Heirlooms of Tomorrow was founded by William Bradley in 1944 at Manhattan Beach, California. The company produced artistic forms of Dresden-type head busts and figurines from 1944-1955. Many of these items had amazing lace detail that was applied onto the figures. In 1955 the company moved to Torrance and took on it’s popular trade name as it’s actual name. As California Originals, they produced a staggering assortment of drip-glaze pottery, house-ware and gift-ware in vibrant colors. The company closed in 1982.
This lovely Dresden-type figurine is an excellent example of the items created during the early period. She is named "Marilyn" and portrays a beautiful Victorian lady in a floor length, white lace gown of minute and larger lace patterns. Around the waist are layers of delicate lace with an applied flower in the front. The puffed sleeves are unbelievable, as is the large lace hat adorned with applied flowers. Each layer of lace is trimmed with gold. Her lovely facial features, blue eyes, ruby lips,reddish brown long hair and expressionistic hands complete the image. She stands 8 1/2" in height and is marked on the base with blue shield stamp containing the initials W. B, and "Heirlooms of Tomorrow - Made In USA"; original foil sticker "An Original Heirlooms of Tomorrow - Manhattan Beach, Calif" and in gold script "Marilyn" #841. The condition is very good with four areas of lace missing along the bottom edge of the skirt; there are also several small damages on the hat.