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Stencil Salad Bowls by Homer Laughlin
The Homer Laughlin China Company produced stencil salad bowls from the early 1940s though the 1950s. Nappies were taken from existing shapes and given brightly colored, sprayed on stencil designs in combination with floral decals in the center. The plain round stencil salads come from Empress and have the general HLC backstamp with date code. The scalloped stencil salads come from Virginia Rose and carry the standard HLC/Virginia Rose marking. Both styles of nappies are approximately 9 3/4" in diameter.

The Virginia Rose stencil salads are easier to find than their Empress counterparts. There were five stencils in all that came in three different colors; blue, red, and green. The laurel stencil was used mainly on Empress. The other four, medallion, clover, hearts, and lattice, appear on Virginia Rose. Several different floral decals were used over the years.

Many stencil salad bowls were heavily used so expect to encounter examples where the stencil design has been scratched and even faded.


Empress stencil salad in a 1955 Octagon Soap premium catalog

Empress salad bowl with blue laurel stencil



Virginia Rose with blue medallion stencil

Virginia Rose with blue clover stencil, fruit decal

Virginia Rose with red hearts stencil, rose and poppies decal

Virginia Rose with green hearts stencil, rose and poppies decal

Virginia Rose with blue lattice stencil, rose cluster decal

Virginia Rose with red lattice stencil, rose cluster decal

Virginia Rose with green lattice stencil, Rhythm Rose (SAL-73)

Virginia Rose with blue lattice stencil, Rhythm Rose (SAL-75)

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