American Bisque Pottery

American Bisque Yogi Bear
Yogi Bear. Bill Correll

As a maker of Kewpie doll heads, sold to B.E. Allen in 1922 and stayed with the Allen family until sold in 1982.

Williamstown, West Virginia

Was the location of the factory.


Large wedge shapes on the bottom of the jars are one way to tell an American Bisque jar. Many jars are marked with U.S.A. and sometimes with a mold number. Airbrushing is common on American Bisque jars and adds to their distinctive look.

Pottery Marks includes American Bisque jars.

Confusing Genealogy

As with several other pottery companies, the history gets a little fuzzy. Pottery companies that were intertwined with American Bisque include American Pottery, Ludowici-Celadon, and Terrace Ceramics. To further complicate the history, American Bisque made and decorated jars that were (then) distributed by Cardinal China Company.


Planters, banks, pitchers and cookie jars are some of American Bisque's popular products.

Fakes and Reproductions

As with many of pottery companies, reproductions are also a problem when dealing with American Bisque jars. Especially beware of the higher priced jars such as Casper, Audrey, the Flintstones jars and the Popeye series. One of the best ways to distinguish a reproduction is by the size, most of them are anywhere from 1/2" - 1" shorter than the legitimate jar. Also look for details on the paintings, facial features, etc. Before spending big bucks, compare, compare and compare.

Cookie Jar Pictures

Baby Huey

Yogi Bear

Donald Duck


The Bottom Line

One of the more prolific producers of cookie jars, American Bisque jars are well-made, heavy jars and an asset to any collection. There are numerous jars to choose from, including many licensed pieces, with prices ranging from $50. to over $1000. One of the rarest of them all is the Herman and Katnip jar licensed by Harvey Cartoons. I've personally seen the jar for sale three times, once for $7,000., once for $10,000 and an auction held by where the final price was over $10,000.