Dating mccoy pottery marks
The 1920s pieces are characterized by clay that is sandy colored with either a grainy appearance or a buff bottom.
Since the majority of collectors are interested in dating early examples of Van Briggle this discussion will focus on dating examples from the 1920s and earlier.
From the late '30s to the very early part of the '40s, these pieces were actually part of a product group called "Novelty Flower Holders and Planters".
However, collectors have labeled them with the 'stretch' designation and they will no doubt be always referenced as such. There are seven shapes in the series, including Pony (Horse), Goat (Standing), Butting or Ramming Goat, Dog, Hound (Dachshund), Large Lion, and Small Lion.
Van Briggle Pottery has the distinction of being one of the oldest companies still producing American art pottery to this day.
The production of contemporary art pottery by Van Briggle as well as the fact that the company did not maintain great consistency in its bottom markings can make it difficult for novice Van Briggle collectors to determine accurate dates of production.