Pitchers

Three cow creamers of different sizes

As noted in the theme descriptions, the main thing that distinguishes what I’m here calling ‘pitchers’ from ‘creamers’ is size. Many of these are a foot or more tall and hold over a quart, so pretty obviously they were designed to hold water or milk (or wine in some cases), not cream. The one in the middle here which is almost 12" tall, weird as it may be, is thus a pitcher. It's surrounded by a couple normal sized creamers for comparison. There are also some traditional 'pitchers', meaning vessels with a single hole, plus a lip of sorts to guide the liquid when pouring. All of these of course have to be either a whole cow or a head...with minor exceptions for a couple that I found irresistable.

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Bull wine pitcher by Boldallo Pinhiero, Portugal
This massive and very handsome bull is a great example of a pitcher made for wine – ‘bull’s blood’ perhaps (albeit that famous dark red wine – Egri Bikaver – is from Hungary, so maybe not since the pitcher hails from Portugal.) It bears a seal from Boidallo Pinheiro, Est 1884. They have an excellent web site (Google will translate it) which tells us that “Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro is one of the most influential people of nineteenth century Portuguese culture, with a remarkable production in relation to the areas of humoristic drawing, caricature and ceramic creation. His work represents an unsettling, timely reality and a fundamental document for political, social, cultural and ideological study of a time period…In 1884 Bordallo began his ceramics production at the Fábrica de Faianças in Caldas, revealing pieces of great technical, artistic and creative quality, developing tiles, panels, pots, table centerpieces, vase busts, fountain basins, pitchers, plates, perfume bottles, vases and gigantic animals, etc.” as well as a lot more.

Jezebel and Penope cow creamers Jezebel cow creamer Penelope cow creamer Jezebel and Penope cow creamers,back

Before a whole herd of commercial cow pitchers, let's start with some special hand made ones from around the US. Here are a couple of my favorites (named Jezebel and Penelope by our webmaster). They were hand made by a (unknown) South Carolina folk artist, according to the antique dealer from whom I acquired them at a Kiwanis sponsored antique fair in Arlington, VA. At first I sort of just walked right by them because I wasn’t at all sure they were cows…but when you turn them around, for sure they’re each fully equipped. Very fanciful to say the least. Perhaps someone can identify the artist.

Grey hand thrown cow pitcher

Here’s another hand-thrown pottery cow pitcher – it came from eBay, with no information beyond the “Kran” incised in script in its bottom. It’s probably no surprise that I was the only bidder…

Otis Norris Face Jug cow pitcher

Yet a third hand made cow pitcher – this one a “Face Jug” signed by the maker Otis Norris of McBee, South Carolina (who is rather famous for such things) and dated 9-02. Face jugs are a southern US folk art specialty, and …


Large mouthed hand made cow pitcher, front Large mouthed hand made cow pitcher, back

This cute hand-made milk pitcher with her udder in the middle of her back came to me via eBay, but was purchased initially at Bluff Park Art Show in Birmingham AL, on the 1st Saturday in Oct 1984.It is signed with the year and what looks to be “Spunkun”. Anybody know Spunkun??

Cow head & neck pitcher by Sherry Bergeron
This pitcher may look somewhat like a giraffe, but I’m assured by the maker, Sherry Bergeron of Madison WI, that it’s a Jersey Cow – one of her “Critterpots”. Heavy ceramic and very nicely hand crafted.
Peter K for Clouds Folsom cow pitcher

This rather winsome cow (or horse???) with her eyes closed and a spray of flowers on the handle and around the body is of very heavy clay and is marked “Peter K for Clouds Folsom”. Cloud’s Pottery’s gallery, according to their web site, is located at 608 ½ Sutter St in Folsom CA, immediately adjacent to the Power House Pub, so presumably you can grab a brew to put in your new jug from the pottery. Clouds opened in 1977. The ‘about us’ section of their web sites states “For 30 years G.F. and Penny Cloud have been making a wide variety of porcelain pottery. They have gathered together some of the most talented ceramic artists in the country, and most importantly, they have given them the place, tools and support to do the work they love and grow and prosper as artists. We make a promise to our clients…and that is to be true to our inspiration and to bring the fruit of our labor to you at a fair price and to never compromise our environmental standards, ethical standards or to falsely represent what we do or can do.” They show pictures of some of their recent artists, but nothing about Peter K.

Charlie Jenkins blown glass bull pitcher

This is a lovely hand-blown art deco black bull pitcher signed “C.Jenkins 2007”. You can see more work by this artist, including bulls like this, other animals, and other beautiful art glass pieces, on his web site http://charliejenkins.com…from what I glean there, he worked out of Oakland until he married in 2007, then moved with his new wife to Dresden, Maine. Since the web site hasn’t been updated since the wedding, I assume this bull was made in California and he’s been somewhat busy since. My wife really liks this bull - she often puts flowers in it and puts it on prominent display in our home, while all the rest languish on shelves.

