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Hudson by Homer Laughlin
The following originally appeared on pages 100-102 of An Overview of Homer Laughlin Dinnerware ©2002,
and is being posted on www.laurelhollowpark.net with permission along with corrections and updates.

In the early days of Homer Laughlin, attempts were made for HLC wares to gain the same acceptance as British imports. HLC went as far as to create a special backstamp with the "eagle over lion" to signify America's presence in the dinnerware industry. However, by the early 1900s, focus changed from competing with British wares to French. Older lines were replaced by ornate copies of French Haviland lines. It was during this time that Homer Laughlin adopted the stylized fleur-de-lis logo of the letters H-L-C which is still used today.

One of the first Haviland look-alike lines offered by HLC was Hudson in 1908. It was produced until the late 1920s when the Newell shape was crafted by Frederick Rhead. In almost every advertisement from the early 1900s, mention is made of French wares and decorations that were popular at the time. The following come from two Sears ads which featured treatments on HLC's Hudson shape. The first is with regard to a rose decal and the second is with respect to the shape itself:

"...Not a cheap ordinary decoration, but an exquisite colored decalcomania imported from France..."

"American dinnerware made of pure white semi-porcelain in a new Haviland shape by the famous Homer Laughlin China Co."

This shape was an instant hit and variations were carried by other potteries. This wouldn't be the last time American companies would make a French copy. At least nine U.S. potters offered Haviland's Ransom shape. HLC's version was Republic.


Homer Laughlin advertisement from 1912 showing Hudson pieces.

Hudson is often found in a white body with floral decals. Occasionally, Hudson pieces were made in colorful treatments for the Art China line. The shapes are scalloped and embossed, though one has to look carefully for the light embossing found on the rim, particularly on the flatware.

Markings include a general HLC backstamp with the Hudson name in script or a generic HLC mark with date code. Hudson pieces marked "Majestic" refer to the pattern and not the shape.



H-111

H-1804

H-135


Hudson Casserole


Sugar and Creamer

Covered Butter


7" Plate

Spooner

Dinner Plate


(l-r) Regular creamer, teapot, spooner, jug, and individual creamer


Two views of a Flow Blue Hudson Casserole

Hudson covered butter with circular insert
Courtesy: Fran and Carl Stone



Undecorated Hudson sold through Butler Brothers in 1925.

  1. Teapot
  2. Sugar
  3. Creamer
  4. Ind. Sugar
  5. Ind. Creamer
  6. Sauceboat
  7. 30s bowl
  8. Coffee cup and saucer
  9. Teacup and saucer
  10. A.D. Cup and sauer
  11. 9" Salad
  12. 9" Nappy
  13. 9" Baker
  14. 30s Oatmeal
  15. Fruit Cup
  16. Ind. Butter
  17. Bone Dish
  18. Pickle
  19. Spooner
  20. Platter
  21. Cake Plate
  22. Covered Butter
  23. Deep Plate
  24. Dinner Plate
  25. Coupe Soup
  26. Oyster Tureen
  27. Covered Dish
  28. Cassserole
  29. Sauce Tureen and liner
  30. Celery Tray
  31. 24s Jug


Assortment of Items:
  • 5" Baker
  • 6" Baker
  • 7" Baker
  • 8" Baker
  • 9" Baker
  • 10" Baker
  • 11" Baker
  • 12" Baker
  • 24s Bowl
  • 30s Bowl
  • 36s Bowl
  • 24s Oyster Bowl
  • 30s Oyster Bowl
  • 36s Oyster Bowl
  • Bouillon Cup
  • Bouillon Saucer
  • Bone Dish
  • Covered Butter
  • Individual Butter
  • Cake Plate
  • Celery Tray
  • 9" Casserole
  • 10" Casserole
  • Notched Casserole
  • Chop Plate
  • 8" Covered Dish
  • 9" Covered Dish
  • 10" Covered Dish
  • Coffee Cup
  • Coffee Cup Saucer
  • A.D. Coffee
  • A.D. Coffee Saucer
  • Creamer
  • Individual Creamer
  • Egg Cups
  • 5" Platter
  • 6" Platter
  • 7" Platter
  • 8" Platter
  • 9" Platter
  • 10" Platter
  • 11" Platter
  • 12" Platter
  • 13" Platter
  • 14" Platter
  • 16" Platter
  • 18" Platter
  • 5" Fruit
  • 6" Fruit
  • 7" Fruit
  • 4s Jug
  • 6s Jug
  • 12s Jug
  • 24s Jug
  • 30s Jug
  • 36s Jug
  • 42s Jug
  • 48s Jug
  • 7" Nappy
  • 8" Nappy
  • 9" Nappy
  • 10" Nappy
  • 11" Nappy
  • 12" Nappy
  • 30s Oatmeal
  • 36s Oatmeal
  • Oyster Tureen
  • Olive Dish
  • Pickle
  • 6" Plate
  • 7" Plate
  • 8" Plate
  • 9" Plate
  • 10" Plate
  • Deep Plate
  • 8" Coupe Soup
  • 9" Coupe Soup
  • 6" Fruit Plate
  • 7" Fruit Plate
  • 8" Fruit Plate
  • 9" Fruit Plate
  • 10" Fruit Plate
  • 9" Salad
  • 10" Salad
  • 11" Salad
  • Sauce Boat
  • Sauce Boat Stand
  • Gravy Fast Stand
  • Sauce Tureen
  • Sauce Tureen Stand
  • Sauce Tureen Ladle
  • Spoon Holders
  • Spoon Trays, large
  • Spoon Trays, small
  • 24s Sugar
  • 30s Sugar
  • Individual Sugar
  • Teacup
  • Teacup Saucer
  • Teapot

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