Q: I believe I have a smiling rabbit like on your page It says W25 on the bottom could you tell me what it is worth?
thank you, Kathy
A: Hi Kathy,
It’s hard to say, a lot depends on condition and I am not an appraiser. The vintage cookie jar “Smiley Chef Rabbit” is a Brush cookie jar and if yours has the mark W25 which was associated with Twin Winton who design several jars for Brush, then it sounds like you have one too. There were different colors produced however; a white one and gray one like mine. I get most of my information from the internet just doing Google searches, but if you really want or need a value for selling or insurance then you will need to contact an appraiser to look at your jar.
Below is the description and information I have gathered for the jar that I am selling on Etsy;
Brush Pottery Co. at one time was partnered with McCoy in Ohio until 1925. After which Brush Pottery Co. continued to make wonderful designs and were known for their well made, heavy pottery with beautiful colors. Many Brush cookie jars as with this design, were sculpted by Don Winton of Twin Winton. Distinctive marks are found as “W25 USA” on bottom of jars. Brush Cookie Jars will add character, charm and whimsy to any pottery collection
Beautiful bright colors, no fading and very clean. Very detailed with great definition. Airbrush painting technique and heat glazed, it still retains luster and shine. No cold painting on this jar. There is a small chip in the lid of this jar, found on the bottom right, as seen in the 4th picture. Also found on top of chefs hat is a glaze crack from age. There is some crazing from age, that’s to be expected with vintage glazes.
This precious bowl licking bunny is indeed marked with
“W 25 USA” stamped on bottom , a trademark of Brush Pottery designed by Winton. Mark is very faint and hard to see in picture. Will try to get a better shot to show impression.
Brush Pottery Co. made more than one variety of “Smiling Chef Bunny” one is white and the other like the featured listing is gray with cream chefs hat, aqua neck sash, yellow bowl and aqua spoon. Both are large in size.
Condition – Excellent with two minor flaws
Size – 13″height x 9.5″ width x 9″ depth (bowl to tail)
Weight – 6.2lbs [shipping weight will be more with packing]
Colors – Gray,Cream, Rose Pink, Aqua, Black
You can find a ton of info about vintage cookie jars on About.com…great source and then obviously the specific sites for the companies. Just Google Brush Pottery Co and you will have at least a days worth of reading…so many rabbit holes to follow too.
Hope this helped you…please share what you find out too. I would love to hear.