Activities Sports & Athletics California Originals Jars Share PINTEREST Email Print Sports & Athletics Other Activities Collecting Cigars Baseball Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Golf Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Skating Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Learn More By Barbara Crews Barbara Crews is a lifelong collector who was featured on A&E for her collections. She has contributed to Antique Trader, Today’s Vintage, and more. our editorial process Barbara Crews Updated March 17, 2017 01 of 14 Cookie Monster Barb Crews California Originals started life in 1945 as Heirlooms of Tomorrow, making fine quality porcelain lace figurines. How the company changed directions from those intricate figurines to the brown cookie jars it's became known for is a mystery to me, but the name was changed, the company moved to Torrence California and the production of pottery artware began. Several companies produced brown wood-grain color jars, but California Originals and Twin Winton were the most prolific. Their finishes are quite distinctive, when it wasn't brown, it was often in a matte finish, often with cold paint. California Original jars are marked usually on the side, bottom portion of the jar. Several of the jars shown in the gallery have links to their particular mark. This is the jar that started me on the road to collecting! There have been numerous Sesame Street Cookie Monster jars produced over the years, but this is the original one. Produced: California OriginalsSize: 12"Mark: Muppets Inc 970 Values: $65. - $95. 02 of 14 Oscar the Grouch © Barb Crews Another great licensed jar from California Originals. Check out the original catalog advertisement for a quartet of Sesame Street jars offered for sale in 1977. Circa: 1977Size: 12"Original Price: $17.95Current Values: $40. - $65 03 of 14 Count Dracula Barb Crews Count Dracula has been reproduced by Hawkeye Collectibles, the mold is the same, but slightly smaller. The reproduction jar has gold trim. Produced: California OriginalsSize: 11 3/4"Mark: 975Values: $275. - $400. See side by side comparisons of authentic vs reproduction. 04 of 14 Cuckoo Clock Barb Crews Shown on 1976 Catalog Sheets Approximately 9 ½" Estimated Values - $150. - $200. 05 of 14 Little Red Riding Hood California Originals. Barb Crews This Little Red Riding Hood jar has a certain charm but is a far cry from other Little Red Riding Hood jars that are often delicate and quite attractive. This value on this jar ranks up with many of the Hull Regal jars, but is not as sought after by collectors. Made by California OriginalsSize: 13 1/4"Rarity: Hard to FindValues: $250 - $350Mark: 320 Little Red Riding Hood cookie jars 06 of 14 Donald Duck on Pumpkin Barbara Crews Produced by: California OriginalsDate: 1970sSize: 12 ¼" Values: $175 - $250 See more Donald Duck Cookie jars! 07 of 14 Mickey on Drum Bill Correll Produced: California OriginalsSize: 11.75" tallValues: $200 - $250 08 of 14 Dumbo Jar from California Originals Dumbo California Originals. Dropzone439 -- eBay Seller California Originals JarMarks: Walt Disney Prod U.S.A. 969Available: 1960s/1970s?Values: $450 - $800 Image Courtesy of eBay Seller Dropzone439 09 of 14 California Originals Tigger Jimmy Bennett One of the classic jars from California Originals. It is believed this jar was sold at Sears, Roebuck in the 1970s. Size: 12"Values: $175 - $275. 10 of 14 Bambi Bill Correll Produced: California OriginalsValues: $225. - $275. 11 of 14 Noahs Ark Barb Crews Produced: California OriginalsSize: 12"Mark: 881 USAValues: $90. - $150. 12 of 14 California Originals Schoolhouse Cookie jar Barb Crews Produced: California OriginalsSize: 12 1/2"Mark: 869Values: $25. - $75. This jar has particularly good cold paint, most of the school house jars I've seen are in fairly poor condition. 13 of 14 Lion and Lamb by California Original Mickelson Auction California OriginalAuction Price: $115.Auction Date: May 2010 Here are a few more California Original jar prices from the Snyder Auction:California OriginalLion and Lamp -- $115.Platypus-- $150.Penguin -- $30.Woody Woodpecker -- $170.Clown on Drum -- $475.Humpty Dumpty -- $50. 14 of 14 Penguin by California Original Mickelson Auction This hard-to-find California Original jar isn't seen very often. The buyer of this particular jar saw it at a Mickelson auction many years ago when Charlie Snyder won that bidding war. They looked for it ever since, never to find one. This is apparently the one missed so many years ago. California OriginalAuction Price: $30.Auction Date: May 2010 Here are a few more California Original jar prices from the Snyder Auction:California OriginalLion and Lamp -- $115.Platypus-- $150.Penguin -- $30.Woody Woodpecker -- $170.Clown on Drum -- $475.Humpty Dumpty -- $50.