The Regal China Company was founded around 1930 by Herman Kravitz in Chicago. The company moved to Antioch (about fifty miles north) in 1940. Sometime in the 1940s, Regal was purchased by Royal China and Novelty Company, a distribution and sales organization. Royal used Regal to make the ceramic products that it sold (though the Regal mark was used as a brand for other pottery companies as well). In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Routh Van Telligen Bendel designed a series of character-based salt-and-pepper shakers as well as cookie jars and spice sets.