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 Pink Gold Swordfish & Shell RARE Fish bath Wall Decor
Current Price: $125.00
Current Bids: 0
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Vintage Ceramic Freeman Mcfarlin Mermaids with starfish bubbles fish bath decor
Current Price: $114.99
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VINTAGE FREEMAN McFarlin Fish Wall Pocket Plaque Mermaid Bubbles fish bath decor
Current Price: $125.00
Current Bids: 0
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KAY FINCH FREEMAN MCFARLIN GOLD LEAF POODLE
Current Price: $275.00
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Vintage Goldleaf Freeman McFarlin Mushroom EUC
Current Price: $18.00
Current Bids: 0
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Vintage Freeman McFarlin Medieval Noble Knight #962 signed Gold Leaf
Current Price: $29.99
Current Bids: 1
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A Mid Century DECO Ceramic Turtle Freeman McFarlin Signed Anthony Calif USA 162
Current Price: $30.00
Current Bids: 0
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Vintage 1961 Freeman McFarlin Art Pottery Blue Gold Pot Vase Modern USA
Current Price: $54.99
Current Bids: 0
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Hagen Renaker Pottery Collector ID$ Guide: Figurines incl Freeman McFarlin MORE
Current Price: $29.95
Current Bids: 0
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VERY RARE VTG FREEMAN MCFARLIN MARLIN SWORDFISH FISH WALL POCKET PLAQUE A
Current Price: $185.00
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 20h 21m



Vintage Freeman McFarlin Wall Pocket Cherub Planter, Cherub On A Cloud
Current Price: $89.95
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 21h 15m



Old Vintage Freeman & McFarlin Ashtray Tobacco Mid-Century Smoking Tool Retro
Current Price: $20.00
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 21h 32m



Mid Century FREEMAN MCFARLIN Kay Finch COCKER SPANIEL PUPPY in GOLD
Current Price: $12.99
Current Bids: 1
Ends in: 21h 46m



ULTRA RARE!!! Vintage Freeman McFarlin Mermaid & Babies Wall Plaque Ceramic
Current Price: $998.00
Current Bids: 0
Ends in: 1d 1h 9m


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