Locations: Apple Valley
Dates of Operation: Unknown
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I’ve come across Sims Ceramics items quite a few times, so I knew that this was probably not a one-off project by someone. However, I hadn’t found any additional information about the company - and most of the items that seemed to appear were the “Snack Sets” that were made popular in the 1950s-60s. These individual trays had room for a cup - many different potteries and glassware companies made them. In most cases, these sets were marked inmold with “Sims” but without any other information. So it’s been somewhat of a mystery.
But the other day, I came across some very different items marked as Sims. There were a salt and pepper shaker pair, along with four small snack dishes or ashtrays. They had a goldleaf and black rooster design on each item that I hadn’t seen before. Most importantly, these items were all marked with a red ink stamp: “Sims Ceramics Apple Valley California“. This was really interesting because I’ve been to Apple Valley, an area east of Victorville which is over the Cajon Pass (up the 15 Fwy). In the 1970s-80s, our parents used to take us camping and dirtbike riding in the undeveloped parts of that area. So it was really interesting to find out that’s where Sims Ceramics was located at one time.
Other than that, I haven’t been able to find any more information about the company. The “sprayed” black glaze on the items I saw is very typical of a lot of potteries around the time - it sort of reminds me of Brock of California. The snack sets I’ve seen have often been a light green with a sprayed brown border. I think I’ve also seen them in speckled colors.
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