Brush- McCoy Pottery Company
6 cubic feet
Collection Synopsis '
Provenance: The Ohio Historical Society acquired the Brush- McCoy
Pottery Company records as a g i f t of Dearborn Enterprises, through
the auspices of legal agent Mrs. W. Clare Barnett, in August, 1982.
Richard W. Arpi processed the collection in November 1982.
Property rights: The Ohio Historical Society owns the property
rights t o t h i s collection.
Copyrights: Dearborn Enterprises has dedicated such copyrights as
it possesses in t h i s collection to the public. Consideration of
a l l other copyrights is the responsibility of the author and
Access: This collection i s open under the rules and regulations
of the Ohio Historical Society.
Citation: Researchers are requested t o c i t e collection name,
collection number, and the Ohio Historical Society in a l l foot-note
and bibliographic references.
Transfer: Photographs and blueprints were transferred to audio-visual
collections in November 1982. Eight additional items,
including pottery f e s t i v a l souvenir programs and pottery magazines
were transferred to the Library in November 1982.
Historical sketch: The Brush- McCoy Pottery Company was formed in
1 9 1 1 upon the merger of the McCoy Pottery Company and the Brush
Pottery Company. J. W. McCoy of Roseville, Ohio, founded the
McCoy Pottery Company under West Virginia law in 1899. In 1905,
t h i s Roseville pottery became an Ohio corporation. George S. Brush
founded the Brush Pottery Company in Zanesville in December 1906.
Fire and flooding destroyed the Brush plant in November 1908. In
January 1909, George Brush became secretary and general manager of
the J. W. McCoy Pottery Company and two years l a t e r t h i s firm
bought out the remaining assets of the Brush Pottery Company,
Upon the merger of the two companies, the offices were moved to
Zanesville. The Zanesville plant became plant # 1 and the Roseville
kilns became plant # 2. The company, now known as Brush- McCoy
. Pottery, operated nineteen kilns with plant # l producing artware
and plant # 2 producing stoneware and cooking ware. Fire destroyed
the manufacturing sections of the Zanesville plant in 1918. The
company continued manufacturing pottery a t the Roseville plant
while the offices and warehouses remained in Zanesville. In 1925,
the McCoy family withdrew their interests and the firm became
known, for the next f i f t y years, as the Brush Pottery Company.
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