The Homer Laughlin China Co.: Toilet Ware
Most of the potteries in the area which made dinnerware also made toilet ware. Such potteries include but are not limited to: Knowles, Taylor & Knowles, Homer Laughlin, Edwin M. Knowles, and Taylor, Smith & Taylor. 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.

By the late 1920s, most toilet ware was phased out and today it is not easily found. It's not uncommon to find dealers 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.

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


Slop Jar



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.

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).

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

Superba shape brush jar and shaving mug.

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:
Gold stamp collar and pendant gold edge.
Plain tint, green, neck tinted inside and out, and half body tint and handles.
Flower and fern gold border, edge and neck line.
Plain tint, pink, neck tinted inside and out, and half body tint and handles.
Gold stamp collar and festoon, gold edge.
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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