|Grandma's Planter ~Royal Copley? probably|
As I was watering this week, I realized I have a large number of bird planters. Most of them are antiques, the above one from my Grandma. She had an Opuntia growing in it on her South windowsill for as long as I can remember. I inherited it and immediately removed the cactus. I still have that, as well, but in a different container. I feel that antique plant pots really shouldn't have plants in them. Of course, that's just my opinion. Many of them are worth some money, and putting dirt and water in them really hinders keeping them in pristine condition. I don't plan on selling them, so I guess it really doesn't matter. The little bird from Grandma was my first bird planter aquisition and I've been collecting them since then. I love birds and plants, so why not collect something that combines both.
|McCoy nest with birds.|
|Wall pockets. McCoy, Shawnee, and Royal Copley.|
|McCoy cuckoo clock wall pocket.|
|Czechoslovakian nest wall pocket.|
|Shawnee wall pocket~a little damaged.|
|How cute is this cockatiel on a stump?|
|Various swan planters.|
Nelson McCoy Sanitary Stoneware Co. was founded in April 1910 by J.W. McCoy and his son Nelson in Roseville, OH. In the late 20's and 30's berry and leaf motifs dominated and Mr. Bauer was the head designer. In the mid 30's Mr Cope came to the company and became the head designer. His designs were the many of the quirky planters. In 1990, McCoy pottery ceased operation. You can still find many affordable pieces today.
The Shawnee Pottery Company was in existence from 1937-1961. They were named after the Shawnee Indian Tribe. A lot of their pottery sold in "five and dimes" such as Woolworth, Kresge, and Ben Franklin. Sears also had them make a line for them.
Royal Copley was around from 1930-1960's. I've found in my search, that most of my planters are Royal Copley. They were based in Sebring, OH. Birds were the most popular figure and over 500 dozen were made each day. Most were made to hold plants and soil, so many are stained, crazed, and have spider webbing.
|Robin planter in my favorite color!|
|This is a newer piece, but cute for Easter.|
|Shawnee wall pocket.|
Even if birds aren't your thing, there are many types of containers out there that you might be interested in. Go to your local antique shop or E-Bay to find the ones that talk to you and start your collection.