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California Originals

Heirlooms of Tomorrow was founded in the 1940s by William Bailey.  The pottery was first located in Manhattan Beach, but in the '50s was moved to Torrance, California and renamed California Originals.  It is believed that California Originals closed their doors sometime around 1980.  Their vases, ashtrays, lazy susans, bowls and serving trays were produced in great numbers, and are typically found in beautiful (often bright) colors accented with gold decoration.

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At 15½" tall, this California Originals Crane TV lamp is really impressive. It also looks great when switched-on! California Originals called it the L-709 Water Bird Planter Lamp. Photos courtesy of Linda Buchanan, Newbury Park, CA.
back view Back view of the Calif. Originals Crane.
California Originals Catalog A page from the Fall 1961 California Originals catalog shows the L-709 Water Bird at the top-left. How about that "Fu Dog" planter lamp?
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This pheasant TV lamp by California Originals is a real show-stopper...it's a beauty! The manufacturer's catalog calls this one the L-701 Pheasant Lamp. It is interesting to note that this same design, identical in every way, can also be found with the Gilner marking.
California Originals TV Lamp The airbrushed 22k gold is heavily applied over the black glaze, making for a gorgeous finish.
California Originals TV Lamp Back view of the California Originals pheasant.
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This L-708 Swan Planter Lamp from California Originals is very similar to TV lamps from Maddux and Lane. While the design isn't distinctive when compared to the others, it is certainly less common. Photos courtesy of Linda from Soda Springs, ID.
California Originals TV Lamp Back-view of the California Originals swan TV Lamp.
California Originals Catalog Here is a page from the Fall 1961 California Originals catalog showing the previous two lamps, the swan and the pheasant.
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In stark contrast to the lamp above, this California Originals TV lamp bold rather than graceful. Its size makes it a real showpiece, as it is 9½" tall and 21" long! Photos courtesy of Brian Thompson at eBay's Tonyasattic2003.
California Originals TV Lamp With a back view we can see the markings, which read E-41029 and CAL. ORIG. U.S.A. L-430.
California Originals TV Lamp The accuracy of proportions and care with detail show this to be the work of a master sculptor.
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As with most half-donut planter lamps, this one by California Originals is an often found design.
California Originals TV Lamp Top view of the California Originals planter/lamp.
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Here we have the L-704 Horse Lamp, a seldom-seen product from the California Originals stable.
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California Originals gave this this "two horse" TV lamp a strong sculptural quality, with subtle airbrushing and 22k gold providing accents. It is marked L-705 Calif. Orig. U.S.A. Photos courtesy of eBay seller crzy65.
California Originals TV Lamp Back-view of the two-horses by California Originals.
California Originals TV Lamp It also has a substantial planter area.
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An infrequently seen lamp, California Originals called it the L-702 Mtn. Lion Lamp. Photos courtesy of Deirdre from Lititz, Pennsylvania.
California Originals TV Lamp Back view.
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California Originals was fond of airbrushed gold, and they held nothing back on this one!
California Originals TV Lamp Back view. California Originals called it the L-706 Leaf Planter Lamp.
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Elegant birds like this were a prominent part of California Originals line, and their fragile nature probably accounts for their rarity today.
California Originals TV Lamp Back view.
California Originals TV Lamp This one sure looks like a pheasant, but California Originals made another TV lamp that was called a pheasant in their catalog, so I'm at a loss. (unfortunately this design isn't present in my Cal. Orig. catalog)
California Originals TV Lamp Back view.

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