paint on the car pictured was not even made back then, or the tires
on the car pictured are not the original bias ply.
Anyway, I am fairly certain this is quite innocent, and not
intentional. I have word that this is in fact an actual McCoy Mammy
that is picture however, it has indeed been touched up for the photo.
If you look at a larger high quality picture of this jar (I have seen
one) you can clearly see that the quality is far and above anything
Jensen could possible squeak out of his basement.
If this were a book solely on McCoy Pottery or McCoy Cookie Jars and
this image were pictured, then I suppose I can see where someone would
take issue. As it stands, I am not really going to get bent out of
shape because of this photo. It's just not that big of a deal.
Purists aside, I just do not think it is a big deal.
The List Mom
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