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Vintage HLC Scale Catalogs and Treatments

Pictured above are Pound Sterling catalogs from the Homer Laughlin China Company. This particular set ranges from 1901 through 1929 and includes price scales for decorated ware based on shapes, grades, and assortments. They are particularly useful in dating when a specific shape and/or decoration was made available. They can also be used for decal and treatment identification.

The following mouth ewers come from toilet sets. Both have treatment numbers written in gold beside their backstamps. The ewer with treatment 2164 is HLC's Wyoming shape, and the one with 2216 is Duchess. A quick look in the pound sterling books gives a good description of the decals used as Flag Iris and Pink Daisy.

Treatments are listed in the catalog with a pattern number first, the pricing scale to be used, the shape, and then a description of the treatment. Here is an example of a few treatments used on the Seneca shape in 1909:

The information in the table below comes from the scale catalogs. Along the left hand column are the dates of the catalogs. Those in parentheses are years in which I don't have the catalogs. Along the top are various dinnerware shapes available from 1901-1929. Boxes shaded green indicate when that particular shape appeared in a given catalog.

It should not to be inferred from the table that American Beauty, Golden Gate, and Colonial were introduced in 1901. They originated in the late 1800s and were established shapes before this set of catalogs was published.

The number of treatments for each shape from 1901 to 1911 has been added to the table. American Beauty, Colonial, and Seneca peaked in 1903. Golden Gate starts to trail off in 1904 and is no longer listed by the 1906 catalog.

Click on the year below to view the entire contents of that particular price scale catalog.

Listings after the 1929 catalogs are catalogs and lists from various years from the 1930s into the 1970s. These can also be helpful in identification of wares made during those times. There may be a little more work in cross referencing a pattern. For example, in Modern Farmer, MF-9 references back to the Virginia Rose treatment, VR-387 whereas MF-20 goes back to the Nautilus pattern, N-225.

Most treatment numbers can be found on the undersides of oval bakers (and sometimes round vegetable bowls), and the undersides of casserole lids. This photo shows a Skytone round serving bowl with the treatment number SR-120 stamped in gold. Looking up the number in the Skytone list reveals the pattern as "Marcia" made for Sears in the 1950s.

The materials on this page have been gathered over the years by myself, Jo Cunningham, Joanne Jasper, and Darlene Nossaman. It is by no means complete. However, it is a good starting point should you wish to know more about vintage and collectible HLC wares.

American
Beauty
Golden
Gate
Colonial
Seneca
King
Charles
The
Angelus
Hudson
Niagara
Genesee
Empress
Republic
Kwaker
Yellowstone
Newell
1901
124
49
205
1902
124
49
224
89
1903
236
47
285
120
46
1904
141
3
174
54
64
1905
151
3
187
64
73
97
1906
121
147
64
58
132
1907
66
91
44
45
174
1908
40
58
17
174
64
1909
37
55
15
166
101
1910
141
123
70
1911
70
152
33
112
1912
1913
1914
1915
1916
(1917)
(1918)
1919
(1920)
1921
(1922)
1923
(1924)
(1925)
(1926)
1927
1928
1929
American
Beauty
Golden
Gate
Colonial
Seneca
King
Charles
The
Angelus
Hudson
Niagara
Genesee
Empress
Republic
Kwaker
Yellowstone
Newell
1930
This 1930 catalog is a partial photocopy which centers around Yellowstone, Kwaker, and various treatments for HLC customers. Prefixes such as "BB" stands for Butler Brothers while "JJ" stands for J. J, Newberry. Of particular interest are the 15 treatments listed for the elusive Oak cup and saucer set. An advertising copy of the Oak set is included in the link.
1932
The 1932 catalog highlights white body and yellow glaze wares and centers around Empress, Kwaker, Republic, Newell, Trellis, and Old Roman. It has no listings for Yellowstone or Wells.
1937
The 1937 catalog lists treatments for Nautilus (ivory and eggshell), Coronet, Georgian, Virginia Rose, Marigold, Century, Yellowstone, Empress, Kwaker, Wells, Orleans, Brittany, OvenServe, and Appletree.
1938
A special two-page listing of available patterns on the Swing Eggshell shape, dated January 1, 1938
1938
A special two-page listing of available patterns on the Swing Eggshell shape, dated January 1, 1938
1947
A special cost of manufacturing listing for Brittany, Century, Fiesta, Georgian Eggshell, Harlequin, Liberty, Nautilus Eggshell, Republic, Swing Eggshell, Theme Eggshell, Kitchen Kraft, and Specialty pieces. Dated July 1, 1947.
GEO
Georgian treatments. The first page has treatments on the regular, ivory Georgian body from the mid-1930s (G-1 to G-114). The remaining lists have pattern numbers used on the Georgian Eggshell shape, starting with G-3302. (These are not to be confused with the Genesee treatments from 1911 to 1916 which also used a "G" prefix.)
VIR
Virginia Rose treatments from the 1950s.
BRIT
Brittany treatments, starting with B-1309.
MOD
Modern Farmer treatment listings featuring twenty-five patterns. Dated June 1, 1941.
NAUT
Nautilus (Ivory) treatments from the 1950s, starting with N-211 and ending with N-445
NEGG
Nautilus Eggshell treatments. (The regular ivory and eggshell Nautilus treatment numbers should not be confused with Niagara treatments from circa 1910. All three shapes used an "N" prefix.)
THM
Theme Eggshell treatments from the 1950s with twenty listings.
LIB
Liberty treatment listings from the 1950s. List starts with L-600 and ends at L-651.
RHY
Rhythm treatments from the 1950s with RY-102 through RY-370.
DEB
Debutante treatments from the early 1950s with eight listings.
SKY
Skytone treatments from the early 1950s.
CHM
Charm House treatments from the early 1950s with eight listings.
APP
Applique treatments which use Brittany flatware and either Charm House or Brittany hollowware.
CAV
Cavalier treatments from CV-69 to CV-112.
UGS
Underglaze treatments, 1950s-1960s. The first batch refers to Dura-Print lines using Rhythm flatware and Charm House hollowware. Other underglaze treatments are also listed in this section using Obit and Vogue hollowware.
TRI
Trimph treatments from a list dated December 12, 1965.
ERK
A general listing of treatments still available on the older Empress, Republic, Kwaker, and Ivora (Rose and Poppy for Colgate) shapes. Also included are the Tom & Jerry sets and children's sets in vellum glazes. Early 1950s.
MSC1
Miscellaneous treatments listing various shapes and customers from the 1950s
MSC2
Small list of treatments dated December 6, 1978. This list includes both Fiesta Amberstone and Casusalstone.

The intent of this portion of the web site is for entertainment and research purposes only. Materials on this page (as well as other pages on this site) are not intended for download, distribution, for sale, or to be captured and re-posted on other web sites, blogs, etc. As a result, some images may be watermarked with HL Ephemera.

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