3 large black and white cow pitchers 3 larger cow pitchers

Here we start the whole large herd of commercial cow pitchers, with some large black and white ones; the one with the pink bow and yellow bell – which came equipped with cooking implements – is marked for Jay Imports, Made in China. The one next to it, sort of football shaped and with no legs, is marked “©1992, B.W., Taiwan” (it cost me 99 cents). The large bodied cow with the polka dot tail for a handle is copyrighted for Clay Art, also made in Taiwan. For some reason this is one I keep forgetting I already have, so the collection now has four of them. The round one with the daisy necklace holds two quarts, and is marked for OCI, Omnibus, Japan. It appears frequently on eBay. Both of the ones to the right of it are from Taiwan.

4 more large black and white cow pitchers

Here are four standing black and white cow pitchers, all with some sort of filler between their legs. The one on the left, with the blue collar and yellow bell standing in grass, is one of the few in the collection that was made in Brazil. Next to it, with the grass and yellow flowers, is one from ‘Young’s Exclusive’. It came in a box that says ‘Kitchen Creations’, is dated 1999 and was made in China. It actually has a matching sugar bowl, so in spite of its size it might as well have gone in the creamer pile. The cow with the chicken beside it is from Certified International Corporation, © Coco Dowley, and was made in Taiwan. The cow on the right is unmarked.


2 large sitting white cow pitchers 3 large whiute sitting up cow crteamers

Here’s a whole herd of tall sitting up white pitchers. In the picture of 2, the one on the left is from Japan, and the one on the right is marked "369, USA". In the shot of three, on the left is one from Taiwan, and on the right another from the USA, marked for WP82. The middle thin one is unmarked but is quite similar to some from Spain.

2 Italian legless cow pitchers

These two are both Italian. I've also seen them in red clay, and with flower decorations. Being Italian, I have a suspicion they are intended to hope some sort of liquid made from grapes rather than from cows.


Brown and white 'Animals & Co' cow pitcher Black and White Animals & Co cow pitcher

These large cow pitchers were made in the US and bear the handwritten inscription “© 1984 Animals & Co." They are numbered - #2104 for the black one and #35 for the much less common brown one. I paid $125 at a gift shop in San Diego in 1985 for the black one, and was delighted to find it. - since then there have been a whole lot of them on eBay for a whole lot less. The brown one came much later via eBay and is the second of them I bought – the first arrived in many small piece. It’s tough, not to mention expensive, to pack and ship ceramic items this size…they are almost a foot tall and 9½” wide.

From a number of web sources we learn that Animals & Co was well known for their cookie jars, teapots, and other whimsical pieces. The trademark was federally registered on 7/23/84 in Santa Fe, N.M., and then the owners – Allen Walker and wife Jenny Lind - closed it down after a few years. Jenny did the design work while Allen worked on the mold design. As of late 2016 they were still in Santa Fe, producing primarily dinnerware under the company name of Rainbow Gate, established in 1994.


Blue and Black & White cow pitchers Home big red cow pitcher band Japanese with blue bow

The large blue and red cow pitchers are from “Home”, Made in China and bearing a caution to handwash and not microwave (though its doubtful many folks would have a microwave large enough for them anyway). The black and white pudgy cylinder of a cow next to the blue one bears the incised mark of © 1992, B.W., Taiwan. The pink nosed companion to the big red cow seems very happy with its blue bow and is marked Japan, © B&D (who or whatever that is).

2 black & white cow pitchers

The foot-tall pitcher with brown eyes and nostrils is unmarked; the slightly smaller one to its right has a sticker that says “Designer: Pelzman Designs”.


Mexican stoneware cow pitcher Sitting up white cow pitcher with black lips

The cow on the left with the big eyelashes is Mexican stoneware and came with six udder-shaped cups. Its companion is unmarked but looks sort of mean with those black lips. I have two of them, unintentionally - I sometimes forget what I already have.

3 large cow pitchers

The white cow on the left has glued-on glass brown eyes and is marked “Marcia Ceramic USA DC-1 ©”. Next to it is a rather wild and unembarrassed interpretation with a prominent udder and blue horns and belly that’s looking straight up out of bulgy eyes, from China. It served as the model for size comparisons in the introduction. On the right is another version of the typically Italian pitcher, although this one bears no marks.

Marcia of California cow pitcher

Here’s another version of the “Marcia” pitcher, but this time with a sticker, and holes instead of the glass eyes. From the “Potteries of California” web page, we learn that Marcia of California was owned by George Sigal, who with his sons produced fairly large items like this pitcher from the 1950s to 70s in a pottery located near the Cal State LA campus. I guess one would have to ask George why they used the name Marcia.

