A Manhattan Cookie Jar? Don’t Be So Sure!

I’ve seen this cookie or biscuit jar advertised all over the place as Anchor Hocking’s “Manhattan.”

It sure looks like “Manhattan,” with its distinctive horizontal ribs, and it is pink — one of the original colors.

But it isn’t.

I first became suspicious when I saw that Gene Florence’s listing in his “Encyclopedia of Depression Glass” didn’t show any pieces with glass lids at all! Even the sugar doesn’t seem to have a lid. But everywhere I looked online, it was presented as “Manhattan.” It was driving me crazy. If it isn’t “Manhattan,” what is it?

Then a glass expert referred me to author Hazel Marie Weatherman, who lists this cookie jar as an Anchor Hocking pattern. It just isn’t “Manhattan.” And it technically isn’t by Anchor Hocking, either, since it was made under the “Hocking Glass” name.

The good news is that even serious collectors of “Manhattan” don’t mind incorporating patterns that complement it.
The rounder Hazel Atlas salt and pepper shakers, for example, are often preferred over the original squared-off versions. Many people also collect Hocking’s 1987 reissue, “Park Avenue,” because it is “Manhattan” with some slight differences.

Hazel Atlas Salt & Pepper Shakers. Photo courtesy of FabVintageEstates, Etsy

Hazel Atlas Salt & Pepper Shakers. Photo courtesy of FabVintageEstates, Etsy

“Manhattan” pieces aren’t terribly expensive, but the cookie jars I’ve seen come with impressive asking prices. I’m sure the sellers are simply misguided, because the jar does look like the famous pattern and would be a wonderful addition to a “Manhattan” collection.

Just know what you’re getting before you buy!

And enjoy the hunt!

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About sarathurston

I'm a marketing communications writer who also loves antiques and collectibles. You can find my shop on Etsy at http://www.etsy.com/shop/JanvierRoad
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