California Originals Cookie Jars

california originals cookie jars Supermancalifornia originals cookie jars Big BirdJust after the second world war, William D. Bailey opened his ceramic company in Manhatten Beach California, naming it "Heirlooms of Tomorrow". He produced porcelain laced figurines that were reputed to be on a par with many of the old line European artisans. A few years later Bailey moved operations to Torrence, California and changed the company name to California Originals.

At the same time of the move the company's focus was also switched over to quality artware productions for major retail chains like Sears, Pennys, and Montgomery Ward. Bailey also picked up accounts with Avon, Top Value and S & H Green stamps. In 1979 the firm was sold to Roman Ceramics of Mayfield Kentucky. The operation was closed down for economic reasons three years later, in 1982.

California Originals out put of cookie jars was impressive. The majority depict animals, people, and copyrighted favorites such as Superman, Disney and Sesame Street characters. These characters were very big at the time and the retail stores that sold California Originals were well pleased with the popularity of the cookie jars. The predominant features of a California Original jar is a matte Brown body, accented with one or two highlight colors.

Identifying Vintage California Originals Cookie Jars

You can usually easily identify California Originals cookie jars by the way that they were marked. In most cases the firm used a three or four digit number followed by the letters USA impressed on one line. In many cases the lids are also marked. However there are a few instances where the jars weren't marked at all.

Vintage California Originals Prices

As is true of all collectibles the "law of supply and demand" controls prices, and California Originals cookie jars are no exception.
Because of the large volume of jars sold through the giant retail chains of the 50's, 60's and 70's there is an abundance of California Originals cookie jars available today. This has tended to keep down the prices for today's collectors and many real bargains can easily be found.

Some of the more common jars, such as "Squirrel on Stump" and "Winking Owl" can readily be found for under $25.
However some of the harder to find jars such as Superman and many of the Disney characters have skyrocketed. Jars like "Superman in a Phone Booth" or "Count Dracula" have been known to command prices in the $600 to $800 price range.

One of the easiest ways to get an idea of the value of a particular jar, or to find out how much yours may be worth, is to see if any others like it have sold recently on eBay. And if so at what price? Do this by going to eBay Here , and clicking on the 'advanced search' button at the top of the menu bar. This will bring you to a more detailed search screen. Enter your cookie jar description and manufacturer, such as "California Originals Sheriff Cookie Jar" then check the 'completed listings only' box and hit enter. This will bring up a list of all jars that fit your description sold on eBay during the last month with the prices they sold for. (PLEASE NOTE: You must be a logged in member of eBay to use this feature. If you are not a member, sign up is FREE and you can do it here.)

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It is important to note that the following cookie jars are auction listings, over which this site has no control with respect to their vintage authenticity. Collectors should take the precautions outlined in "Fakes and Counterfeits" prior to bidding on any vintage cookie jar over $100.

1960's era California Originals smiling happy Turtle Cookie Jar

1960's era California Originals smiling happy Turtle Cookie Jar

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Vtg California Originals Catapillar Cookie Jar Rare Canister

Vtg California Originals Catapillar Cookie Jar Rare Canister

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