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Newell by Homer Laughlin
The following originally appeared on pages 135-138 of An Overview of Homer Laughlin Dinnerware ©2002,
and is being posted on www.laurelhollowpark.net with permission along with corrections and updates.

Named after the town in West Virginia where five of the Homer Laughlin plants are located, Newell was the first line of dinnerware Frederick Rhead designed. It was offered to the public in 1928 and would last into the mid-1930s. Shapes with the edges decorated with ornamental reeding were becoming popular with other potteries in the late 1920s and Newell was HLC's first such line. Two more would soon follow based on Newell: Trellis and Old Roman. Both lines used many of the flat pieces from Newell with the addition of embossed patterns along the rim. Newell is much easier to find than these spin-off lines. It should be mentioned that the Newell and Liberty shapes have very little in common. Liberty was another "rope border" shape first offered by HLC in 1942. Each has distinct shapes and the treatments used come from different eras. Still, some tend to confuse the two lines.

Newell isn't that difficult to find so it must have been a very good seller in its day. Flatware such as plates and platters are especially easy to collect. The cake plate and pickle may be a little more difficult to locate. Sugars, creamers, and sauceboats are much easier to find than larger hollowware such as the casserole, jugs, and teapot. Cream soups with liners, egg cups, demitasse creamer and demitasse sugar (shown at the right) can be challenging as well.

Newell is almost always found in either white or a light yellow glaze with decals or colorful trim, but once in a while both white and yellow undecorated blanks show up. The majority of decals used on Newell are highly stylized, vibrant floral treatments. Most pieces are marked with a general HLC backstamp.



N-2023 Sugar

Newell Sugar and the 48s Jug in place of the creamer

N-1314 Sugar



Newell teapot


Covered Casserole with pattern N-2528

N-2528 Casserole base


Newell 13" platter

N-2023 Sauceboat and liner

Relish/Sauceboat liner

N-5202 Gravy



N-2023 Cream Soup and liner

Newell 6" plate

Newell Egg Cups

Homer Laughlin's Newell shape dinnerware advertisements from 1929: Hawthorn and Poppy patterns.


  1. Coffee cup and saucer
  2. Covered Sugar
  3. Covered Casserole
  4. Creamer
  5. Teacup and saucer
  6. 36s Bowl
  7. Teapot
  8. Sauceboat
  9. Demitasse Cup and saucer
  10. Nappy
  11. Platter
  12. Pickle/Sauceboat liner
  13. Bouillon Cup and saucer
  14. Cake Plate
  15. Covered Butter
  16. 9" Plate
  17. Coupe Soup
  18. Fruit Cup
  19. Gravy Faststand
  20. 24s Jug
  21. Sauceboat and liner
  22. Oatmeal


Newell 10-inch dinner plate with a green glaze.

Assortment of Items:
  • 7 1/2" Baker
  • 7 3/4" Baker
  • 8 3/4" Baker
  • 9 3/4" Baker
  • 30s Bowl
  • 36s Bowl
  • 30s Oyster Bowl
  • 36s Oyster Bowl
  • Covered Butter
  • Individual butter
  • 10 3/4" Cake Plate
  • Casserole
  • Coffee Cup
  • Coffee Saucer
  • Demitasse Cup
  • Demitasse Saucer
  • Creamer
  • Ind. Creamer
  • 8 3/8" Platter
  • 9 1/4" Platter
  • 10 1/2" Platter
  • 11 1/2" Platter
  • 12 1/2" Platter
  • 13 1/4" Platter
  • 15 1/4" Platter
  • 17 1/4" Platter
  • 5" Fruit cup
  • 5 1/2" Fruit Cup
  • Bouillon Cup and saucer
  • 24s Jug, 2 1/2 pts.
  • 30s Jug, 1 7/8 pts.
  • 36s Jug, 1 1/8 pts.
  • 42s Jug, 1 pt.
  • 48s Jug, 5/8 pt.
  • 6 1/4" Nappy
  • 7 1/4" Nappy
  • 8 1/4" Nappy
  • 9 1/8" Nappy
  • 30s Oatmeal
  • 36s Oatmeal
  • 9" Pickle
  • 6 1/4" Plate
  • 7 1/4" Plate
  • 8 1/2" Plate
  • 9 1/2" Plate
  • 10" Plate
  • 9" Deep Plate
  • 7 1/4" Coupe Soup
  • 8" Coupe Soup
  • Relish
  • Sauceboat
  • Gravy Faststand
  • Sugar
  • Ind. Sugar
  • Teacup
  • Saucer
  • Teapot

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