Locations: Manhattan Beach, Torrance
Dates of Operation: 1944 - ?
Seller Values: Check average price on Ebay

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We’ve decided to list the actual company that began its history as Heirlooms of Tomorrow under the name California Originals. This is because the latter was originally a trade name that was used, but eventually overtook the original company name as the desired moniker. For one thing, it had the word “California” in it and this was of course a selling point for many of the potteries located in Southern California.

Also, your are MUCH more likely to come across items marked as “California Originals” than the original name. The two periods of production from this company are extremely different. The company started out as Heirlooms of Tomorrow in Manhattan Beach in the 40s and produced rather “frilly” looking, victorian head busts and figurines. Many of these items had amazing lace detail that was applied onto the figures.

At some point in time, the company moved to Torrance and took on it’s popular trade name as it’s actual name. As California Originals, they produced a staggering assortment of flashy, drip-glaze pottery, houseware and giftware in vibrant colors. While you’ll still find more demure colors and shapes of pottery, their favored colors were loud oranges, reds, yellows, greens and browns. We seem to see a lot of dishes, flowerpots, chip and dips and especially ashtrays.

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It’s the ashtrays, especially the bright, flashy orange drip glaze ones from the 60s-70s, that really scream out California Pottery. This is the type of item many people think of nowadays as California Pottery. There are a great number of similar items that are attributed to California Originals even though they aren’t marked.

There are many stamps from the company, but a few to keep in mind are “Cal Orig”, “Cal Style” and a double “C”, one inside the other along with the word “Originals”. The latter mark we’ve seen consistently on pure white, stucco textured vases and other items, but it probably appears on other items too. They also seems to have used “Cal Style” as their “real” name in brochures. It’s unknown when the company finally stopped making pottery, but they were still producing items as late as the mid 80s.

Note: We've tried to provide as much info as possible on this pottery maker or artist. For further info, you may want to research the items they have on Ebay listed under this name. We've tried to hand tailor the searches below so they will bring up the most accurate results. If there are no results, it will list general California pottery.

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Vtg California Originals Four Piece Lazy Susan Relish Dishes #591
Current Price: $10.95
Current Bids: 0
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Retro 1960s California Originals #732 USA Orange Brown Drip Petal Casserole Dish
Current Price: $19.99
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Levi's 1873 California Originals Graphic T-Shirt Jeans Adult XL Yellow
Current Price: $9.99
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2 Retro California Originals Turquoise & Gold Ashtray (or chopstick holder)
Current Price: $5.99
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Ideal Originals Antique White Gold California Ceramic Box & Lid Mid Century
Current Price: $99.99
Current Bids: 0
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PAIR Vtg California Originals 596 USA Pink Leaf Pottery Dishes Bowls Fish Bones
Current Price: $14.95
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Vintage 3 piece ribbon suite George Brown Originals of California Mink Collar
Current Price: $125.00
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 9h 8m



ORIGINALS California Sunset Vinyl Lp MINT
Current Price: $13.59
Current Bids: 0
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1977 STAR WARS RUMPH OBI WAN KENOBI CALIFORNIA ORIGINALS STEIN / MUG CHRISTMAS
Current Price: $9.99
Current Bids: 1
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PHIL OCHS 3 LP LOT ORIGINALS w TAPE FROM CALIFORNIA, ALL THE NEWS FIT TO SING NM
Current Price: $9.00
Current Bids: 1
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CALIFORNIA ORIGINALS RAGGEDY ANN COOKIE JAR #859
Current Price: $35.99
Current Bids: 0
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Vintage Josef Originals Figurine "Party Dress" in light green - California Label
Current Price: $45.00
Current Bids: 0
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ROY'S CABANA CALIFORNIA ORIGINALS BAHAMA BAR TEE T SHIRT Sz Mens XL red
Current Price: $8.99
Current Bids: 0
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VINTAGE 1977 STAR WARS OBI-WAN KENOBI CALIFORNIA ORIGINALS TANKARD MUG RUMPH
Current Price: $119.99
Current Bids: 0
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