What’s in a cookie jar that many would like to collect them? The young generations of today will hardly appreciate the real essence of a cookie jar. Nowadays, cookies hardly even see the inside of a cookie jar because they stay intact in built-in plastic trays that come along with their packaging. They stay nestled that way while inside refs until they are consumed. Depending on the number of brood who’ll raid the ref, most cookie stashes don’t even see the light of another day. So what’s a cookie jar for?
Cookie jars are for the collectors. Often, they are the ones who hold many childhood memories of cookies eaten right out of a cookie jar. The American cookie jar came from the British biscuit jar of the 1800s and back then they really served their purposes. Collectors are transported back in time when life was a lot simpler. After smelling all those baked goodies coming from the kitchen, a child often had the fun of discovering each of them in every cookie jar lined up in the kitchen counter.
Until collecting these jars became a fad and anyone who is into antique collection had to have even just the vintage editions in his collections. Collecting cookie jars may be easy; it’s the buying part that’s difficult. If you’re just new in this kind of hobby there are few things you should keep in mind before buying a cookie jar being passed off as antique or as an original.
The more you learn about the things you collect the less you buy because you will become more selective. Taking just the seller’s word for it is not enough; you should store your own information and know if you have really stumbled upon a rare and genuine cookie jar. Now if you’re into collecting because of its novelty or its representation of a particular theme or genre, you should also know what will make it worthless as a collector’s item.
Here are some tips you might find useful when checking out a cookie jar:
1. Unless it’s a rare specimen or an original, a cookie jar with a badly damaged rim or lid has very little appeal as a collector’s item. Run your fingers around the rim to have a feel of its smoothness.
2. A small chip in its interior which is not visible when the jar is lidded has less impact in its value than a visible chip in its exterior.
3. Jars without lids or whose lids are broken cannot command a reasonable price. If you’re in luck, you may want to checkout eBay’s “Spare Tops” section; you may be able to find a match for your lidless cookie jar.
4. The most popular pottery maker during the prolific cookie jar era was McCoy, thus, their designs are the most reproduced or faked and passed off as original. This was said to be the origination of the expression “the real McCoy”. You may want to checkout some collector’s website for information about real McCoy cookie jars or visit the American Cookie Jar Association.
5. Be savvier when it comes to cookie jar if you’re into buying collector’s pieces. Research the net for more information resources. Top pottery makers like McCoy, Hull, Shawnee, Treasure Craft and RRP provide a list of their designs from past to present and may have also included information about their distinctive pottery marks.
If you’re into collecting and storage is an issue, you may want to invest more on the rare and hard to find pieces. The sizes of these cookie jars are quite formidable and storing them in boxes can also make them vulnerable to breakages and damages.