Squat white cow pitcher by Potterybarn

Taiwan must have some pretty strange looking cows if this one is a any example - it was made for Potterybarn and is dishwasher safe, although it's sufficiently large that is would take up most of a load.

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This very nice large brown pitcher, crafted of red clay, is my first and only cow from Latvia.

Large cow pitcher by Jeanette Berniger of Uruguay This is another ‘first and only’, from Uruguay. It’s very heavy and hard and bears the maker’s brand both on the right flank (behind the tab) and on the belly along with“Berniger Uruguay”. The tag reads “Jeanette Berniger, Jarras en Gres, Hecho en Uruguay” and has pictures of the 6 animal ‘jars’ in this series. There is bull in the series but I have yet to be able to find one to buy.
Open mouthed Italian cow pitcher

This is an Italian cow – quite lovely in her own way, and very nicely molded. It’s marked for Italy and has a mold number, but no information about the maker. I doubt greatly that it was intended to be utilitarian, given its size, but it certainly meets all my criteria.

Wang's International cow pitcher

Truly a pitcher without a mouth hole, here's a cow with a wreath of grapes around its neck, marked with an incised “V COR” and bearing a decal for Wang’s International, Inc.


Fitz & Floyd Hot Pepper cow pitcher Frutuoso cow pitcher from Portugal White Japanese cow pitcher

The hot pepper pitcher on the left, by Fitz and Floyd and marked “ © OCI 1 QT”, matches the teapot featured in the introductory section, and a sugar and creamer. The nicely done black and white one in the middle is from “Frutuoso and Frutuoso”, made in Portugal (Can’t find them on the web, but half the fun is in the searching…the top of google’s list under Frutuoso turns out to be a stud farm). On the right is a Japanese cow that from its pained expression and position of the forelegs looks like it’s hurting in the soft parts.

Large & small Frutuoso cow pitchers

Here is Mr Frutuoso again, this time accompanied by a smaller relative marked for the same company. The little guy also appears with other black and white creamers on Page one of Modern Variations.

3 Large cow pitchers

The rather piggish-looking cow on the left seems to have rather more than the normal allocation of teats. Makes you wonder if whoever designed it ever saw a real cow. The middle one with pinwheel designs is a Japanese version of the ‘begging’ cow that is featured in several more interpretations below. On the right is a very hefty cow that, although unmarked, arrived here (via eBay) from Dublin, Ireland


4 'begging' cow pitchers, front 4 'begging' cow pitchers, bases

Here are four variations on the ‘begging’ theme, from different ends of the earth. The pitcher on the left, while unmarked, I believe is from Japan like the one with pinwheels. The one next to it, with the purple nose and brown bell, is incised for “Caldas de Raihna, Portugal”. Next to it, in black and white, is one from a paint-it yourself ceramic shop, marked “For Mom, love Tom and Cindy”. The mottled brown one on the right would appear to be from a similar mold, but the ad on eBay stated that the seller bought it from a “’gentleman’s private collection’, being sold because of his divorce, which was mostly top quality glass and pottery; he claimed it was English, c 1860-1880.” The glaze does seem not unusual for that period, though I have no way of knowing for sure. True or not, I fell for it and if it is true, since this is a nice and widely used design, it may well have been an early prototype from which the others were copied.

Begging cow pitcher from Portugal for Andrea by Sadek

This is another Portuguese beggar with the same inscriptions as the one above, but this time with a sticker for Andrea by Sadek. This gift, tableware and home furnishings company, also known as Charles Sadek Import Company or j.willfred, was founded in 1936 by Norman and Charles Sadek and is still operated by the Sadek family. Their headquarters are in New Rochelle NY, and they have 7 showrooms across the US.

Fantastic cow? pitcher by Fabrica Sant'Anna of Portugal

This has to rate as one of the more fantastic, or at least imaginative, pieces in the collection. Cow? Horse? Mythical beast? Well it was sold as a ‘cow with breasts and wings’, and it certainly has those in plenty. It came to me from France. Actually it is Portuguese, clearly marked for Fabrica Sant’Anna, one of the oldest traditional, high-end Lisbon ceramic factories, established in 1741 and deriving its name from its original location. This piece is dated 2004, and was created with traditional Portuguese techniques.

Black & white cow pitcher with large bell and 6 teats

Here’s another anatomical wonder…I can understand the plaintive look on her face. Perhaps her parents were grazing too near Chernobyl.

