StoryBook Ceramics : We Hate Fakes Too
Looking to purchase a McCoy Mammy Cookie Jar?
If you’re hoping to buy a vintage McCoy Pottery Company made Mammy Cookie Jar, you’ll definitely want to skip shopping on eBay!
We have watched as the percentage of fake ceramics to genuine ceramics, especially in the cookie jar category, has grown ever higher month after month. Legitimate sellers frustrated at having to compete with fraudulent sellers to sell their collectibles continue to leave eBay in droves. Now it appears this exodus has caused the fake/genuine ratio in some categories to hit critical mass.
Only six months ago, there were, on average, about 100 listings returned on any given day for the search “McCoy Mammy cookie jar”. Now the search results return about half that number, a 50% reduction with a devastating side effect.
Today, June 4, 2007, there are 42 items listed at the eBay auction site under the keyword search for “McCoy Mammy cookie jar”. Of these forty-two jars, an unbelievable forty-one of them are fakes!
Here is a screen shot of the listings, in case anyone would like to review or double check our judgment of the jars. I think the pictures speak for themselves.
I have a cookie jar that has been in my husbands family for a long time. It does have condition problems, the paint is flaking off. The paint was probably not original to the cookie jar, but was added later. Appears to be a lead base paint. I was planning on listing it on ebay. How can I be sure I'm not listing a fraud, other than the time it's been in the family? I would appreciate any help you are able to provide.
It is amazing to me, the number of fakes on ebay, not just in ceramics but in all collectables.
I have my childhood 'Mammy' cookie jar and am interested in posting her for sale or donating her.
"Mammy" was purchased in Coral Gables, FL in the early 1950's for $ 15-20.
The bottom of the cookie jar has the initial "D" carved into / inlaid in the ceramic bottom and an "X" in pencil.
The upper half of the cookie jar has a black "X" painted into the glaze of the inner lip of the lid.
Mammy has some missing paint flake spots.
My questions. How do I tell if she is 'real'? What is she worth? How do I post a photo? Where would I post an item like this that would be of interest to Mammy cookie jar collectors. I hate to donate and get rid of her if there is someone out there who will continue to love her. She brought our family a lot of joy but is aging in the attic!
Hey, this week on Collectors' Quest I am featuring folks who collect all kinds of cookie jars. One of our featured collectors is the presidents of the mccoy pottery society and has some interesting items up (including a mammy cookie jar)
Check it out http://www.collectorsquest....
this week on Collectors' Quest I am featuring folks who collect all kinds of cookie jars. One of our featured collectors is the presidents of the mccoy