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Republic by Homer Laughlin
The following originally appeared on pages 148-150 of An Overview of Homer Laughlin Dinnerware ©2002,
and is being posted on www.laurelhollowpark.net with permission along with corrections and updates.

The Republic shape was introduced in 1915. In one advertisement it was offered as a shape that, "... has been produced in obedience to popular demand. Excepting the hollowware, we do not claim it for any degree of originality." As many as a dozen American pottery companies produced shapes similar to Republic. Prior to the late 1920s, it was common for potteries to purchase molds from suppliers instead of creating their own designs. Harvey Duke wrote in his book, The Official Price Guide to Pottery and Porcelain, 8th Edition, that all of these shapes similar to Republic were based on Havilland's Ranson shape. The flat pieces are the same, but the hollowware will have subtle differences. For example, the finials on HLC's are rope-like, but with W.S. George's they are shaped like bows.

It was typical of dinnerware made in the early 1900s to have very extensive assortments. Republic was made up of sixty-four items. As the years went on, most of these pieces were discontinued. HLC's other shapes of the time such as Hudson, Kwaker, Empress, and Genesse also had large assortments with multiple sizes of plates, platters, and serving bowls.

Sometimes the rim embossing is confused with other HLC shapes, namely Marigold and Virginia Rose. (See the web page on the embossing comparisons here.) At least one floral treatment was offered on Republic in the late 1960s so its production run extends for almost fifty-five years. Early Republic was marked with the shape name and date code, however most pieces are found with a generic HLC backstamp.

One of the earliest treatments on Republic is a simple 18 karat gold decoration on the embossing and rim. However, most pieces are found with floral decals. The demitasse cups and saucers were picked up by Tango and were offered in Fiesta red, Harlequin's yellow, blue, and spruce green. If other unmarked Republic shapes are found in solid colors, then they were more than likely made by W. S. George. Their version, named Raddison, was produced in solid colored glazes in the 1930s and was usually unmarked. All other potteries which made similar shapes will have appropriate backsatmps with the company's name.



Sugar with gold stamps.

"Priscilla" on a Republic Sugar.


Gold Garland plate.

"Jean" a.k.a. "Briadal Rose" cup and sacuer.


Nappy with R-3543 treatment.

Bridal Rose Sauceboat.


Plate with Marigold platinum stamps.

"Pastel Rose" Baker.


“Susan” on the Republic shape
Floral Creamer

Vintage ad for “Susan” on the Republic shape, late 1940s.


Republic sugars, creamers, and jugs.


The following six pictures are courtesy Richard G. Racheter.

Covered casserole with pastel rose decals

Covered dish with gold accents

Small jug (left) and a creamer (right)

Sauceboat

Covered sugar

Teapot decorated with "Priscilla"


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


Assortment of Items:
  • Baker, 5 1/2"
  • Baker, 7 1/4"
  • Baker, 8"
  • Baker, 9"
  • Baker, 9 3/4"
  • Baker, 10 1/4"
  • 30s Bowl (1 3/8 Pints)
  • 36s Bowl (1 Pint)
  • Covered Butter
  • Individual Butter
  • 7" Casserole
  • 8 1/2" Covered Dish
  • Coffee Cup
  • Coffee Saucer
  • AD Cup
  • AD Saucer
  • Creamer (5/8 pint)
  • Ind. Creamer (1/2 pint)
  • Platter, 7 1/4"
  • Platter, 9 1/2"
  • Platter, 10 1/8"
  • Platter, 11 1/8"
  • Platter, 12"
  • Platter, 13"
  • Platter, 14"
  • Platter, 15"
  • Platter, 17"
  • 4 7/8" Fruit Cup
  • 5 5/8" Fruit Cup
  • 6s Jug (5 3/4 pints)
  • 12s Jug (4 3/8 pints)
  • 24s Jug (3 3/8 pints)
  • 30s Jug (2 1/2 pints)
  • 36s Jug (1 3/4 pints)
  • 42s Jug (1 pint)
  • 48s Jug (5/8 pint)
  • Nappy, 6 3/4"
  • Nappy, 7"
  • Nappy, 8"
  • Nappy, 9"
  • Nappy, 10"
  • 30s Oatmeal
  • 36s Oatmeal
  • Oyster Tureen
  • Pickle
  • Plate, 6 1/8"
  • Plate, 7"
  • Plate, 8"
  • Plate, 9"
  • Plate, 10"
  • 9" Deep Plate
  • 7 1/4" Coupe Soup
  • 7 7/8" Coupe Soup
  • Sauceboat
  • Fast Stand
  • Sauce Tureen
  • Sauce Tureen Stand
  • Sauce Tureen Ladle
  • Sugar
  • Individual Sugar
  • Teacups
  • Teacup Saucer
  • Teapot
  • Bone Dish

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