Metal bull pitcher from Cuenca

This tall metal bull pitcher – albeit for sure designed more for display than use, and indeed useless for holding liquids because of an open flaw in the bottom between its legs – is marked for Cuenca, as well as for the artist or studio, which I believe to be Adci Hem (??). Although there is a Cuenca in Ecuador as well as Spain, I’m pretty sure this fanciful beast is Spanish, and will continue to try to find out more about it.

Biltmore Estate and Maryland China  bull pitchers

These two are also from similar molds. The one on the right, which would appear to be from the same mold as a pitcher shown in the Delft theme, has a stamp that states “Biltmore Estate Collection, Genuine Delft”. The Biltmore estate was built by George Vanderbilt and is in Ashville, NC. You can visit the house and hardens, tour, eat, stay there(3 levels of accomodation from expensive to oh-my-god), and buy all kinds of stuff. It's actually quite nice, if ostentatious. The white pitcher bears the stamp of “Maryland China, Taiwan”, and I’d guess is made from a copy of the Delft mold. At least I’d be willing to bet the Dutch didn’t copy the Taiwanese in this case…albeit the Delft blue coloring does of course have a Chinese origin. Maryland China has a showroom in Reisterstown, MD but I assume most of their products are made overseas; they have a nice web page to peddle their products but it doesn't tell a lot about them except that they started in 1910.

2 19c Victorian pitchers with cow (or fox) head

This interesting pair are 19c Victorian era. The grey one was sold by a knowledgeable UK antique dealer as Swansea pottery. Quite frankly I think the heads look as much if not more like a fox than a cow, but both were sold as cow pitchers and who am I to argue.


B&W cow poitcher and cup 2 milk carton cow pitchers

The only similarity among these four is the cow's head sticking our of the container. The big one on the left is unmarked, but bears a very close resemblance to a teapot, creamer and sugar set by Dept.56, shown on the Teapots page. I bought the little cup thinking it went with the others but it doesn't since it's marked for Ganz, Taiwan. The half gallon pitcher with a lid (I assume it's a pitcher - it would be awkward for tea and most cookie jars don't have open mouths) that's wearing the yellow bandanna is from Taiwan, and bears a mark of two hands cupped around a flower with “S L” above them. Its quart sized neighbor is copywrited for Russ Berrie Co., and was made in Sri Lanka. I have several other pieces from them. This company was founded by Russ in 1963 in a garage in Palisades Park NJ and from there had a very interesting history of growth and change. If you google it you can find out lots, including the foundation that Russ established. Ultimately (as I understand it - it's all quite convoluted) it became Kids Brands, and the giftware part of the multiple holdings was sold off to something called Russ Companies which went Chapter 7 in 2011.

Enesco pitcher with cow head

Here’s a very similar interpretation, from Enesco Designed Giftware.

2 Young Herriot Collection pitchers fro Enesco's Border Fine Arts Studio

Here are a couple of ‘Brits – medium and mini lip-licking calf jugs from Enesco, Ltd’s “The Young Herriot Studio Collection”, Border Fine Arts Studio, ©2008, Carlisle. If you're interested, you can learn more about them at about the 5th section down of page 3 of Modern Variations where there is a picture of 4 sitting cows.

2 Japanese cow pitchers and one we bought in Ljubjana

This is a set of miscellaneous cows, all a bit too large to be used for cream. We bought the one on the right in a grocery story in Ljubjana, Slovenia, during our second visit visit to that lovely town in 2000; fond memories. The other two are Made in Japan, the roundiah one standing in grass marked for the Haldon Group.


2 big nosed cow caricature pitchers 2 big nosed cow caricature pitchers>

These four are all from the same mold, painted differently. I bought them from 4 different eBay sellers, at prices ranging from $3 to $25. I’ve since learned not to buy the first one of a pattern that comes up, unless it appears to be an unusual antique.

Baum Bros. cow pitcher with farm scene on side

This large pitcher with the raised farm scene on the side is from “style.eyes by Baum Bros, Country Fair Collection, China”. It is similar in size to the four above, but much more nicely crafted.

Here's another farm scene, this time on the side of a very sturdy Japanese cow. It has a tree on the right. From the nature of the picture I would have guessed this one to be from southern Europe, but for the giveaway stamp."

3 odd looking cow pitchers

These aren’t the most beautiful cows in the collection, but they are unusual. The one on the right, which has purple rhinestone eyes, is says ‘Dunbar” in script. I guess whoever made it was proud of it.


Large White cow potcher with big skirt

These are rather unusual caricatures, wearing a shawl and a huge dress, and with extremely long ears. They are unmarked, of heavy ceramic. I suppose one good thing about them is that they're very stable and unlikely to tip over.

Black & white cow pitcher with big nose and yellow horns

No marks on this one, but it wins a prize for biggest nose.

3 Japanese cow pitchers

Three Japanese caricatures, unrelated but more or less with the same basic idea. The middle one has a faint “TS” impressed inside what looks to me like a tank, and the one on the right is stamped B901.

