On this McCoy Monday, I am sharing my oldest piece of McCoy pottery with you. The company was called Nelson McCoy in its early days. This piece was made in 1935 and is from the stoneware line – there is no mark on the bottom. I’ve rarely, if ever, seen a piece from this era. I was in Owensboro, Kentucky one day on a coaching job and I wandered into an antique store and saw this piece. The fact that it has a chip or two didn’t matter to me – I knew it was a gem. Actually, I rather like that it has been used and has a patina.
You can see the flower in the design – is it a water lily? I’ll have to do some more research. So many of you are collectors and I’m sure you, like me, love the story behind each piece you collect. What are the odds I would be in Owensboro, KY and happen upon this little gem? It now lives behind the glass doors of my china cabinet in the kitchen.
Have a great Monday!