I’ve noticed a rash of ads on eBay lately for obviously fake Winnie Pig cookie jars that tout in bold type the jar advertised is “100% GENUINE” and “FULL HEIGHT”. Since StoryBook Ceramics began offering a full size Shawnee style Smiley Pig last year, I suppose it was only a matter of time until the counterfeiters began looking in earnest for a way to follow suit.
The result of their efforts can only be classified as a phyrric victory. Yes, the jar is apparently now the full number of inches required to call it “Full Height”, however, the downside is how it was accomplished. Viva, the incredible stretching cookie jar.
As an example, you can see a comparison of two cookie jars in our Gallery section:
The first jar is a genuine Shawnee Winnie Pig cookie jar. The second jar is a fake Winnie pig cookie jar. In order to increase the height of the fake jar, the body of the Winnie has been squeezed, making the jar taller and thinner. A second alteration was done to her hat, tilting the brim upward to give the piece another ¼ to ½ inch in size. The result is a full size, but deformed, Winnie cookie jar. Buyer Beware.