2 Japanese cow cartcature pitchers

Two more Japanese caricatures, the larger of which was also in a shot higher up on the page. The real queer one here is on the right - I guess it's supposed to be a cow (sold as one) but the ears and eyebrows are excessively huge, and its horns are in a line on top of its head. Wierd. Another one I probably should have passed up.


2 forlorn looking cow pitchers 2 cow pitchers

Here are a couple unmarked rather forlorn looking cows, a heavy set smiling one with a red bow and a huge bell, and an older ‘cold paint’ pitcher. This one has retained most of its paint; I have one identical to it where all the paint has been worn off, and I didn’t realize they were the same until I was taking these pictures.


Japanese and Hudsonware VT stubby cow pitchers 2 paint it yourself cow pitchers

The stubby cow with the big head and orange bell on the left is from Japan. Its blue sponged companion is marked for “Hudsonware Vermont”…a small paper that accompanies their products claims their products are all ‘hand molded, hand sponged, and signed in the “Northeast Kingdom of the Green Mountain State of Vermont”. The white pitcher with the green eyes and its brown friend with the white forelock are both from ‘paint it yourself’ molds – the white one has “LB80” inscribed in the bottom, and the brown one was made by “Amy,’70”.

3 purple matching Japanese cow caricature pitchers

Well, they have to be cows because cows have horns and mice don't. I'd guess them to be 1950's or so Japanese - no other country seems to produce such fanciful cows. The only marks on them are numbers, 9198 on the biggest and 8721 on the other two.

Stonewall Kitchen cow pitcher and two creamers

This is the first of several ‘sets’. The little ones are creamers, but the biggest is a pitcher so I chose to put them here. The sticker on their bottom says they’re from Stonewall Kitchen, Made in Spain. A quick look at the web indicates they are a specialty food producer based in York, Maine that started at a farmer's market and now sells in 42 countries. Not sure how or why they produced cow pitchers.

Bee Happy by Claire Mackie cow caricature pitcher and creamer

The tag on these rather wild interpretations says they’re “Bee Happy by Claire Mackie, a collection of Department 56”. The smaller cow must be intended to be a creamer, since it came with a pink udder-shaped sugar bowl and a spoon with a daisy on top. Dept. 56 has produced quite a number of cows, but these are by far their most imaginative. They’ve been around since 1976, and make giftware, collectibles, and holiday decorating items. Check out www.department56.com if you like ‘stuff’.

Japanese caricature Cow pitcher, creamer and sugar

This set (actually I bought the pitcher separately from the cream and sugar, but they match) are stamped for Japan, and bear a silver gift-box shaped tag that reads “imported by Giftcraft, Toronto”. They seem to be somewhat patterned after geo.z.lefton’s cows.

Park Designs large kneeling caricature cow pitcher with creamewr and sugar

Here’s another fanciful pitcher, creamer and sugar set, made in China, with stamps that read “Milk Cow© Collection exclusively by Park Designs, Goldsboro, NC”. Interestingly their web site is a '.net' instead of a ".com' but it does indeed try to sell you stuff, at least if you're a wholesaler. They've been around for some 20+ and seem to purvey home and kitchen textile, accessories and lighting. All kinds of stuff, actually.


Farmers Kitchen Christopher Wren cow pitcher and sugar Country Kitchenwares Supplies UK 'crazy cow' pitcher and creamer

Here are two pairs of large and small creamers or pitchers. The ones with the blue pants and pink bows are from “Farmers Kitchen, Christopher Wren, Produced for Staffordshire Tableware, England”. The potteries web site states "Staffordshire Tableware operates from a 17 acre site at Meir Park, manufacturing and distributing mugs, chinaware and dinnerware to the UK and export retail markets. Until 1990, the company formed the ceramics division of Coloroll Group and was the subject of a management buy-out when Coloroll went into receivership in the same year. " Then itself went into receivership in 1999. As the Potteries noted, 'A Troubled History'.

The caricatures with the bright orange noses that are flashing their udders are unmarked themselves except for a sticker that says made in China, but the smaller one came in a box that says “Crazy (little) Cow Milk Jug … Cute, irresistible and crazy. Great fun to have around your home! Collect the set. Registered design of Country Kitchenware Supplies, Ltd., CKS.MALVERN.WR13 6NN UK”, a wholesale company operating out of WillowEnd Park, Blackmore Park Road (just in case you want to drive out to say cheerio). There’s a teapot that accompanies them, shown on that page.


Henriuckson imports cow pitcher and creamer with greyk noses

Here is a third set of large and small cows, in this case copywrited by Henricksen Imports, Inc. Japan, They're very nicely made and quite handsome as opposed to the caricatures above, even if not completely realistic..

