New Pottery Marked McCoy
There is a lot of new pottery in the market marked McCoy. Like previous batches of new McCoy, this group consists of direct copies of genuine McCoy originals and items that were never made by McCoy.
Marks on the new pieces are identical to marks on authentic McCoy. Several variations appeared on our samples and included several sizes as well as the use of USA in the mark.
The copies of original McCoy shapes are the most troubling. Molds used to make the new pieces were taken from authentic samples. Pieces made in the new molds are virtually identical to the originals except for size. But who remembers the sizes from reference books? You just need to be very careful and be aware that reproductions are out there.
All the new McCoy pieces shown in this article are available in five colors: pink, aqua, green, yellow and cobalt. Only cobalt is a color not widely used in original McCoy production. The other new colors are fairly close to McCoy's original colors. Although the great majority of original frog planters were green, some variation does exist among authentic examples. Size remains the best test for the pieces copied from originals. Prices for these pieces of new McCoy range from $5 to $12 per item.
Figs. 1-4 New pottery figures marked McCoy include this 4½-inch elephant bank with GOP on the side and a frog sprinkler. There is no original vintage counterpart to the elephant. The frog is a direct copy of a vintage original, but the original frog was made as a planter only, never as a sprinkler (Fig. 7).
Figs. 5-6 This wall vase/planter marked McCoy is a fantasy piece, no similar original was ever made by McCoy.
Fig. 7 New frog planter marked McCoy. This is a direct copy of a vintage original. Original frog planters are about 8 inches across. The new frog planter is only about 7 5/8 inches across.
Fig. 8 New basket weave-style planter marked McCoy. No similar original was ever made (see Fig. 9)
Fig. 9 This is an original basket weave McCoy planter. Note that the weave runs diagonally, the old pattern also includes leaves.
Fig. 10 Raised molded McCoy mark on the new Scottie planter shown in Fig. 11.
Fig. 11 New Scottie planter marked McCoy. This is a direct copy of a vintage original. The original McCoy Scottie planter is nearly 8 inches wide. The new planter is only a little over 7 inches wide.
Fig. 12 New teapot shape wall pocket/planter marked McCoy. No vintage original shape like this was made by McCoy. This is a fantasy piece.
Fig. 13 Raised molded McCoy mark on the back of the teapot wall pocket/planter.
Figs. 14-16 New Little Red Riding Hood head vase marked McCoy. All original vintage collectible Little Red Riding Hood was marketed by Hull Pottery, not McCoy. But Hull never made any vintage original piece like this in its Red Riding Hood line; this is a fantasy item.
Figs. 17-19 New Little Red Riding Hood wall vase/planter marked McCoy. This piece is a direct copy of a vintage original sold by Hull Pottery, not McCoy. An original Hull is shown in Fig. 19. Note that the hanging hole is about the size of a dime. New hanging holes are between the size of a quarter and fifty-cent piece.