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Bristol by Homer Laughlin
The following originally appeared on page 105 of An Overview of Homer Laughlin Dinnerware ©2002,
and is being posted on www.laurelhollowpark.net with permission along with corrections and updates.

The Bristol shape was developed in mid-December 1970. The plain round flatware was picked up from existing shapes and a small set of hollowware was created; teacup, coffee server, creamer, and a covered sugar. The Jubilee shakers rounded out the hollowware. In a few instances, rim shape flatware was used instead of the plain round coupe shape.

Like many lines of the late 1960s and into the 1980s, only the dinner plates were marked. However, Bristol has a distinct bell-bottom design not found in other dinnerware lines. The pattern numbers are prefixed with a "C" which stands for "Century." This is not to be confused with the older Century shape from the 1930s. In this instance it was used to celebrate HLC's 100th year in business. The use of the "C" prefix was sometimes used on other shapes of the same time period.

To the right is "Bolero" which was sold though a wholesale catalog in 1971. Typically, the flatware would receive a decoration and the hollowware was glazed in a contrasting color. For Bolero, the Bristol hollowware was given a brown exterior with white contrasting lids on the coffeepot and sugar. Other lines would glaze the entire piece in a solid color - inside and out - as shown below.



C-420 "Patchwork" and C-421 "Homestead"

C-401 "Shasta" and C-402 "Somerset"


Two-tone coffee server

Bristol yellow sugar

Green coffee server


Most of the lines in these 1973 dinnerware advertisements use HLC's Bristol shape.
"Navarro" and "Abundance" differ in that they use rim flatware instead of coupe.

7. Pueblo on HLC's Bristol
8. Tivoli on HLC's Orbit
9. Mirador on HLC's Bristol
10. Adorna on HLC's Bristol
11. Blue Willow by the Royal China Co.
12. Plymouth on HLC's Dover
13. Amberstone on HLC's Dover
22. Navarro on HLC's Bristol
23. Abundance on HLC's Bristol
24. Andorra on HLC's Bristol
25. Mosaic on HLC's Bristol

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