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Treasure Hunt 11/30/2017


12/07/17



Dear Donna, 

I’m always intrigued by your Treasure Hunt response in The Hippo. I’m 55 and this cookie jar was in my family before I was born but I don’t have its history. My kids think it’s creepy and want me to get rid of it but memories of growing up keep it firmly on my shelf. Have you seen any like it? There is no writing or stamp of any kind. The crack on the cover isn’t from any damage that I know of. There is one small chip out of the cover, underneath, as you can see. 
Jeanne 
 
Dear Jeanne, 
What you have is a Cow Jumping Over The Moon (as in “Hey Diddle Diddle”) cookie jar. It looks to be in great shape for being heavily used in it’s time. I think to find them in mint condition would mean there must have been some awful cookies in them!
This cookie jar was made by the Robinson-Ransbottom Pottery Co. of Roseville, Ohio. People do confuse this name with Roseville Pottery but it’s actually two different companies. They say that all of their items were marked with the R.R.P. but sometimes it’s tough to see because it’s hidden on the bottom in deep glaze.
Even though I think yours in is good condition, the rules are always the same for evaluating: you look at the item, rarity and condition. So with yours having some age damage and natural wear (crazing in the glaze, which comes from tiny cracks that water seeps into when washing), I would say it’s in the $200 range. I would suggest, though, that you do some more research on it now that you have a start.

Donna Welch has spent more than 20 years in the antiques and collectibles field and owns From Out Of The Woods Antique Center in Goffstown (fromoutofthewoodsantiques.com). She is an antiques appraiser and instructor. To find out about your antique or collectible, send a clear photo of the object and information about it to Donna Welch, From Out Of The Woods Antique Center, 465 Mast Road, Goffstown, N.H., 03045. Or email her at footwdw@aol.com. Or drop by the shop (call first, 624-8668). 





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