Price reflects rarity of Herman and Katnip cookie jar

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On May 27, 2010, in Hake’s Americana‘s 200th sale, this 10- by 11- by 6 3/4-inch deep glazed ceramic figural cookie jar by American Bisque Co. from about the early 1960s, sold for $10,143.67, including 15 percent buyer’s premium.
 
The cookie jar depicts Harvey Cartoons characters Katnip hunkered down while Herman the mouse stands atop his back, serving as the lid handle.

at0922-herman-katnip2.jpgThe “Herman And Katnip” names are incised on the base, and “USA” is incised on the opposite side.

With light scattered crazing only visible upon close inspection, this extremely rare jar is in excellent condition. Only about a half-dozen examples are known to exist.

Photos courtesy Hake’s Americana

Hake’s sale #201 sale goes live soon – see the Sept. 22 issue of Antique Trader for a full-color auction preview!

— Karen Knapstein

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