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Homer Laughlin's Black Tulip
Black Tulip is a very popular and collectible pattern made by the Homer Laughlin China Company during the 1930s. It originated on the Century shape, but was also used on Wells, Jade, and Nautilus. Of the four, Nautilus examples are the most difficult to find.

The print column below appeared in the trade journal, The Pottery, Glass & Brass Salesman on October 15, 1931 and discussed the Black Tulip decoration. To the right is a page from a company decal book with the Black Tulip decal and the treatment number, C-24. The "C" indicates the Century shape.



The Pottery, Glass & Brass Salesman
October 15, 1931

Black Tulip in a compnay decal book.
Treatment C-24



Wells patterns; Palm Tree (W-7923) and Flight of the Swallows (W-4523) plates with Black Tulip (W-6733) sugar and creamer.
Photo from the research files of Joanne Jasper.


Black Tulip Examples

Century Batter jug, syrup, demitasse suagr and creamer *

Jade 9" plate and handled tray in plain vellum


Wells A.D. sugars and creamers in ivory and vellum *

Kitchen Kraft small casserole and Fiesta marmalade *

The three pictures above marked with an asterisk (*) were photographed at the Homer Laughlin factory in Newell, West Virginia in the summer of 2001. Don't expect to find some of these pieces on the collector market. It should be possible to find the Wells demitasse pieces and the Century batter and syrup jugs, but the other items are probably one of a kind examples. The Century demitasse sugars and demitasse creamers are very rare with any treatment. Notice they are more square than the regular Century sugars and creamers. Also, the demitasse versions have a short tapered foot in comparison to other pieces of Century hollowware. The Kitchen Kraft and Fiesta pieces are very unusual. When I took a tour at HLC, it was explained these were specially made for Marcus Aaron, president of HLC from 1910 - 1940.

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