Q: My neighbor bought a cookie jar for me at a yard sale because she knows that I collect cookie jars. I haven’t been able to find any information about the jar. This is the mark on the bottom. Can you tell me who made the jar and how old it is?
A: Your jar was made in China for Burton & Burton, a giftware company based in Bogart, Georgia. The company was originally called “Flowers, Inc. Balloons,” which is why “fib” is part of the mark. Flowers, Inc. Balloons was founded by Maxine Burton in 1982 to supply balloons to florists. Burton & Burton was founded later as a giftwares division with products that included vases, baskets, containers, cookie jars, and other items. The two divisions merged in 2006 to form “burton + BURTON.” Your jar is probably not more than 25 years old.