Trellis by Homer Laughlin
The following originally appeared on pages 173-174 of An Overview of Homer Laughlin Dinnerware ©2002,
and is being posted on www.laurelhollowpark.net with permission along with corrections and updates.

Trellis was first offered in the very late 1920s. The flatware is basically the same as the Newell shape, but has periodic embossings on the rim of two different trellis designs. The hollowware has a flattened look in contrast to Newell's rounder shapes.

The line was used as a basis for Quaker Oats promotions. Such pieces are marked simply, "Trellis." Otherwise, most items will carry the general HLC backstamp. If a piece of Trellis has a single digit such as a "1" or "2" as the year for the date code as in B 1 N 8 or D 2 N 8, this it is from 1931 or 1932. Many make the mistake these are from 1921 or 1922.

Most treatments used on Trellis are stylized floral decals but some solid colors exist such as green and light yellow -- two glazes popular in the Depression era. Another type of treatment unique to Trellis involved the handles and finials with hand-painted trim work in either green, red, orange, black, and platinum in various combinations on the light yellow glaze.

Trellis flatware isn't terribly difficult to locate, but the hollowware is a different story. The line was discontinued shortly after 1932 making its production run less than six years.

Trellis advertisement from 1929.

Trellis embossing detail

Trellis plates for Quaker Oats

Decaled Trellis

Six inch plate with gold stamps

Six inch plate in green glaze

Trellis gravy faststand in light yellow glaze and medallion decals. Inset shows its 1929 backstamp.

Peaslee-Gaulbert Corp advertisement for Trellis, dated November 8, 1929.

Trellis baker in a Depression-era green glaze

Trellis 48s jug with Newell demitasse sugar

Trellis casserole with green trim, pattern T-36

Trellis sauceboat and liner, pattern T-36

Trellis cake plate, sugar, and creamer, pattern T-12

Trellis teapot, pattern T-12

Cake Plate sample
Courtesy: The Homer Laughlin China Co.
1929 ad for Trellis in ivory

Decaled green 6" plate

Teapot with yellow glaze

Trellis shop sample plates. The last two patterns shown did not go into production.
These pieces are from the collection of the Fiesta® Tableware Company (formerly HLCCo.)

Casserole with pattern T-23, black and platinum trim.

36s bowls; left, Trellis and right, Nautilus

Pickle and creamer in light yellow glaze with red trim, pattern T-12.

Trellis 10" Plate.
Assortment of Items:
  • Oval Baker
  • 36s Bowl
  • Covered Butter
  • 10 3/4" Cake Plate
  • Casserole
  • Pickle
  • 11" Platter
  • 13" Platter
  • Fruit cup
  • 48s Jug, 5/8 pt.
  • Nappy
  • 36s Oatmeal
  • 6 1/4" Plate
  • 7 1/4" Plate
  • 9 1/2" Plate
  • 10" Plate
  • 8" Coupe Soup
  • Sauceboat
  • Gravy Faststand
  • Sugar
  • Teacup
  • Saucer
  • Teapot

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