Vintage Mid Century Mid-Century MCM American Bisque Collegiate Owl Cookie Biscuit Jar 1950 1950s USA ceramic pottery clay adorable cottageware cottage shabby chic kitsch kitschy china porcelain hand painted detailed tableware housewares tea coffee unique gift home decor flea market style kitchen countertop Antique Store Shop Seller Community Hamilton Toronto Canada
Vintage Mid Century Mid-Century MCM American Bisque Collegiate Owl Cookie Biscuit Jar 1950 1950s USA ceramic pottery clay adorable cottageware cottage shabby chic kitsch kitschy china porcelain hand painted detailed tableware housewares tea coffee unique gift home decor flea market style kitchen countertop Antique Store Shop Seller Community Hamilton Toronto Canada
Vintage Mid Century Mid-Century MCM American Bisque Collegiate Owl Cookie Biscuit Jar 1950 1950s USA ceramic pottery clay adorable cottageware cottage shabby chic kitsch kitschy china porcelain hand painted detailed tableware housewares tea coffee unique gift home decor flea market style kitchen countertop Antique Store Shop Seller Community Hamilton Toronto Canada
Vintage Mid Century Mid-Century MCM American Bisque Collegiate Owl Cookie Biscuit Jar 1950 1950s USA ceramic pottery clay adorable cottageware cottage shabby chic kitsch kitschy china porcelain hand painted detailed tableware housewares tea coffee unique gift home decor flea market style kitchen countertop Antique Store Shop Seller Community Hamilton Toronto Canada
Vintage Mid Century Mid-Century MCM American Bisque Collegiate Owl Cookie Biscuit Jar 1950 1950s USA ceramic pottery clay adorable cottageware cottage shabby chic kitsch kitschy china porcelain hand painted detailed tableware housewares tea coffee unique gift home decor flea market style kitchen countertop Antique Store Shop Seller Community Hamilton Toronto Canada
Vintage Mid Century Mid-Century MCM American Bisque Collegiate Owl Cookie Biscuit Jar 1950 1950s USA ceramic pottery clay adorable cottageware cottage shabby chic kitsch kitschy china porcelain hand painted detailed tableware housewares tea coffee unique gift home decor flea market style kitchen countertop Antique Store Shop Seller Community Hamilton Toronto Canada
Vintage Mid Century Mid-Century MCM American Bisque Collegiate Owl Cookie Biscuit Jar 1950 1950s USA ceramic pottery clay adorable cottageware cottage shabby chic kitsch kitschy china porcelain hand painted detailed tableware housewares tea coffee unique gift home decor flea market style kitchen countertop Antique Store Shop Seller Community Hamilton Toronto Canada
Vintage Mid Century Mid-Century MCM American Bisque Collegiate Owl Cookie Biscuit Jar 1950 1950s USA ceramic pottery clay adorable cottageware cottage shabby chic kitsch kitschy china porcelain hand painted detailed tableware housewares tea coffee unique gift home decor flea market style kitchen countertop Antique Store Shop Seller Community Hamilton Toronto Canada
Vintage Mid Century Mid-Century MCM American Bisque Collegiate Owl Cookie Biscuit Jar 1950 1950s USA ceramic pottery clay adorable cottageware cottage shabby chic kitsch kitschy china porcelain hand painted detailed tableware housewares tea coffee unique gift home decor flea market style kitchen countertop Antique Store Shop Seller Community Hamilton Toronto Canada
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Vintage American Bisque Collegiate Owl Cookie Jar, USA

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Owl lovers everywhere, here is an awesome mid-century vintage collegiate owl cookie jar just for you! Wonderfully detailed and large enough for lots of cookies. Made by American Bisque, circa 1958.

Pretty amazing condition for a piece of ceramics that is 60+ years old! Overall condition is excellent, free from visible chips or cracks. There is crazing appropriate for a piece of this age. One craze line leads to the lid's rim, but it does not go through the ceramic (photo 5). 

Measures 7-5/8"  x 7-5/8"  x 11-1/4"

1919 - 1982
American Bisque Co.
Williamstown, WV

"American Bisque cookie jars are second only to McCoy Potteries in the number produced. It started in business during WWI in Williamstown West Virginia in 1919 as a Kewpie doll manufacturer as these were prohibited from being imported from Germany during that time. They later expanded to the production of lamps, planters and vases, bowls, serving dishes, ashtrays, kitchenware, and eventually the colorful cookie jars valued by collectors today.

In 1937 the plant was flooded, by the Ohio River. After being reopened it was struck by fire and completely destroyed in 1945. The plant had to be entirely rebuilt from scratch. Years of decline and a sagging market forced American Bisque to be sold in 1982, to Bipin Mizra who operated the plant as American China Company for the sole production of airline chinaware. However in 1983 to doors of the American Bisque factory closed for good.

Very few American Bisque cookie jars are solid colors. They shied away from fruits and vegetables, too, opting instead for a vast array of airbrushing colors and designs that favored animals, people and cartoon characters. Today many collectors cherish the more detailed designs and relief of American Bisque cookie jars over McCoy.

Identifying American Bisque cookie jars can often be frustrating. In most cases they did not mark their jars with anything other than a simple "USA", or occasionally a number. Others were marked with the abbreviation "A.B. Co.". Some jars left the plant with paper labels that have long since disappeared. However you can usually identify American Bisque cookie jars by their unique large wedge shapes on the bottoms."

This company was not originally started by the Allen family, but it was purchased by B.E. Allen in 1922 and it remained in the Allen family until 1982. The factory closed its doors in 1983. American Bisque is responsible for many of the rare collectible cookie jars that we find today.

The American Bisque Pottery, operating in Williamstown, West Virginia from 1919 to 1982, and the American Pottery Company produced popular cookie jars, ashtrays, doorstops, sprinkle bottles, banks, planters, lamps and much more."

Sources:
* Williamstown WV History FB page
* American Bisque Collectors
* The Collector's Encyclopedia of Cookie Jars