Locations: Los Angeles
Dates of Operation: 1940s - ?
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Weil of California was begun in the 1940s by Max Weil a former Gladding McBean employee. This is notable, because when Gladding’s adopted Catalina artware line was discontinued, Weil bought some of the old Catalina molds and proceeded to produce his own artware using them. You’ll find quite a number of different Weil items with Catalina shapes, but as far as I know they’re always marked as Weil, so there shouldn’t be confusion. According to Chipman, the items produced by Weil were generally of a lesser quality than the ones produced by GMcB. From the items we’ve seen, this indeed seems to be the case.

I’m a bit confused as to Max Weil’s earlier (or is it coincident) work. He had a company called California Figurine Company that produced a lot of different figurines in the style popular in the day - in particular Dutch style figurines, flower holders and vases. I’m not sure if that company was started before he was producing the Catalina copies, but I believe so. I think his figurine company was eventually renamed to Weil of California in the mid 1940s, but I’m not sure what the Catalina stuff was released under, although those items were marked in the usual way (i.e. “Weil Ware”).

One of Weil’s popular non-figurine lines were the bamboo decorated Malay Bambu dinnerware items. We see a lot of this around in antique stores, and single items occasionally show up in thrift stores as well. These are all handpainted, and came in both round and square shapes. An similar line that used flowers instead of Bambu was called Malay Blossom.

The photo above is a vase with Asian-inspired scenery that was probably produced in the 1940s or so. There are quite a few items with this pattern - an interesting thing about them are the textured tree foliage created with tiny rock or clay particles.

The backstamps on items vary slightly, but the majority feature ink-stamp standard text saying “Hand Decorated Weil Ware Made In California Pat Applied For” along with the donkey symbol. I believe a smaller number of pieces may not be marked at all - not sure if that was intentional, or if they originally had paper labels. So far, we haven’t seen items marked with his older California Figurine Co. name.

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Weil Ware of California Blossom Five Piece Set in Celadon Green
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Weil Ware of California Blossom Cereal/Dessert Bowl and Small Plate
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Vtg hand decorated Weil Ware Covered Butter dish California Pottery
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Weil of California. Weil ware 8 blossom pattern, plates. 5-3/4". late 1940s.
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VINTAGE WEIL WARE CALIFORNIA POTTERY DOGWOOD PATTERN WATER PITCHER W/ ICE LIP
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Weil Ware California desert rose dessert plates - set of four
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Weil Ware California desert rose coffee cup saucers - set of six, NO CUPS
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Weil Ware California desert rose creamer & sugar set
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Weil Ware California Pottery Vintage Art Deco Japanese Geisha Fan Vase Planter
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1940's Vintage WEIL WARE Oriental girl figurine 9 inches tall
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Weil Ware Malay Blossom Cups & Saucers 16 Pieces California Pottery Gray
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Vintage Weil Ware creamer & sugar California Bamboo Pattern 149605 149606 pat
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1940's Weil Ware of California Chartreuse and Coral Bud Vase
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Weil Ware California Pottery, Dogwood Platter & Serving Bowl, Mid Century
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