Home Essentials & Beyond Happy Cow big nosed cow pitcher and creamer

These big nosed caricatures come from “Home Essentials and Beyond”’s “Happy Cow Collection, Made in China”. The smaller one is also in the Modern Variations page, but then its big brother arrived so it ended up here as well. They say on their web site that that "HOME ESSENTIALS & BEYOND has been the innovative, global resource for trend-forward housewares, tabletop, gift, home décor and lifestyle product for over 25 years..." They have a 20,000 sq ft showroom and 400,000 sq ft warehouse in Jersey City NJ, plus scattered showrooms around the country. They sell many many things, including apparently the odd cow or two..

Square bodied cow pitcher and creamer made in Taiwan

Here’s a square set, “Made in Taiwan”, purchased separately and I didn’t notice they went together until I was dusting the collection (yes, I do the dusting…and the polishing…though I can’t really understand why my wife won’t help)

Cow pitcher and creamer with sunglasses

Some cows like to sit in the sun but have sensitive eyes. The big black and white cow with the red sunglasses is from Vandor, dated 1987. We got it in Hamburg, Germany. Its small friend with the green and yellow shades is marked “Bonnie’s Ceramic Company, Inc., Handpainted, Made in USA”. a quick web search turns up a number of Bonnies who do ceramics and I'm not at all sure which one may want to take credit for this creation.

2 Vandor 1987 cow pitchers

Some Vandor 1987 cows have red shades, some have green shades. I’ve included it here next to the one shown above as coming from Pelzman Designs, because it turns out this Vandor cow also has a Pelzman designs sticker. They’re quite similar, but the one without the sunglasses has significantly larger front legs and, although you can’t see it here, a larger tail tip. Apparently Vandor has an affinity for skinny legs. www.vandorproducts.com notes that they’re proud of “making retro cool since 1957…suppliers of hip and functional products”. They create and distribute over 150 designs per year, and are based in Salt Lake City with offices in Hong Kong, China, and the Philippines. I haven’t been able to find out much about Pelzman, but an eBay search indicates that they do a whole lot of work for Vandor, presumably among others.

Pudgy black & white cow pitcher and teapot

Here are an unmarked pitcher and teapot that bear some distinct similarities; enough that at first I thought they were from a set, but on closer inspection just seem to have come from folks with similar ideas.


3 Pearl China Co pitchers Pearl China Co mark

As the mark here clearly shows, these three rather fierce looking cows come from the Pearl China Company. The ‘Pearl China and Pottery Company’ was established by Dennis and George Singer in 1931, in East Liverpool, Ohio. This city is sometimes known as the ‘Pottery Capitol of the Nation’, and its Museum of Ceramics lists dozens of pottery companies that operated there. Pearl Co. was designed to serve both as a pottery and as a distributor of goods from other manufacturers. Pottery production stopped in 1960, but the company remained open as a popular retail outlet until late summer 2009, switching owners to friends of the Singers a couple times before the last owner retired. As far as I know this was the only cow mold (#635) that Pearl used, and these were the only three colors in which they were produced. From the frequency with which they appear on eBay, they were quite popular at one time. Pearl apparently did make some for other locations or organizations to sell as souvenirs –a yellow one with a Pikes Peak picture is shown on the Advertising and Souvenirs page.


Sitting cow pitcher with daisys 2 cow pitchers

Here are three very different interpretations. The fancy one with the daisies and kerchief bears a vague resemblance to Fitz and Floyd’s Heidi Holstein, but is unmarked. The pitcher with the orange horns and bell and grey spots that include hearts bears a sticker that names her “Peaches ‘n Creame”; she was made in Taiwan, ©Himark. The farmer is unmarked; he has a hole in the back of this hat, and the corn is the spout.

Farmer in blue overalls cow pitcher

This farmer in blue overalls is another that looks like it should be a teapot but has a hole in the back of the head and an arm for the spout, so it must be a pitcher.

Czechoslovakian bull pitcher

This fierce looking blue eyed Czechoslovakian (green circular stamp) bull appears to be contemplating George Washington.

Two cow pitcher from Czechoslovakia

Here are two more pitchers from Czechoslovakia. They are similar to many of the Czech sitting cow creamers, but much larger – 8 ½” tall for the brown one, 7 ½” for the white one.

