The American Bisque Company was established in 1919 in Williamstown, West Virginia. This company was not originally started by the Allen family, but it was purchased by B.E. Allen in 1922 and it remained in the Allen family until 1982. The factory closed its doors in 1983. American Bisque is responsible for many of the rare collectible cookie jars that we find today. This brief history was gleaned from the books "The Collector's Encyclopedia of Cookie Jars 1 and 2" by Fred and joyce Herndon Roerig. These books are an invaluable reference source of information on cookie jars and we highly recommend them.