Twin Winton Cookie Jars

twin winton cookie jars Ranger Beartwin winton cookie jars Mother GooseTwin brothers Don and Ross Winton were first introduced to making ceramics while attending high school in Pasadena, California. Their first experience in the commercial world of art ceramics began in 1936 a small rented cottage as a joint venture with Helen Burke who hand painted and sold the creations of the 17 year old brothers. The early art ceramics of the Burke-Winton firm, as it was known then, soon proved to be a success with locals and tourists alike.

This success inspired the sill youthful brothers to withdraw from their partnership with Burke and strike out on their own in 1939. Their new endeavor, however, was interrupted by World War II as both Don and Ross enlisted for military service in 1943.

In 1946 the Twin Winton Ceramics was reformed in Pasadena, and older brother Bruce Winton joined the firm as business manager. Early production specialized mostly in kitchen artware, focusing on salt and pepper shakers, napkin rings, spoon rests, mugs, and ashtrays. The first cookie jars began appearing in 1951.

In 1952 Don and Ross sold their interests in the firm to Bruce and struck out as freelance designers. Their designs began showing up in various local firms as well as some well known major cookie jar manufacturers. The most famous of these being the Brush Pottery company of Roseville, Ohio, whose cookie jars designed by the Wintons represent perhaps the ones most held in esteem by today's collectors.

Meanwhile, Bruce as sole owner of the Twin Winton Ceramics Co. moved the plant to El Monte, California. The firm under his guidance operated successfully during the 1950s and in 1964 another move was necessitated by the need to expand. This time Bruce chose to purchase a plant in San Juan Capistrano, California, where it remained very active in cookie jar output until it was forced to close in 1974. Many of the molds were sold to Treasure Craft, which accounts for some of the duplicate designs.

Identifying Vintage Twin Winton Cookie Jars

You can usually identify Twin Winton cookie jars by the cartoon like characters in matte brown tones that the company seemed to favor. Also almost all of their jars where marked with the Twin Winton name, either incised or ink stamped.

Vintage Twin Winton Cookie Jar Prices

As is true of all collectibles the "law of supply and demand" controls prices, and Twin Winton cookie jars are no exception. Some of the more common jars, such as "Mouse on Clock" and "Baby Elephant" can readily be found for under $30, while the harder to find jars like "Keystone Cop" or "Cowboy Rabbit" have been known to command prices in the $75 to $150 price range.

One of the easiest ways to get an idea of the value of a particular jar, or to find out how much yours may be worth, is to see if any others like it have sold recently on eBay. And if so at what price? Do this by going to eBay Here , and clicking on the 'advanced search' button at the top of the menu bar. This will bring you to a more detailed search screen. Enter your cookie jar description and manufacturer, such as "Twin Winton Mother Goose Cookie Jar" then check the 'completed listings only' box and hit enter. This will bring up a list of all jars that fit your description sold on eBay during the last month with the prices they sold for. (PLEASE NOTE: You must be a logged in member of eBay to use this feature. If you are not a member, sign up is FREE and you can do it here.)

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It is important to note that the following cookie jars are auction listings, over which this site has no control with respect to their vintage authenticity. Collectors should take the precautions outlined in "Fakes and Counterfeits" prior to bidding on any vintage cookie jar over $100.

Vintage 1960 Cookie Jar Park Ranger Bear ceramic by Twin Winton

Vintage 1960 Cookie Jar Park Ranger Bear ceramic by Twin Winton

Price: $39.99 (0 Bids)
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Twin Winton Raccoon Bandit Cookie Jar Vintage Made in USA

Twin Winton Raccoon Bandit  Cookie Jar Vintage Made in USA

Price: $35.00 (0 Bids)
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