Shawnee Pottery Company opened in 1937 in Zanesville, Ohio. The Shawnee name and mark were inspired by an Indian head found on the ground during construction of the factory. At its peak, Shawnee produced over ten thousand pieces a day.
Shawnee’s corn pieces were first produced as a promotional item
Dating your Shawnee corn pieces:
- White Corn: 1941-1946
- Corn King: 1946-1954
- Corn Queen: 1954-1961
- "USA": pre-WWII
- "USA" with a number: 1945-1961
- "Shawnee, USA" with a number: 1946-1961
- Most pieces left the factory with paper labels which are now long gone . Most pieces are unmarked or just have “USA” marked on the bottom.
- Lots of other companies made corn lines of their own. Their molds and glazes were not exactly the same so an experienced collector can immediately spot the differences.
- Most Shawnee pieces are glazed completely inside and out except for a raised rim on the bottom. The larger pieces can be completely unglazed on the bottom.
Caring for your vintage Shawnee Pottery pieces:
- Hand wash with warm water and a mild dishwashing soap. NEVER put in your dishwasher.
- Don’t be afraid to use them! Many collectors use their pieces regularly.