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James River Potteries
James River Potteries was located in Hopewell, Virginia and closed in the very late 1930s. Their dinnerware has distinct streamline/art deco styling typical of the time.

After the plant closed, the Homer Laughlin China Company took over production of their Modern Farmer shape for Sears.

Some shapes made by James River Potteries:

  • Cascade
  • Commonwealth
  • Modern Farmer
  • Virginia


Cascade creamer with an impressed “JR” marking
Virginia 9" plate with a stamped “JR” marking

“Challis” on the Cascade shape
Courtesy: Candy Fagerlin
James River's Cascade shape


Promotional ad for Cascade, late 1930s.


Commonwealth shape. Designed by J. Palin Thorley. Late 1930s.

Virginia Shape, circa 1937.


"Brenton" pattern on James River's Modern Farmer shape.

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