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Winky Cookie Jar - Rare California Pottery Cookie Jar designed by the artist Vallona Starr.

I've seen pictures of this identical cookie jar that were made in different colors and with varied faces painted on. I believe this jar was originally painted only in gold, and some of the gold has worn off as is visible in the pictures. This is a really unique, rare cookie jar for your collection!

The jar is in good condition, however there are several areas worth mentioning - please convo me for additional pictures of flaws if desired. The jar does have missing gold paint, crazing (mainly inside the jar and on the finger loop of the lid), there is also a small spot that the paint and glaze missed and the white ceramic shows through. There are no chips or cracks - there is one small hairline on the inside of the top rim. The glaze is rather uneven in areas as is typical with some California Potteries. The color has been hard for me to photograph, but it is a bright yellow closer to the fourth picture.

On the bottom of the jar it is signed Vallona Starr, 302, @51 and Calif. After some research, I believe the jar was produced by Vallona Starr Ceramics of El Monte California in 1951.

I've tried to describe this jar to the best of my ability and I'll be happy to try to answer more questions or provide additional pictures upon request.

I will provide excellent packing with plenty of bubble wrap and peanuts as well as double boxing and insurance. I would prefer to ship Priority Mail, but will be happy to ship any way of your choosing.

Cookie Jar - Rare California Pottery Vallona Starr Winky Cookie Jar


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Material: ceramic
  • Only ships within United States.
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