Knowles, Taylor & Knowles
Knowles, Taylor & Knowles (KT&K) was a pottery company in East Liverpool, Ohio from 1854 to 1931. The original owners were: Issac Knowles, John Taylor, (Issac's son-in-law) and Homer Knowles (Issac's son). The pottery produced all types of wares from yellow ware, ironstone, and semi-vitreous dinnerware, but it is best known for the light-weight, translucent Lotus Ware. Produced mainly in the 1890s, Lotus was meant to compete with the successfull Belleek porcelain made in Ireland. High cost and breakage forced K&TK to halt production of Lotus.

KT&K is not to be confused with Knowles China of Newell, WV. Even though Edwin M. Knowles of Knowles China was the son of Issac, the two companies operated independently of each other.

In 1929, KT&K merged with several other potteries to form the American China Corporation, but the company folded due to the Great Depression.

Knowles, Taylor & Knowles in East Liverpool, Circa 1880.
Courtesy: Museum of Ceramics - Ohio History Connection.

KT&T Lotus Ware on display at the Museum of Ceramics.

KT&K Covered Casseroles from the late 1920s.

Ads for KT&T's decaled "Gloria" shape.
Courtesy Candy Fagerlin

1925-1926 ad featuring the Coronado shape.

KT&K's Coronado on display at the Museum of Ceramics in East Liverpool, Ohio.

1921 ads for KT&K's Victory Shape:

Left: TRANSCEDENT GENIUS IMMORTALIZED - Victory 21287 - An artistic conception, birds and flowers with natural embellishment, tastefully arranged and brought into relief by tan background make this decoration of unusal excellence.

Right: White and Coin Gold - Used by our grandmothers -- will be used by our granddaughters. Old yet always new, and a recognized feature in social events. Our Victory shape strikingly lends itself to an ideal conception of this artistic decoration. Will make a notable addition to your line.

Dated January 1900, this price list contains terms and conditions with sizes and measurements for semi-vitreous wares made by the Knowles, Taylor & Knowles Company of East Liverpool, Ohio.

This particular catalog focuses on the Plymouth and Olympia dinnerware shapes along with some specialty items. Also included are three toilet ware shapes, Ohio, Idaho, and Michigan.

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