Locations: El Monte, San Marcos
Dates of Operation: 1927 - 1980
Seller Values: Check average price on Ebay

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I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of most of the Freeman McFarlin Potteries pieces. Many of their items, which often focus on animal and human figurines, just seem so tacky, over the top and garish to me. However, I think that’s the point for many people who collect it. I know that their gold leaf items are also sought after. I like some of their more midcentury modern looking items plus some of the vases, but I have to admit that I bought the candlesticks shown above primarily for the backstamp and to have an example for the site.

One thing to note about this company is the discrepancies in how people label the company. I’ve seen many different spellings, especially of McFarlin as “MacFarlane”, “MacFarlin”, “McFarlane”, “McFarlan”, or “MacFarlen”. I believe the actual name (from the stamp on the pieces I have) was Freeman & McFarlin Potteries, but we’ve omitted the ampersand and the word “potteries” for convenience.

The pottery came together fully in the 1940s, after Maynard Anthony Freeman joined Gerald H. McFarlin’s pottery business; the latter had been the head of several art-related businesses previously, while Freeman became the designer side of the business. The plant was located in El Monte. As mentioned, the earlier business focused on animals (Chipman lists a whole host of animals and gives detailed pictures of many models in his book).

The company used a number of different designers freelance and inhouse, most notably Kay Finch. After Finch’s factory closed in the 60s, Freeman-McFarlin bought out several of the mold designs and continued producing them in various treatments. Finch also did original designs for them in the 60s-70s on a freelance basis. One of the things that the company was very good at was repurposing or “imitating” successful lines from other California potteries (such as Jaru or Monterey’s Monterey Jade). But then, EVERYONE was doing that to try and survive, so you can’t really fault the company.

They added a second factory in San Marcos. By the time the El Monte location closed in the 70s, the company was in different hands - it finally ended up as part of Hagen-Renaker in the 80s.

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VINTAGE FREEMAN MCFARLIN # 144, #145 GOLD LEAF COYOTE FIGURINE SIGNED ANTHONY
Current Price: $93.50
Current Bids: 16
Ends in: 32m



RETRO/VNTG FREEMAN MCFARLIN CALIF POTTERY ASHTRAY SIGNED ANTHONY 263 USA
Current Price: $19.95
Current Bids: 0
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Freeman and McFarlin Pottery Of California
Current Price: $6.99
Current Bids: 0
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Vintage FREEMAN-McFARLIN ORIGINALS Large Pottery Ashtray ~ Original Label
Current Price: $9.99
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 6h 56m



Ceramic Big Ears Mouse Figurine, Anthony Freeman Mcfarlin #142 Mr. & Mrs. Mouse
Current Price: $45.00
Current Bids: 0
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Vintage USA CA Freeman & McFarlin Pottery Pair (2) Candle Holders & 2 Birds
Current Price: $29.99
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 7h 31m



Freeman McFarlin duck California pottery figurine signed vintage and large
Current Price: $12.99
Current Bids: 2
Ends in: 8h 9m



Freeman Mcfarlin Candlestick - Candle Holder - Signed Anthony
Current Price: $4.95
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 8h 22m



Vintage Anthony Freeman McFarlin Bowl Dish 1950s
Current Price: $21.69
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 10h 14m



Gold Freeman McFarlin California Pottery Seahorse Sea Horse Fish Figurine
Current Price: $60.00
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 10h 48m



#15- VTG.CERAMIC -CA. FREEMAN &McFARLIN GREEN DESERT STAND
Current Price: $4.95
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 11h 21m



Vintage Freeman McFarlin Retro Modern Cigar Pipe Large White Ceramic Ashtray
Current Price: $9.95
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 15h 31m



Vintage Freeman McFarlin LARGE - 12" Tall Fish Wall Plaque Hanging for Mermaid
Current Price: $325.00
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 19h 46m



Vintage Freeman McFarlin USA Pottery Dogs Planter Signed Beautiful Colors VG
Current Price: $27.71
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 23h 43m


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