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Conversation by Taylor, Smith & Taylor Co.
The following originally appeared on pages 27-33 of Taylor, Smith & Taylor Dinnerware by Mark Gonzalez ©2004,
and is being posted on www.laurelhollowpark.net with permission along with corrections and updates.

The Taylor, Smith & Taylor Co. produced the Conversation shape for roughly five years from 1950 until 1954. The distinctive square shape and its patterns were designed by Walter Dorwan Teague.

Montgomery Wards sold at least three Conversation lines. "Coffee Tree" and "Prairie Pheasant" (both shown below) along with Conversation in the Lu-Ray Pastel glazes were offered in Wards catalogs in the early 1950s. Interestingly, when Wards initially sold Conversation in pastel glazes, the colors chosen were blue, gray, yellow, and pink. When gray was discontinued from Lu-Ray in 1953, Wards changed the color lineup in Conversation to blue, green, yellow, and pink. Shortly thereafter, the Conversation shape itself was discontinued. As a result, green Conversation is harder to find than the other four glazes. (This is not true for the Lu-Ray Pastels line where gray is the rarer color.)

Most Conversation patterns have flatware with colored rims and hollowware with exterior glazes that coordinate with the decals. For example, "King O' Dell", "Day Lily", and "Petunia" all use the same green coloring on the rims of flatware and exteriors of hollowware. Other colors were used such as a mahogany brown, several different shades of green, and gray.

Conversation was discontinued in 1954. Designer John Gilkes had joined TS&T by then and had shelved not only the Conversation shape, but almost all of the treatments developed for the line as well.

Most pieces are marked with a TS&T Conversation backstamp with Teague's name and a date code. Compared to other TS&T shapes, Conversation had a rather limited assortment:

  • 10" plate
  • 8" plate
  • 6" plate
  • Fruit cup
  • Oatmeal bowl
  • Rim Soup
  • Teacup
  • Saucer
  • Nappy
  • Baker
  • Medium platter
  • Large platter
  • Covered sugar
  • Creamer
  • Covered casserole
  • Sauceboat
  • Sauceboat stand
  • Salt shaker
  • Pepper shaker
  • A.D. cup
  • A.D. saucer
  • Coffeepot
  • Water pitcher
  • Chop plate

Conversation in Lu-Ray glazes


Covers of Conversation brochures



Pattern 2170, Petunia

"Prairie Pheasant" variation

Swiss Provincial


"Nassau" sugar and creamer

"Prairie Pheasant" sugar and creamer


Floral decal on a Conversation platter

"Autumn Leaves" covered sugar


Goldfinch 10" plate

Blue jay 10" plate

Shakers


"Tropicana" (pattern 2202) with gray and pink plates

"Jamaica" - this is Tropicana with brown trim and accents


Solid brown Conversation

Oak Leaf A.D. cup and saucer


"Pioneer" plate

"Magnolia" plate

"Cockerel" coffeepot


"Bahama" (left) and "Lady Helene" (right)

"Sea Shell" sugar and shakers


Hand-painted "Brittany Pheasant"
When sold with contrasting brown pieces, it was "Provincial Fantasy"

Hand-painted "Mango Seed"
When sold with contrasting brown pieces, it was "Modern Fantasy"


Souvenir plates

"Day Lily" (left) and "Naussau" (right)



Cups and saucers in all five Lu-Ray glazes

Nappy, oatmeal, and fruit

Sauceboat and stand in yellow and blue

Sugar and creamer in blue and pink

Fruit bowls in all five Lu-Ray glazes

Large platter in gray and medium platter in green

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