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This part of the collection includes some fully legitimate cow creamers (by the criterion of two holes) which pour through the mouth.  There are also a few pitchers.

The nicest of the head creamers are the porcelain ones made by Royal Bayreuth – these come in a variety of colors; the photo of four creamers was also shown in the Favorite Brands theme, but it is repeated here as a lead-in both to others by Royal Bayreuth, and to some ‘look-alike’ copies.  These four – actually two cows and two water buffalo – bear the Royal Bayreuth, Bavaria stamp. The other two cows are impressed Deponient (as are some of the ones with the Royal Bayreuth stamp) but without the crest.

Here are three more nice examples of Royal Bayreuth cow or bull head creamers. To reiterate a bit of what’s in the Favorite Brands section, Royal Bayreuth has been produced in the same factory in Tettau, Bavaria, since 1794. They have used a number of different marks, usually including the Bavarian coat of arms, two lions rampant and a shield. The words “Royal Bayreuth” generally indicate that the piece was made for export to the US.

Here’s a mixture of real and copies – the ones on the outside are Royal Bayreuth, the one in the middle is missing any mark.  My suspicion is that it was made in Taiwan, as was

this beautiful white bisque one, which could easily be mistaken for Royal Bayreuth but for the gold “Made in Taiwan” sticker on the bottom.

Here is another mixture.  The red one on the left is Royal Bayreuth; the large one is marked for Royal Floretta Ware, Austria, and the two on the right are marked for “M.W. Co., Germany”.   The M.W. stands for Mitchell, Woodbury, & Co, a china distributor – mostly of imports from Germany and Silesia – that was located on Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA.  I don’t have any details about them, but have located their name in a 1906 Boston registry, and have read that they were active until the early 1940’s.

These are both copies; the “Blackpool” crested one (which is in the same series as the 3 similar to it that are shown in the Ads and Souvenirs Theme) has the “foreign” in a circle stamp, typical of imports to the UK, and the gaudy one on the right is unmarked.

This lovely realistic head is also unmarked but is known to be German porcelain, from between the World Wars.

This beautiful Fresian and Jersey are indeed from the UK – they hail from Quail Ceramics of Church Lane, Deal, Kent, whose web site notes that they have been in the giftware business for over 20 years, and have their designs made by small family businesses in Thailand. Quail is best known for their animals, birds, and especially (ugh!) cats…they have a range of named cats called “The Moggies” that apparently are quite popular, although why anyone would be the least interested in collecting ceramic cats is completely beyond me. Cow creamers of course are a different story…but as far as I can tell, these are the only ones of this lovely animal that they have produced. The Fresian came first, and bears a simple “Q” as the makers mark on its base, while the Jersey’s mark reads “Quail, 2010”. Perhaps others will follow.

Indeed, just as postulated in the section above, another lovely Quail head did follow the Fresian and Jersey…this is a beautifully crafted and quite large Hereford Bull.

This is an interesting light brown luster-glazed head that came from the UK via eBay, but is unmarked.  The seller termed it art deco, which doesn’t seem unreasonable to me.

Here are two very unusual and quite large English creamers from the early to mid 19c. The molds are identical, albeit the white one is ceramic and the black one is made from the red clay typical of Jackfield creamers, and indeed has the Jackfield glaze with gold highlights.  These were both quite expensive and the shipping prices from the UK were high, but they are sufficiently lovely as well as unusual that I couldn’t resist them.  Thankfully the sellers packed well and they made it here unscathed.

These lovely German bull heads date from the early 1900s – I know this because the largest of the three came with a note that said his mother purchased it in 1909…for fifty cents! She had a large creamer collection and this was her favorite. They are no longer quite so cheap.  I also believe that they were made in just these three sizes; and it has taken me many years to acquire one of each.


This is the plastic sugar and creamer version of Borden’s Elsie and Elmer, featured in Ads and Souvenirs.  As noted there, and as with Royal Bayreuth heads, there have been a lot of copies of this favorite cow.

Here are two different renditions, both from Japan.

And, here are three Elsie’s that seem to be sort-of look-alikes, the one on the left even bearing her name.  The two variants on the right are both impressed with the script mark “Gayet of California”.

These Japanese cow creamer heads are fairly common on eBay; they come with many small variations in the bells and coloring; there is one here that probably doesn’t match…third from the left, with the crossed eyes.

Here are more Japanese heads.  The ones on the ends have a sticker that reads “Chase, hand painted”.  The one in the middle has “Hand Painted” over a semi-circle, and is part of a set or group that also includes a horse, a mouse, and a sheep.

More Japanese versions – but pitchers rather than creamers that pour from the mouth.

This is also a pitcher – I probably would have passed it by but for the delightful little verse on the back:  “Drink your milk every day it makes you bonnie and full of play”.  English of course, albeit unmarked.

Here are yet two more Japanese cow head creamers, and two marked for Coventry, Made in the USA, and mold  # 5563A.  I spent some time on the web looking for Coventry, only to find that it’s a quite popular name; there’s a Coventry in Connecticut, and one in the UK, both with pottery makers…but my guess would be Coventry Ware of Barberton, OH, that from what I can tell operated from 1932 to about 1950.  I could sure use some help on this one!

This is a head from the same mold as the light brown Japanese creamer above – very nice coloring and good detail.

Happy, happy, happy … looking extremely pleased with themselves are three more versions of the small creamer on the far left above.  Like it, they are simply stamped “Japan” (black and white cow) or “Made in Japan” (brown cows)

These two both have ‘voice boxes’ fitted into the bottom, so that they should ‘moo’ when tipped up.  I say ‘should’ moo, but they seem to have a bad case of laryngitis, presumably from a combination of age and repeated use.  I have yet to find one where the ‘moo-er’ actually works.

The two brown creamers shown here both came from the UK (via eBay).  The seller of the one on the left said that he had dug it out of a ‘1920-1930’s tip’.  The blue one in the middle came from Australia

Here are two large cow head pitchers, “Cowmen Mooranda” by Vandor, 1988, and  Fitz and Floyd’s lovely Heidi Holstein, of 1994, 1 ½ quart size, also featured in Favorite Brands.

These are more likely buffalo than cows but they are attractive, and come in a variety of colors


Finally for this theme, here’s a bunch of glass cow heads that come apart – these are often sold as cow creamers, but I suspect that they were originally designed to hold mustard or some other condiment.