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Mc Coy Pottery Happy Face mugs Circa 1971, I have been a lover of Mc Coy Pottery for eons and when I eye-balled this mug. I actually heard the angles laughing.....

The Nelson Mc Coy Sanitary Stoneware Company was established in April 1910, located in Roseville, Ohio. the Company was formed by Nelson McCoy and his father J.W.Mc Coy. they began to manufacturer and sell functional and decorative stoneware. Roseville, Ohio had wonderful clay in it's soil, McCoy also mined, bought and sold clay. This part of their business provided clay to many of the area potteries for several years.

By the mid 1920's McCoy hired designers to sculpt and decorate the pottery and by 1933 the Company was renamed the Nelson Mc Coy Pottery Company, with hundreds of new designs. fast forward to 1990 unfortunately the Company ceased operations, but the legacy they left behind is enormous.

These mugs are being sold as a pair and are the ultimate examples of a very popular line dating back to 1971 featuring the "Happy"-"Smiley" face that was extremely popular in the 1970's. The measurements are 4" tall,4 3/4" wide from the handle to the other side.

There are no nicks or crazing or stains on or in the mugs. Refer to photo # 3 , there is a tiny round glaze mark on the back side, located down from the rim of the mug, often called a "flea bite" I believe this happened in the final glazing process Refer to photo# 4,the other mug has a surface crack on the inside, it does not appear to show on the outside bottom, again this happened in the firing process. These do not detract from the collectible nature of these iconic pieces.

This would be the perfect gift for your Mc Coy Collector and if I had the space it would definitely stay with me.

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Vintage Retro Pair Of Mc Coy Pottery Yellow Happy Face Mugs Circa 1971


  • Vintage item from the 1970s
  • Materials: clay, yellow and black glaze
  • Only ships within United States.
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