While we're in the moo-d for cow head pitchers, here are “Cowmen Mooranda” by Vandor, 1988, and  Fitz and Floyd’s lovely Heidi Holstein, of 1994, 1 ½ quart size. These two were also shown on the Heads page, Cowmen was in My Story, and Heidi was also featured in Favorite Brands along with some other Fitz and Floyd items. Fitz and Floyd are discusses on the Favorite Brands page. Vandor's web site notes that "In August 2018, Vandor joined the Bioworld family, bringing over 60 years of experience providing high quality home goods designed for living." They are headquartered in Salt Lake City Utah with offices in China and the Philippines (and I bet their stuff is made there and not in Utah!) I didn't know Bioworld so naturally I hit their web page that says "Bioworld is a collection of designers, brand strategist, marketers and retail experts devoted to creating new experiences for the pop culture consumer. The biggest brands in entertainment trust Bioworld for their licensed merchandise. . We translate their stories into collections that enable fans to redefine their personal expression. We’re the partner brands count on to achieve new success.". Interesting - I guess this cow makes me a part of the pop culture, even at my advanced age.

Sitting up cow pitcher with big hat

I’m not sure what to make of this one - big floppy hat, long eyelashes, red jacket and ‘hands’ to cheek as if to say ‘oh my!’…No marks, and the seller thought it may have been home-made but I have my doubts.

Giftcraft cow pitcher with 2 holes in the nose

This large nicely molded cow is distinguished from many others by the two holes in the nose – must tickle, pouring milk through your nose. At any rate its tag says it is from “Giftcraft, Life Well Styled”, and was Made in China. I got it from Amazon - they have quite a number of cow creamers on offer, but this is the first that I have purchased from them.


Regal Pottery Co's Old McDonald Farm cow pitcher Clay milk carton shaped pitcher from UK

Here are two that aren’t cow shaped, but were too cute to resist. The one with the red handle and face of a cow in a fancy hat is from the Regal Pottery’s Company’s Old McDonald Farm series; it tends to be rather pricey these days. Regal Pottery was established in Antioch, IL in 1938, and was purchased by the Royal China and Novelty Company a couple years later. It was apparently well known for Jim Beam decanters, the Old MacDonald Farm and Little Red Riding Hood series, and cookie jars; it closed in June 1992. The orange clay milk carton with black hooves and shiny white spot came from a fancy ceramic shop in the UK in 1996, and is marked with a handwritten “ii95, ©".

Small Peter Potts cow (maybe) pitcher

This little modern guy was also too cute to pass up. It comes from the Peter Pots Pottery, whose web site notes that they have been making stoneware in Rhode Island since 1948, and since 1954 have been located in the “historic Glen Rock Mill” in West Kingston.

St Michael cow pitcher from Marks & Spencer UK

I debated about this one but finally decided to get it (from a seller in the UK) because it is a least partially cow shaped – the horns (there’s a similar cow on the other side) form the spout. . It’s marked for St. Michael, mold #2233. From Wikipedia I learned that the St Michael brand was introduced in 1928 to designate quality items made by the firm of N. Corah & Sons of Leicester and sold through Marks & Spenser. By 1950, Wikipedia notes, “virtually all goods in Marks & Spenser were sold under the St Michael brand”, which was used as a ‘quality guarantee’. In 2000, Marks & Spenser dropped the St Michael name in favor of their own brand.

T-J-Maxx cow pitcher

I debated about this one also, but the cow is sufficiently part of the shape that I guess it qualifies for the collection…it’s marked for “T-J-Maxx” which mostly does clothes, but I guess a few other things as well.


2 Japanese cow caricature pitchers 2 Japanese cowvhead caricature pitchers

Of course, some cow pitchers are also creamers and vice-versa, i.e. one hole but designed to pour, like a ‘classic’ creamer. There are a few scattered around in various sections – notably the Elsie heads are pitchers in this sense – and here are a couple interesting Japanese versions from, I believe, before WWII. The big-eyed head pitchers are also shown on the Heads page.


Cow pitcher with big nose for handle Smiley-faced cow pitcher

Here are a couple modern interpretations, with the bulbous snout serving as the handle for the one on the left. No wonder she looks so forlorn, getting picked up by the nose. Her companion also has a big nose,but at least she has a handle.

Large cow chef pitcher

This smiling chef is big enough to hold almost a quart. I sometimes wonder why I buy these things!

2 clay bull pitchers or jugs

Here begins a series of clay wine (or perhaps just tourista catchers) jugs, some plain, some colored or glazed. I believe the larger one is from Mexico, and would appear to be simply a souvenir type jug. The smaller and very simple red clay one is a traditional 'Toro Iberico' or Iberian Bull from Cuenca in Spain.

Clay cow headed jug

This is a simple utilitarian clay cow-headed jug that I believe most likely comes from either the US southwest, or Mexico.


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These are both Mexican. According to the seller, the one on the left came from a crowded market in Nogales in 1996, and was based on a Mayan design. I somewhat later bought the black glazed one and didn't immediately realize that it was from essentially the same mold. I have also seen a white one on offer on ebay.

