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The Homer Laughlin China Co.: Toilet Ware
The Homer Laughlin China Company began making toilet ware in the 1880s. Over a dozen different shapes were made until it was finally phased out in the late 1920s. Sets were made for the home as well as for use in hospitals and hotels.

A standard set for the home was made up of: a chamber pot - usually a one handled bowl with a lid, a slop jar - larger than a chamber pot with handles on either side, a combinet - similar to a slop jar, but with a wire handle, a covered soap dish - often with a circular insert, shaving mug, brush jar, two sizes of ewers, and a basin.

It's not uncommon to find dealers today misidentifying brush jar as a flower vase, a shaving mug as a regular drinking mug, a soap dish as a covered sugar, and a chamber pot as a covered casserole.

Here are the verified HLC toilet ware shapes with approximate dates of production:

  • Victor, 1884
  • Etruscan, 1886
  • Denver, 1887
  • Lenox, 1890
  • Cable, 1890s
  • Nanita, 1893
  • Florentine, 1895
  • Arno, late 1890s
  • Superba, late 1890s - 1906
  • Catalina*, late 1890s - very early 1900s
  • Mingo, 1902 - 1929
  • Wyoming (Majestic), 1902 - late 1910s
  • Bridal, 1902 - late 1910s
  • Duchess, 1905 - 1929

    (*) While the Catalina set was discontinued early, the large ewer and basin continued production into the late 1920s as plain white ware.

    Below are just a few examples of toilet ware shapes and treatments made by the Homer Laughlin China Company.



  • Duchess
    Ewer/Basin

    Wyoming
    Slop Jar

    Victor
    Ewer/Basin

    Superba
    Ewer



    From an 1895 catalog - HLC's Florentine shape with decoration number 1240



    Catalina shapes

    Superba shapes

    Mingo shapes

    Wyoming shapes


    Standard Toilet set from 1914: HLC's Bridal shape.
    Top Row: Chamber Pot, Combinet, Shaving Mug, Covered Soap Dish, Brush Jar, Mouth Ewer.
    Bottom Row: Slop Jar, Slop Pail, Ewer and Basin.


    HLC's Duchess shape.


    HLC's Arno shape from an 1899 catalog.


    Other Toilet Wares made by Homer Laughlin, circa 1903.
    Top row: Male Urinal, Female Urnial, Soap Dish, Hanging Soap
    Middle row: Chamber Pot, Chamberette, Bed Pan
    Bottom row: Combinet (Lenox shape), Combinet (Monterey Shape), Ewer and Basin.



    Mouth ewers, left to right: pattern 7074 on Wyoming, 1340 on Superba, and 7085 on Mingo.


    Bridal ewers, #2216 - left, #2218 - right

    #2173 on Mingo (left) and #2164 on Wyoming


    Duchess shape brush holders and mouth ewer with Greek Key, #2234


    Pattern #2083 on a Superba mouth ewer, Mingo brush vase, and a Wyoming large ewer.


    Mingo ewer, pattern #7004

    Denver shape ewer, pattern #1213


    Catalina with pattern #1278 1/2, Wyoming ewer, #714

    Bridal Shaving mugs


    Catalina large ewer

    Duchess slop jar


    Brush jars, (l-r); Nanita, Mingo, and Bridal shapes.

    Wyoming shape brush jars (far left has pattern #2164).


    "Lilacs" (pattern 2208), on Bridal.

    Unidentified shape mouth ewer with its backstamp.


    Bridal shaving mugs. (Middle has SH-48).

    Superba shape brush jar and shaving mug.


    Bridal mouth ewer and brush vase with poppy pattern 2226.

    Bridal mouth ewer with pattern 2263.

    Shaving mugs; Duchess (left) and Superba (right)

    Brush vases; Mingo with red tint and Duchess wtih gold stamps


    Wyoming shaving mugs. (Middle has pattern SH-51).

    Soap Slabs


    The following pictures come from the research files of Joanne Jasper and are posted here with permission.


    Duchess Shape

    Briadal Shape

    Victor Shape

    Superba Shape



    Six patterns on HLC's Mingo shape, made for United China & Glass Co.
    These are listed in the 1903 Price Scale Catalog as:
    #2278
    Gold stamp collar and pendant gold edge.
    #7002
    Plain tint, green, neck tinted inside and out, and half body tint and handles.
    #2335
    Flower and fern gold border, edge and neck line.
    #7004
    Plain tint, pink, neck tinted inside and out, and half body tint and handles.
    #2364
    Gold stamp collar and festoon, gold edge.
    #7001
    Plain tint, blue, neck tinted inside and out, and half body tint and handles.



    Sample mouth ewers, cut in half and marked with their treatment numbers for HLC sales reps.

    Left to right: (no number) Duchess shape, #2328 on Duchess, #2325 on Duchess, #2267 on Bridal.

    Left to right: #2343 on Wyoming, #2347 on Duchess, #2348 on Duchess, #2294 on Duchess (broken).

    Left to right: #2174 on Mingo (broken), #2291 on Duchess, #2264 on Bridal, #2266 on Bridal.

    Left to right: #2387 on Mingo, (no number) Duchess shape, #2268 on Bridal, #431 on Wyoming.

    Left to right: #2346 on Duchess, #2238 on Mingo, #2329 on Duchess, #2239 on Mingo.

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