Homer Laughlin Odds and Ends

This portion of the site will contain photos of seldom seen Homer Laughlin pieces. The pictures come from research materials assembled by Mark Gonzalez, Joanne Jasper, and Jo Cunningham. Most of the pieces are experimentals and were photographed at the factory, however, some have appeared on the open market. More will be added to this page as time allows.
Left: This spittoon was originally shown in an issue of The Laughlin Eagle (Fall 1995, Vol. 3, No. 4). It was purchased at an auction in East Liverpool, Ohio in the early 1990s. It is marked with a lion over eagle backstamp. This was probably a hotelware piece, however it has not been found on any of the known HLC catalogs.
Right: The round piece has "Homer Laughlin China Co" across its base. Unfortunately, that is all I know about it. I wish I had more information on this as to when it was made and why.
Left: Hand-painted plates by Charles Williams from 1940 on the Nautilus shape.
Right: Backs of the hand-painted plates with notes on the date and combination of colors used.
Left: Hand-Painted Peasant Ware trails from late 1939 to early 1940 on the rope (Kraft) shape. The pattern on the left wasn't used, but the house on the right was (minus the red verge trim). It appeared with three other designs to make up the Peasant Ware line.
Right: More Peasant Ware, this time on Kraft Blue. Both of these Peasant Ware trail pictures were published in black and white form in the Winter 1997 issue of The Laughlin Eagle. For more on Peasant Ware, see this page.
Left: The plate on the right is rather unremarkable. It is pattern OS-81 on embossed OvenServe. However, the plate on the left is a trail piece. The embossed blossoms have underglaze hand-painted details. It carries a 1933 Homer Laughlin backstamp.
Right: The underglaze Dura-Print treatment on this Rhythm shape platter comes from the mid-1950s. The Rhythm flatware for this line will have the pattern in green with Charm House shape hollowware in solid dark green. This is the only example I've seen in red instead of the standard green.
Left: The Beer Steins were made in 1933. At least one has been found in Wells Art Glazes' leaf green. It can bee seen on this page with some of designer Frederick Rhead's notes. The ivory example in the center is slightly taller than the other two.
Right: An ivory childs' bowl. Circa 1930s.
Left: Fiesta ivory plate with decal and blue trim. This is a trail piece with an "R" decoration number. Before treatments were given official numbers, they were generally given a reference number. Once a drawing or sample of a decoration was approved, it was given a proper number which usually denotes the shape or customer. (As in VR-128 for a treatment on Virginia Rose, or MW-101 - a treatment for Montgomery Wards.) The reference number for this particular plate is R.2186.
Right: Back of the Fiesta trial plate with reference number, R.2186.
Left: The green plate on the left is a Georgian Eggshell piece with an etched design. The pink Theme Eggshell plate on the right has a white treatment. It is very similar to the process used by Taylor, Smith & Taylor's Coral Craft line of the same time period.
Right: The light yellow glazed plate on the left is Newell. It may be hard to see, but there is a lightly etched design along the wide rim. To the right is a scalloped brown plate. The embossing along the verge should look familiar to HLC collectors since it is the same found on the Coronet shape. This plate is more than likely one of the many trail pieces Rhead noted making in developing the Coronet line.
Left: Shell plate trails were made in 1938 and 1939 in light green, yellow, turquoise and red. Rhead notes in his journals these were made for Proctor & Gamble. Shown here are the two different styles - a red one with a clear center, and a green one with the shell embossing going clear across the plate. Several red examples have been found outside the factory with the embossing across the plate. They measure 10 1/2" across and are unmarked.
Right: The decal is Chinese Green Goddess and usually found on the Swing Eggshell shape. Here it appears on a Nautilus plate complete with a Willow-theme border in red.
Left: Georgian OvenServe (or Georgian Kitchenware) was made in mid-1934. Only six pieces make up the line and it is very hard to find. These are two pieces I've yet to find in the collector market; the French casserole and divided baker. For more on Georgian OvenServe, see the middle of this page.
Right: A pair of scalloped plates with underglaze hand-painted flowers. The reverse of the plate on the left reads, HOM 4436 HLC 1934 U. G. Yellow Glaze.
Left: Decalled scalloped plates that never went into production.
Right: A pair of Tea Rose shape plates with etched designs.
These four pictures show examples of HLC's Tongue Twister Series from 1941. Once in a while a piece outside the factory can be found, but they are rare. Besides the items shown here, there are also plates, a creamer, and at least two different styles of child's feeders. Some of the concept art for Tongue Twister can be seen in the middle of this page.
Left: A pair of trail vases, possibly bud vases, in odd galzes.
Right: "Famous Old Ships" was a proposed line from the early 1940s. Each piece was to be decorated with an all over, single color, underglaze transfer design. Examples have in red and blue on Nautilus Eggshell and Theme Eggshell are on display at Grave Creek Mound Archeological Complex in Moundsville, West Virginia (see this page). HLC seldom used brown as a transfer color which makes this plate even more unusual.
Left: The plate on the left has multiple floral decals, but the red lattice work is all hand-painted. The example on the right has no decals. The entire piece was hand-painted.
Right: Here are the backs of the hand-painted plates with notes on the designs: left, SINCENY PATT. No. 2695, Oct. 17, 1940. C.W. COLOR: CROXALL 6966. The "C.W." is probably the artist, Charles Williams. The plate on the right has the general HLC backstamp with date code March 1943 with CROXALL Blue 788.

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