The J.W. McCoy Pottery Company was founded in 1899, in Roseville, Ohio, by J.W. McCoy. They produced stoneware and some art pottery lines. The plant was destroyed by fire in 1903, but rebuilt a couple of years later.
In 1909, George Brush became general manager of the pottery. In 1910, J.W. McCoy, along with his son Nelson McCoy, founded the Nelson McCoy Sanitary Stoneware Company. They joined other stoneware companies and formed the American Clay Products Company (APCP), until it was liquidated in 1926.
In 1911, they merged with two other potteries forming the Brush-McCoy Pottery Company.
In 1925, the McCoy family sold their interest in the Bush-McCoy Pottery Co. and expanded and improved the Nelson McCoy Company. They produced artware, earthenware and stoneware. Brush Pottery remained in business until 1982.
During the early 1930’s, they shifted to making more art pottery and changed their name again to Nelson McCoy Pottery in 1933.
Nelson McCoy Sr., died in 1945, and his nephew, Nelson McCoy Melick took over as company president.
In 1950, a fire destroyed the plant but just six months later they were up and running again.
Nelson Melick died in 1954 and his son Nelson Jr. took over as president.
In 1967, the company was sold to David Chase, owner of Mt. Clemens Pottery Company.
In 1974, the company was sold to Lancaster Colony Corporation.
In 1985, the company was sold again to Designer Accents. The pottery was marketed as Nelson McCoy Ceramics until they closed down for good in 1990.
McCoy Pottery Marks
Mt. Clemens Pottery – after 1967
LCC – after 1974 for Lancaster Colony Corp.
McCoy Pottery Patterns, Lines
Cherries and Leaves
Leaves and Berries
Loy-Nel-Art – named for James McCoy’s three sons, Lloyd, Nelson, and Arthur
Popular McCoy Pottery
Cookie Jars – bananas, chinese lanterns, clowns, coca-cola, grandfather clocks, harley davidson, indians, kangaroos, monk shaped cookie jar, quaker oats, strawberry jar
Pitchers – ring ware, strap pitcher
McCoy Pottery Value, Price Guide
Mid $ – Mid $$$