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McCoy Pottery Co.

A prolific manufacturer of all types of ceramics, McCoy's products have become hugely popular among collectors. The first McCoy pottery company, W. Nelson McCoy Pottery, was established in 1848 and was followed by the J.W. McCoy Pottery Co. in 1899.  But 1910 was the year that the McCoy Pottery Company that is best known was founded in Roseville, Ohio.  After decades of success, competition from cheap imports prompted financial trouble for the company in the 1960s, and McCoy closed their doors for good in 1990.
TV lamps were never a significant part of their production, and all of them are generally thought to have been made for other companies, in the same way that Gonder Ceramic Arts made lamp bases for Bradley Manufacturing. Two lamps marked Buckingham Ceramics, a vintage auto TV lamp and a wishing-well boudoir lamp, are known to be McCoy products.
Their popularity has prompted unscrupulous sellers to attribute all sorts of unmarked pieces to the company, hoping to boost their value.  McCoy items have also been copied by foreign manufacturers, but this doesn't appear to have spread to the lamps.

McCoy Deer TV Lamp value:  rarity:
Similar in design to certain Beauceware designs, this deer is one of the few TV lamps that can be positively attributed to McCoy Pottery Co.  Photos courtesy of Michael from Roslindale, Massachusetts.
McCoy Deer TV Lamp Back view.
McCoy Log Lamp value:  rarity:
This one is usually found as a planter, but occasionally a TV lamp version shows up. These are clearly an afterthought. It's marked on the "saw" side of the lamp, with USA at the bottom left and a tiny McCoy on the bottom right. Thanks to Katherine Alegria of San Francisco, California for pointing out this hard-to-see mark!
McCoy Log Lamp The logging theme is continued on the reverse.
McCoy Sunflower TV Lamp value:  rarity:
While unmarked, this sunflower TV lamp appears in Sanfords Guide to McCoy Pottery, a trusted reference book. This one has that transparent wash of green glaze that McCoy is known for, and I've seen it in several other colors as well. Was also sold as a planter.
McCoy Sunflower TV Lamp Same lamp as above, but with a beautiful red glaze. Photo courtesy of anonymous from Southern California.
Vintage Auto TV Lamp value:  rarity:
This vintage automobile is relatively common, yet is the only TV lamp I've seen that is marked Buckingham Ceramics. It was, in fact, manufactured by McCoy, although the relationship between the two brands is unknown. It is shown here in the most common color, the shade of green that McCoy favored.
Buckingham mark The Buckingham mark is on the bottom of this vintage car. The "dry" feet on this lamp are typical of McCoy products.
Buckingham mark Here's three color variations of the Buckingham/McCoy TV lamp, the maroon version being the less common of the three. Photo courtesy of George Martin of Little Valley, NY.
McCoy panther TV lamp value:  rarity:
While McCoy always had many "irons in the fire", they weren't about to let the booming panther TV lamp market go unchallenged! Photo courtesy of Bill Keller, Knoxville, TN.
McCoy panther TV lamp McCoy also made their panther lamp in a maroon glaze.
McCoy Fireplace TV lamp value:  rarity:
Believe it or not, this isn't the only time that a TV lamp was designed in the likeness of a fireplace. Considering the subject, this McCoy lamp was made in some decidedly odd colors, including black, pink and the green shown here. McCoy often used a marvelous translucent brown glaze on their planters and figurines, and I'm surprised that it isn't found on this lamp.
McCoy Fireplace TV lamp Back view of McCoy's hearth TV lamp.
McCoy Mermaid TV lamp value:  rarity:
Seldom seen and not generally known by collectors as a McCoy product, this "Shell and Mermaid" TV lamp is identified in Jeffrey B. Snyder's fine book, McCoy Pottery. Photos courtesy of eBay seller, beardnlady.
McCoy Mermaid TV lamp Back view. This lamp is found in several other colors as well.

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