Thursday, June 13, 2013

Corn King


My small Corn King collection.  (Three is a collection, right?)

Aren't these fun?

Dinnerware shaped like an ear of corn
was made by the Shawnee Pottery of Zanesville, OH from 1941-1961.

The first corn-ware was white.  (White Corn)
In 1946 the company changed to a more realistic yellow colored corn. (Corn King)
And in 1954 they switched again, to palest yellow with darker green husks. (Corn Queen)

Are you a corn collector, too?
I'd love to see a picture of your pieces. 


Recently a lot of reproduction pieces (fakes) have been made,
so it's important to learn about the glaze, the backstamps, etc...
Visit Doug's Corner  for lots of information on real vs fake.


42 comments:

  1. I'm not a collector of corn pottery, which is amazing since I'm so into themes. I have seen it in antique stores and admired it. I love the oblong dishes that hold an ear of corn, and the salt and pepper shakers. The dishes would set a cute summer tablescape. I can't remember if my mom had any pieces or not. I'm sure your collection will continue to grow.

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    1. The corn ware really is fun for summer of fall dining/decorating. I do have to take care not to let all of my collections grow too large.

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  2. I love those pottery pieces, looks like a collection to me. Very pretty.

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  3. That's what we say in our family! If you have three, you have a collection! We have lot's of collections:) I didn't know that pattern was made by Shawnee. I see it every now and then around here. Have a nice day! Twyla

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    1. I have lots and lots of collections, too, Twyla. Probably too many.

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  4. You have such a fun collection of items. I love looking at your blog.

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  5. I don't have any of this but I have visited Zanesville! When we had our motorhome, we stayed over night there in the nicest little campground. I'll be on the lookout for King Corn!

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    1. It must be really fun to be able to tootle around the country, visiting all sorts of interesting places.

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  6. I have always like these but don't see them much around here.

    Two is just a pair but 3 is most certainly a collection (my rules).

    xo

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  7. cute! I have some "corn" pieces packed away for my some day booth. I forgot to research it before packing it away, though! ♥

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    1. Holly, your booth is going to be amazing! Wish I lived near and could come and shop.

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  8. Oh I love these - I have both of the smaller pieces - and a casserole with a lid, salt and peppers in two sizes, several medium to small mixing bowls and something else that I can't recall right now. It is amazing how many of the same things we collect.

    I got the big casserole from a friend - I was at her house and it was crammed in her china cabinet. I mentioned that I had a few pieces that matched it had she got it out and handed it to me - she said she didn't really ever care for it - well I was sure happy to help her out by taking it off her hands.

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    1. It is amazing how many common likes we have. :-)

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  9. 3 is definitely a collection! Corn is on the menu tomorrow night for Josie's family birthday party. Your pretty pieces would make a gorgeous tablescape.

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    1. Corn is perfect for a Western themed dinner!

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  10. These are fascinating pieces of pottery! Your collections are all so interesting!

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  11. Those are fun! I've never seen or heard of corn pottery but then again corn isn't a real big crop on the west coast and in our little corner of Washington we're more known for our raspberries and blueberries!

    And you bet, three is definitely a collection!
    ~Chris

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    1. Chris, I love all those Washington berries, for sure. My Mom (who lives out there near you) had the large corn pitcher, and I told her it needed to come and live in the midwest with me. :-)

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  12. How interesting. It doesn't sound like these are easy to find.
    I like the yellow!

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    1. I don't think they have become hard to find, yet. But perhaps not as readily available in the area where you are.

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  13. I don't have any of the pieces but you have a collection if you have three. This I know for sure. My brother is a collector . . . I think he has some pieces, I will check.

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    1. I'd love to see a picture of your brother's pieces!

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  14. I just can't believe how many things we have in common! I collect the corn pieces but use them in the fall with my pumpkin things.I don't have the large pitcher that you have...it is lovely. I do have the teapot and the covered casserole. I have had them for years!
    Linda

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    1. Linda, we really do have a lot of interests in common!

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  15. I am so ignorant when it comes to china and collector's pieces. I have never heard of Corn ware

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    1. Diane, I am learning as I go. And I'm sure there are a lot of things in Australia and England and Switzerland that I have never heard of.

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  16. I love this! Wish I had some of the pieces my mother had. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hopefully some of the corn pieces that your mother owned are now being loved by someone in the younger generation.

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  17. I wonder if my white corn salt and peppers are this. I've always wondered why they are white.

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    1. Look at the bottom and see if it says "USA". I think the white ones were made before they started imprinting "Shawnee".

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  18. Neat addition to your collection. I love how you blend the boarder colors with your photos. Very artistic : )

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    1. Thank's Michaele. I have fun making my borders.

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  19. I don't have any, but they're neat! Every see old potholders crocheted like ears of corn? I have a set my grandmother made.

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    1. I have not seen corn potholders before. I hope you'll do a post and show a picture.

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  20. Three is most certainly a collection, and yes they are fun. I’ve not seen them before but would love to own some. Thanks for the warning about fakes. xx

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    1. I bet American pottery isn't very common in England.

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  21. I have a few pieces and this has always been one of my favorite patterns.

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    1. Have you ever done a post about it? I'd love to see pics of your pieces.

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