McCoy Pottery Collectors' Society
He continued with the company until when he left to take the reigns as general manager of Shawnee Pottery , a competitor with Hull. Lateefah Wright - Finisher from through At that time the pottery became known as the Brush Pottery Company. See also "LB" - a different finisher. Submit You can unsubscribe at any time. Handthrown pieces will most often have throwers initial or initials, and original.
During the five years, Designer Accents operated the pottery it experienced continuing decreased sales, and finally, the company closed in the fall of Curtis is an accomplished silversmith. Mark Sucharski used 3 marks. There are good reference books. Unknown - appears with glazer mark II. We don't pretend that the following is a complete and concise listing of all bottom marks. Rona Sellers - Known to have finished pieces in the mid 's.
After the turn of the century, J. The hand-scribed mark found on this line is shown above. In April , a fire destroyed the pottery, and in addition, the entire stock of pottery ready to be shipped was lost. Reconstruction began immediately, and after about seven months or so limited pottery production was achieved. But, construction continued until February , which was a total of ten months before the new pottery was completed. A company catalog, dated , was issued, and it is the oldest known J.
This is also strange, however, the line is known to be characterized by a dark brown glaze, with an underlying orange color exposed in diagonal streaks. Some typical marks found on these two lines are shown below. In the catalog there are 66 pictures of different designs presented.
In addition, some pieces of this line have diagonal orange streaks on the reverse side. How the issue date was determined is unknown, since the next known J. McCoy catalog is dated Although the date that these four lines were first produced may be questioned due to the lack company records, it does seem likely that the issue date falls between and before The four lines have been found marked as shown below.
The products the J. McCoy pottery produced after this, and until , are largely unknown. But, the catalog pictured many different lines, and a vast assortment of pieces.
In a section of the book the J. McCoy pottery is described, along with the products it was currently producing. As can be seen, the pottery was still engaged in the production of numerous utilitarian stoneware in , but also that the Mat Green and the Loy-Nel-Art lines were in existence at that time. Since the two art pottery lines were named and mentioned first, it appears likely that was the year the two lines were introduced.
In , Albert Cusick, who was the chief designer at the time, produced his first design — the Corn Line. His incised name can be found on pitcher and mug handles, or on the bottom of other pieces. His signature may also be found on some of the finest, earliest art pottery lines. This provides another means to identify J.
McCoy, and later Brush—McCoy as the maker of the pottery. In November , George Brush became the majority stockholder of the J. Very many of the pieces produced by the Brush-McCoy pottery, as in the case of the J. McCoy pottery, had no identifying marks at all. Relatively early though, the procedure of marking their wares with a style number was adopted.
These solitary numbers were incised into the into the body of the ware. Two examples are below. It appears that the management at the pottery now favored a more consistent marking of their wares with style numbers, rather than the previous policy of using line names on some pieces. It is strange that the new policy did not include the use of the pottery name. There are only two cases in published references where the Brush-McCoy pottery used a line name.
The first was in , when an ink stamp was used to inform that the piece was Navarre. The second was in the Vogue Line, which was also an ink stamp. The Vogue mark was unique in that it also showed the maker — the Brush-McCoy pottery. This is the only published case where Brush-McCoy included its name in a permanent mark.
McCoy assumed after was basically that of a stockholder. For the last couple of years or so, a major part of J. Also during this time, J. The V in Van Briggle was altered after his death. Shape numbers are still used. No more clay types. Shape numbers, but Colo. Springs has now been added. Later in , the date was dropped, and finisher numbers were added on each side of the logo.
This was a pretty consistent marking throughout this period. Not to be confused with numbers used in the 40's's timeframe which are batch numbers, no shape number was used then either. Most have just the VB logo, and the date. A few will have a design numbers. Combinations of block and script lettering, Finisher initials and batch numbers appear.
Imsges: dating hull pottery marks
Springs has now been added. Unknown - Known to have finished gloss pieces after
I have seen unknowledgeable people buy "new", assuming it is old, and pay a hefty price for it.
With some text and some pictures, I will try and explain "dating" Van Briggle pottery. These labels were generally notifications to the consumer. Michael Cowles - Known to have finished dating hull pottery marks in through See also MC - will have similar "gothic" style of printing. Ethel Owen - Known to have finished pieces from to Dating hull pottery marks Wills - Single initial used from until approx. Fred Wills with unknown finisher "D". At that time the pottery amrks known as the Brush Pottery Company.
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