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



Vintage HTF Josef Originals California - Teddy in Blue Suit - 5.5" Figurine
Current Price: $14.99
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 11m



Vintage CALIFORNIA ORIGINALS? Green Pear Cookie Jar #2337 Rustic look
Current Price: $25.00
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 1h 15m



EXC! Josef Originals California Figurine CINDY Town & Country Series Needlepoint
Current Price: $58.00
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 2h 43m



California Originals by Kathryn Short Sleeve Button Down Shirt L Handmade Floral
Current Price: $3.99
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 3h 2m



Vintage California Originals Sheriff on Safe Cookie Jar, Cookie Safe RARE
Current Price: $44.99
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 3h 15m



Josef Originals California "Kate" Girl drying dishes figurine
Current Price: $58.00
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 3h 45m



Vtg 1960s California Originals Ceramic Happy TURTLE COOKIE JAR #2635 Antiqued Oc
Current Price: $50.00
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 5h 42m



Vintage Madeline Originals of California Mid Century Modern Large Orange Vase
Current Price: $50.00
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 6h 40m



Retro Kitchen California Originals USA Pottery Green Glaze Casserole W/ Lid
Current Price: $11.97
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 6h 52m



Vintage California Originals Pottery - Soup Tureen with Warmer - Flowers
Current Price: $40.00
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 7h 2m



Vintage Adde Originals California Wool Overcoat Tangerine Orange SZ 2-4
Current Price: $149.00
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 8h 26m



Discontinued California Originals Tea Kettle Cookie Jar
Current Price: $16.95
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 9h 12m



New Mens Adidas Originals California 3 Stripe Logo T-Shirts Top
Current Price: $25.95
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 9h 41m



New Mens Adidas Originals California 3 Stripe Logo T-Shirts Top
Current Price: $25.95
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 9h 41m


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.

Images

Potteries of CaliforniaPotteries of CaliforniaPotteries of CaliforniaPotteries of California

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.

  

Galleries By Company



Visit us on Flickr!

Identification

Resources

About

Latest News & Finds