Black clay Mexican cow jug

Not hard to tell where this little black clay cow came from – it has Mexico in large white letters on its tummy. 

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This unusually shaped, hard red clay cow or bull reads “Ron de Salamanca” on its chest. There are Salamancas in both Spain and Mexico, but given that this bull is made to tote Ron (rum), as well as its shape and coloration, I’m betting on the latter. And I’m guessing that the Ron was for drinking, not pouring on the ground. It nearly didn’t make it into the collection because it came with the handle badly broken in shipping (thus the eBay seller refunded the price), as well as a missing horn. Then I broke the other horn.  But it was so unusual that I decided to see if I could patch it up, and here it is, looking not too bad at least from a distance.

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The plain brown bull pitcher here is unmarked. It’s companion, which has “VINO” embossed on its right side and a connected large T and small R on the left, is apparently the same ceramic pitcher, but beautifully wrapped in varnished goatskin parchment. The seller indicated that, although unmarked, it was most likely attributed to Aldo Tura, an Italian artist-craftsman-designer who began his furniture and decorative object business in the 1930’s (see www.tura.it). I’ve poked around a bit and found that Tura did indeed make quite a number of parchment-wrapped bar accessories as well as bars and other furniture, and some of the accessories seem to have been marked with a green label stuck to the bottom, which may have fallen off of this piece. If it is indeed a Tura then I got a heck of a bargain…and if not, at least I’ve now got a really classy goatskin-parchment wrapped vino jug.

Update: Since I acquired the leather-wrapped bull I’ve seen several others on offer in various conditions and with different brands. One, in pretty tough shape, had a label that read “Artesania Raymon, Made in Spain, Ref 125”. I’ve not been able to find out anything about this company except that it’s in Valencia, and has made a variety of other leather-wrapped glass and pottery items. I think this attribution is more likely than Tura.

Large Mexican bull  jug with cups

This extremely large and handsome bull with its own cups is from Mexico. Its belly seems to say something like 'Come closer and in your mouth you will give', which doesn't make a lot of sense. . Perhaps it's some idiomatic saying that neither I nor google translate recognize.

This massive clay jug comes from Peru. I find it extremely enchanting, although I must admit I don't understand the symbolism of the two human heads. When my wife and I visited Peru we greatly enjoyed the pottery collections from many indigenous cultures. And of course we were also taken by the Toritos de Pucara, which are shown both on the Places page and in Rhytons (not to mention the silver bone we commissioned). This one however simply came to me via ebay.

Gaudy large bull (?) pitcher

Cow? Bull? Devil? Heavens only knows, and I for sure should never have bought it but I wanted a closer look. It's here below the lovely Mexicaln and Peruvian jugs simply because it's nearly as large as them, albeit nowhere near as nice.

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No need to guess what this one’s for, or where it’s from: “Sangria” is clearly inscribed on the front, and “El Toro, Madrid” on the side.

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To close out this short sequence, here is a brightly colored one that I got from the UK. Some Brit must have taken a trip and brought back a souvenir.

Bull holding a pitcher, from Costa Rica

This one is more than a bit odd for the collection, but we like to buy at least one cow creamer in every country we visit. A while back we went to Costa Rica for a couple weeks of birding, and this was the only cow we found, in a ‘porcellan’ shop in San Jose that specializes in peddling oriental gee-gaws to the Ticos.


Judy Lotus Cow in red dress holding milk carton container, front Judy Lotus Cow in red dress holding milk carton container, back Judy Lotus Cow in red dress holding milk carton container, base

While we’re in the ‘odd for the collection’ mode, here’s a wild one – designed to hold a quart milk carton. The seller states that it was designed by Judy Shelby Lotus, for her ‘Moo Dairy” collection. I can’t find anything about her or her collection on the web, but both her name and “Moo Dairy” are prominently displayed on the pitcher. If nothing else, this is certainly different…

blown glass cow (or dog) pitcher

Speaking of odd, this is a blown glass liquid holder – the seller said either a dog or a cow, so naturally I assumed it was the latter although I do harbor some serious doubts. It probably came with a cork and metal stopper in the snout. The attribution is possibly to Orrefors Kosta Borda AB, a Swedish utility and art glass company that has a history dating back to 1742 (and since 2005 has been part of the New Wave Group), but more likely (from what I can find on the web) to John Erik Hugo Gehlin (1889-1953) a Swedish glass artist and designer at Gulla Skrufs glassworks which was in production from 1893 to 1995 and was once owned by Orrefors. One way or the other, it for sure seems to be Swedish.

pressed glass creamer with metal lid with cow

This little pressed glass creamer also violates my rules but it does have a nice metal cow (as well as four birds and “cream half milk half”) on the lid, and I justified buying it because it’s small and much more likely to see daily use than any of the others, if only because my wife likes it.