My corny cookie jar is marked on the bottomShawnee/USA/66. But its colors do not match several other Shawnee jars I found on the Internet. Can you tell me why?
— S.C., Kansas City, Kan.
The Shawnee Pottery Company was formed in 1937 in Zanesville, Ohio. Named after an Indian tribe that lived in the area, Shawnee manufactured inexpensive, high-quality earthenware. The company perfected a bisque drying method that enabled decorating and glazing to be achieved in a single firing. Around 1940, a line of corn pieces were designed with a light green and white glaze. These white items earned limited sales. In 1945, the color scheme was changed to green and yellow and dubbed Corn King. Pop! It became a success. In 1954, the green became darker and the yellow became lighter; the items were named Corn Queen. Estimated value: Book value for your Corn King jar is $175 to $200. Examples in fine or better condition sell regularly on eBay for $135 to $160.
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