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King Charles
The King Charles shape had a rather short production run. Forty-six patterns first appeared in the 1903 pricing catalogs. By 1905, there were 75 total patterns, but that number decreased over the next two years with 58 in 1906 and 45 in 1907. By 1908, King Charles was no longer listed. Like most other HLC shapes from the very early 1900s, King Charles was eventually overshadowed by The Angelus and Hudson.

The distinctive flower/chain embossing was not used on any other HLC shape which makes identification easy. It is generally marked with the eagle over lion backstamp shown or with a simple Homer Laughlin-King Charles script marking.

Although the line was offered for at least five years and had an extensive assortment, examples are somewhat hard to find. By contrast, other shapes of the day (namely American Beauty and Colonial) are somewhat common.


Patent drawing for King Charles with Arthur Mountford listed as the inventor.


Advertisement from 1906 featuring "Arbutus" on HLC's King Charles shape.



King Charles oyster tureen

Embossing detail



A List of King Charles treatments from 1907.


Sampling of King Charles shapes from a 1903 Homer Laughlin catalog
  1. Chocolate Pot
  2. Spooner
  3. Sugar
  4. Teapot
  5. Creamer
  6. Mustard
  7. Jug
  8. Sauce tureen
  9. Pickle
  10. Coffee
  1. Tea
  2. AD coffee
  3. Coupe Soup
  4. Nappie
  5. Bone dish
  6. Bowl
  1. Fruit
    Ind. butter
  2. Chocolate
  3. Ind. salt
  4. Sauce boat
  5. Oatmeal
  6. Baker
  7. Deep plate
  8. Covered butter
  9. Plate
  10. Cake plate
  11. Dish (platter)
  12. Oyster tureen
  13. Casserole
  14. Covered dish
  15. Soup tureen
  16. Comport



King Charles as offered by Montgomery Ward's in 1903.


A set of King Charles bone dishes and their marks.

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