Activities Sports & Athletics The History of Regal China Company Share PINTEREST Email Print © Victorian Casino Antiques 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 There are several dates thrown about for the time frame of when The Regal China Company was founded. According to Mike Schneider, The Complete Cookie Jar Book the company was founded in the late 1920s - 1930 by Herman Kravitz in Chicago, Illinois. The fact is certainly sketchy when it comes to the older companies*. To back his date up, Schneider also states that Catherine Miller was hired as a decorator for the company in 1930. Which would make it almost a decade older than other sources claim? The company later moved to Antioch (about 50 miles north) in 1940. Royal China and Novelty Company During the 1940s Regal was bought by distributor Royal China and Novelty Company. In 1968 the company became a part of the James Beam Distilling Company. A perfect fit since Regal had been producing Jim Beam Bottles since 1955 -- an ashtray? and continued until the company stopped manufacturing. The company had a long 62-year run but closed down in 1992. Little Red Riding Hood Although the patent for the popular Little Red Riding Hood jar was issued to Hull. Hull only did the blanks and sent the jars to Royal China and Novelty Company to be decorated. After decorating they were sent BACK to Hull for distribution. Confusing, right? It gets more so, because the Royal/Regal company also produced jars, along with most of the go-withs. Learn more about how to tell the difference in Little Red Riding Hood Cookie Jars. Decanter Prices A sampling of Jim Beam Decanter prices on eBay, Spring 2013. Fox Decanter Speckled Silver Coat with a Turtle Behind Back (rare sample?)Auction Price: $3350.50Spiro T Agnew Elephant Decanter w/ScrollDate: 1972Auction Price: 799.Red Coat FoxAuction Price: $599.Dulcimer Decanter KY Musical FestivalDate: 1986Auction Price: $488.White 1957 Chevy Belair DecanterAuction Price: $375.Ducks Unlimited Loon DecanterAuction Price: $333.Palumbo Fruit Company 1929 Ford Model A Pickup TruckAuction Price: $199.Angelo's Liquors Red 1957 Corvette30th Anniversary/1961 - 1991Auction Price: $175.JR Ewing Decanter w/Music BoxDate: 1980Auction Price: $172.50 Regal China Jars It often takes someone with supreme sleuthing skills to figure out what company made what jar during the golden age of cookie jars. Molds were often used by more than one company or were copied so closely as to be hard to tell the difference. According to by Mike Schneider, Regal jars that are similar designs include the Puss'n Boots (Shawnee), the majorette and churn boy. The company made several jars were produced for as licensed advertising products, including the Quaker Oats jar, Kraft Bear, Washtub Angel and Harris Bank Lion (later produced by Lefton). Some of the better known and more sought after Regal cookie jars include: MajoretteToby ChefDavy CrockettGoldilocksKraft Marshmallow BearLittle Red Riding HoodOld McDonald FarmUncle Mistletoe (Marshall Fields)Alice in WonderlandPeek-a-Boo by Ruth Van TellingenCookie Jarrin' Angel (Cookie Jar publication) Bottom Line Regal China was best known for their long and prolific line of Jim Beam decanters, those pieces were very clever designs and quite popular with collectors for a long time. There are clubs devoted to collecting decanters and those interested in Regal China should take a look at some of the great designs made for Jim Beam. As with the decanters, the company's cookie jars were also clever and well-made. The quality of the jar was apparent and it was a loss to collectors when the company went out of business. More Resources for Collectors Cookie Jar Company ProfilesJar Pictures and Value Guide *I've interviewed and chatted with Schneider several times over the years and am impressed with his research, so I tend to believe the facts as he publishes them.