Victoria by Homer Laughlin
The following originally appeared on pages 177-179 of An Overview of Homer Laughlin Dinnerware ©2002,
and is being posted on www.laurelhollowpark.net with permission along with corrections and updates.

Victoria was developed towards the end of 1964. There's a major problem for collectors surrounding this swirl shape: almost every piece is unmarked. There is at least one exception - Sheffield Bone White. As the name implies, the body has a white glaze with no trim or decal decoration.

You may find Sheffield Bone White marks on another line of swirl dinnerware that was made in Japan, but that line has nothing to do with Homer Laughlin. Royal China also made a line of swirl dinnerware in the 1940s and 50s, but generally it will be marked. For the hollowware, HLC's Victoria will have a little "lump" towards the bottom of the handles. This can be found on the casserole, gravy, teapot, coffeepot, creamer, and sugar. By contrast, Royal's swirl shape has flattop handles. There should be little confusion between Victoria and other swirl shapes.

Victoria seems to have been made for a short period of time. Mold notes indicate some pieces were revised in 1965, but no new items were added. The assortment is rather straightforward with the most basic of serving pieces. Calendar plates were made using Victoria blanks for the years 1966, 1967, and 1968. Usually, the 1966 version is on a plain blank, whereas '67 and '68 examples have platinum trim. Also, some blanks were used as decorative state souvenir plates.

Arcadia, V-100 Plate

Lady Eleanor, V-117

V-111 Spring Song and V-117

Victoria coffee pots, casserole, gravy, sugar, and creamer

Sugar and creamer with pattern V-118, "Remembrance"

Bone White covered casserole

1972 ad for "Blossom Time"
Assortment of Items:
  • 13" platter
  • 11" platter
  • 9" platter
  • 10 1/4" plate
  • 7 1/4" plate
  • 6" plate
  • Gravy
  • Fruit cup
  • Lug soup
  • Tea cup
  • Saucer
  • Creamer
  • Sugar
  • Shakers
  • Casserole
  • Coffeepot
  • Teapot
  • Butter
  • Handled Tray*
  • Ashtray*
Items marked with an asterisk (*) were
made in Sheffiled Bone White only.

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