Shawnee Pottery began producing pottery and dinnerware for the United States in Zanesville, Ohio, in 1937 and quit operations in 1961. The company produced a wide variety of items for the kitchen including; baking dishes, decorative art pottery, three dinnerware collections, cookie jars, flowerpots, lamps, novelty ware, planters, salt and pepper shakers, and whipping jars.
Cookie jars are especially popular with the Shawnee collectors, especially any variation of the Smiley jars as the Smiley jar in any variation is one of the most desired for all cookie jar collectors.
Gold-trimmed pottery is always the most desired collector items. When Shawnee produced a piece of pottery that had a blemish on it or were considered seconds, these jars were scooped up and decals and gold were applied to the pottery to hide the blemish. Later, these jars were sold in specialty shops at a much higher price. Today, these embellished jars are so coveted, that there value is even higher.