McCoy Pottery Planter Mystery

I’ve been wanting to use a green pottery vase in a tablescape, but I can’t figure out if it’s old and unmarked or whether it’s just a cheap florist’s piece that’s just vintage.

GotMyReservations Green Pottery Planter 1

The planter came from my parents’ collection of stuff and I think the planter might be McCoy. It’s got the right type of color in the green glaze and the era is probably right for McCoy. The handmade holes for hanging it up also seem appropriate for a vintage piece. I’m originally from southwestern Ohio, and my family had other McCoy pieces that can be identified.

GotMyReservations Green Pottery Planter No MarkThe bottom doesn’t have any markings and I don’t know enough about McCoy to know if other pieces are like this. I’ve scoured Google images and haven’t seen anything that compares.

So — what do you think? Is it McCoy or not? Since the bloggers at Dawn’s party on We Call It Junkin’ are experts in vintage and antique pieces, I hope some of you can help me.



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7 thoughts on “McCoy Pottery Planter Mystery

  1. Hi Jennie! I’m sorry I can’t help you but it does look vintage to me. Hopefully a McCoy expert out there will be able to lend some information. At any rate, it’s very pretty!
    Dawn @ We Call It Junkin

  2. Hi,

    What you have is a chicken/poultry feeder — the nicest/fanciest one I’ve seen. This style is usually made out of galvanized metal or plastic. A glass jar (usually a Mason jar) goes on top, upside down. Some are made to screw on, but some have holes to put screws through to secure the jar. You fill the jar with food (usually cracked corn), put the base on, and when you tip it upside down, the food fills the base. The chickens eat the food from the holes in the base. As the food is eaten, more food is dispersed from the jar; kind of like the automatic waterers for dogs and cats.

    Back in the early nineties, here in Utah, they were a popular decorative item for the kitchen. They were filled with candy instead. Candy corn, in lieu of cracked corn, was especially popular. Sometimes people would tie raffia at the base of the jar to dress it up a bit. I had one in the house for candy and a bigger one outside for my chickens.

    I don’t know what McCoy is. Maybe they made chicken feeders too! I hope you’re not disappointed with this news.

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