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L150 Vtg Josef Originals Lot 2 Xvii French Love Makes The World Go Round Series For Sale
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L150 VTG JOSEF ORIGINALS LOT 2 XVII FRENCH LOVE MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND SERIES
We offer for your offerding consideration Two HTF Josef Originals includes "Marie" from the XVII-Century French series, stands 7" tall and is valued at $165-175 in most recent reference guide of 2008 by Jim and Kaye Whitaker and Dee Harris titled Josef Originals 3rd Edition on page 72 and Lady from "Love Makes the World Go Round" series, but is untitled. She stands 9" tall and is valued at $164-175 on page 72 of 3rd edition listed previously. REFERENCES: OUR THANKS TO JOSEFDOLLS.COM FOR HELP WITH IDENTIFICATION AND A GREAT SITE FOR JOSEF ORIGINALS COLLECTORS. HISTORY: Before the Second World War, Muriel Joseph was a jewelry maker, producing Lucite jewelry under "Muriel of California." World War II changed all of that. Lucite was largely unavailable to the public during the War, so Joseph turned to making jewelry from ceramics. Muriel's fiancÃ©, Tom George, returned to Southern California at the end of the war but was unable to work. During his hiatus, George started making molds of Joseph's models. Ultimately, the two married, and in 1946 started producing California ceramics under the name Josef Originals. Yes, there is a story behind the name "Josef Originals." The name was supposed to be spelled "Joseph," but the printer made a mistake on the first set of labels that were ordered. It was too late to change the labels. The orders were in and the ceramics had to be shipped. So, "Josef Originals" was born. Josef Originals was one of the many ceramics producers who opened in Southern California and across the United States in response to the postwar prosperity. And, like all of the other ceramics producers in the United States, Josef Originals suffered when cheap imitations started being imported from Japan. Muriel stepped up to the challenge by producing finer ceramics. However, since these ceramics cost even more, Josef Originals continued to lose sales to Japanese imports. In 1959, after forming a partnership with George Good, a representative and distributor of other California ceramics producers, Muriel and Tom traveled to Japan to train workers at the Katayama factory to produce Josef Originals. The days of producing Josef Originals in California were over. Business boomed again for Josef Originals. Muriel remained active in Josef Originals for another twenty-odd years, until she retired in 1981.
Retail Value Estimate: $325-$350
Condition: Minor wear Weight: 1lb 8oz
Measurements (LxWxH): 6 inches x 4.5 inches x 9 inches
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