Q: I have a figurine that’s marked “Pasadena, California, Patent Pending” in a circle and “Florence Ceramic” inside the circle. I bought it at a garage sale a long time ago for less than $5. Did I get a bargain?
A: Florence Ceramics was in business in Pasadena, Calif., from 1942 to 1977. Florence Ward (1894-1977) began making ceramics in her garage in about 1940. She established Florence Ceramics Co. in 1942. The company made figurines, boxes, candleholders and other items. Many of the figurines were designed by Florence Ward. The company was sold to Scripto Corp. in 1964. Scripto made cups, mugs, trays, banks and advertising items under the Florence Ceramics name, but it did not make the figurines and other items produced by the original company. Scripto closed in 1977. Reproductions of Florence Ceramics figurines made in Asia have been imported into the United States since the 1960s. The more common Florence Ceramic figurines sell for $30 to $50.