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 "Penny" and portrays a beautiful Victorian lady in a floor length, pastel pink lace gown with white lace under-skirt and shawl. She is carrying a soft blue woven purse with applied pink roses decoration, which matches her bonnet. Her lovely facial features, blue eyes, ruby lips,reddish brown hair and expressionistic hands complete the image. She stands 7 3/4" 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 "Penn" #1190 - 86". The condition is good with small and larger areas of the pink lace missing as well as some damage along the base of the white under-skirt.