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Pebbleford by the Taylor, Smith & Taylor Co.
The following originally appeared on pages 107-115 of Taylor, Smith & Taylor Dinnerware by Mark Gonzalez ©2004,
and is being posted on www.laurelhollowpark.net with permission along with corrections and updates.

Pebbleford

Pebbleford was a solid color line of dinnerware made from 1953 until the mid-1960s. The shapes came directly from Versatile and were given colorful speckled glazes. Initially, it was sold mainly in rainbow sets, but by the end of its production run, it was usually offered in single color sets.

The original colors from 1953 were sand, teal, granite, and sunburst. Turquoise, marble, and pink were added soon after. By the late 1950s, granite and teal had been replaced by a new green called mint. Burnt orange was made in the 1960s.

The full list of Pebbleford glazes is given here:

  • Sunburst
  • Granite (grey)
  • Sand
  • Teal
  • Turquoise
  • Pink
  • Mint Green
  • Marble (white)
  • Burnt Orange
  • Honey, used mainly with Reveille, a rooster decaled line
  • Lime Green, used in Catalina and previously called "unknown" green

Most pieces were marked with a special Pebbleford backstamp with a date code. Expect to find pieces from other shapes, namely Empire and Ever Yours, in the speckled glazes as well.


Mid-1950s advertisement for Pebbleford

Mid-1960s advertisement for Pebbleford


Original Pebbleford brochure showing Sunburst, Sand, Granite, and Teal



10" plate in granite, creamer in sand, gravy in pink

Cup and sacuer in sand

Oval vegetable in sand

Pickle in sunburst

Round vegetable in sunburst, coupe soup in teal

Fruit cup in burnt orange

Divided dish in pink

Teapot in granite

Coffee pot in sand and service jug in turquoise

Teapot in marble, egg cups in sand and sunburst

13" and 11" platters in turquoise

Salt and pepper shakers in sand

Covered lug soup in granite

Covered cheese dish in sunburst

Unhandled sugar in pink, handled sugar in teal

Cigarette box in sunburst



Mixing bowls in Sunburst, granite, sand, and teal

Covered casserole in turquoise

Comparison of greens and gray, left to right: granite, lime, teal, and mint


Catalina

The Catalina line of dinnerware was produced by Taylor, Smith & Taylor from 1956 until late 1957. It was intended as a supermarket promotion and was offered by various chains from coast to coast. A&P Supermarket was one of the largest involved in the promotion. They offered Catalina primarily during the summer months in 1957.

A four or five piece place setting (depending on the store) was offered at a set price. Each week an accessory item was discounted. For example, on one week the shakers would be reduced from $1.60 to $1.19; another week the oval platter would go from $2.35 to $1.79. When the sale had run its course the remaining stock was discounted until it was all gone.

Catalina was based on TS&T's speckled glaze Pebbleford line which was first made three years prior. Three colors were selected from Pebbleford; pink, turquoise, and sunburst. A fourth color, green was specially created for Catalina. The colors were given special names during the promotion:

  • Pink - Coral Pink
  • Turquoise - Avalon Blue
  • Sunburst - Lemon Yellow
  • new Green - Lime Green
To make Catalina distinct from Pebbleford, newly made shakers, teacup, and a creamer would take the place of the standard Versatile shapes. Also, the Classic shape coffeepot stood in for its Versatile counterpart. The assortment often varied from one supermarket to the next. The coffeepot and lug soup were usually offered in promotions from 1956, but often disappear in ones from 1957. The full line is given below. All pieces are from the standard Pebbleford/Versatile shape unless otherwise noted.
  1. 10" plate
  2. 7" plate
  3. Teacup (Catalina shape)
  4. Saucer
  5. Soup bowl
  6. Fruit cup
  7. Covered sugar (handleless version)
  8. Creamer (Catalina shape)
  9. Round vegetable bowl
  10. Oval vegetable bowl
  11. Shakers (Catalina shape)
  12. Covered casserole
  13. 12" platter
  14. Divided baker
  15. Coffee server (Classic shape)
  16. Lug Soup
Catalina was never to be marked. According to company records, the line was to be marketed by "Sunset Potteries" of Arcadia, California with special notes that no piece is to receive a Pebbleford backstamp and all TS&T marks were to be removed from cartons. Sunset Potteries was to be shown as the shipper. Catalina was being offered at much lower prices than Pebbleford so these efforts (along with the new hollowware and new green glaze) must have been done to distance the two lines from each other as much as possible.


Catalina promotion from 1956

Catalina promotion from 1957


Catalina cups and saucers in all four glazes


Left: Catalina shakers in lime green with Pebbleford shakers in teal
Right: Catalina shakers in avalon blue



Left: Classic shape coffeepots in coral pink and avalon blue
Right: Catalina creamer (sometimes confused as a syrup) in lemon yellow



Left: Classic shape coffeepot and Catalina creamer in Lime Green (mistakenly sprayed turquoise inside)
Right: Pink handleless sugar (used with both Catalina and Pebbleford) and teal handled sugar (Pebbleford only)


The Catalina shape teacups were used again in at least two special Pebbleford "Scandia" lines; Arctic Night and Daisy Dane. Arctic Night uses turquoise hollowware while flatware and lids were glazed in Marble (white Pebbleford) and given six-petal floral decorations. Daisy Dane is identical to Arctic Night except it uses Sunburst instead of Turquoise as the contrasting color. Most of the dinner plates will be marked Scandia with the appropriate decoration name.


Arctic Night 10" plate

Arctic Night cup and saucer

Daisy Dane advert


Arctic Night soup tureen and bowl set.


Spice

To the right is an image from a vintage ad of a line offered by Montgomery Wards in the late 1950s. The line is called, “Spice” and has a mixture of Taylor Smith and Taylor shapes in Pebbleford glazes.

The ad reads:

Refreshing colors on interesting modern shapes make an exceptionally attractive table setting. Four colors in each set: Turquoise, Pink, Gray [Granite] and Yellow [Sunburst], each spiced with brown flecks. Colors always stay bright and clear because they're under the glaze.

This line could be ordered in sets for 4, 6 or 8.
Individual items could be ordered from open stock.

The flat ware is Versatile, but the hollowware is a combination of Versatile and Empire
The following pieces were available in any color (from the “open stock” listing):

  • Versatile Flatware:
    • 10" plates
    • 6" plates
    • saucers
    • coupe soup
    • fruit cup
    • small platter
    • medium platter
  • Versatile Hollowware:
    • Coffeepot
    • Salt and Pepper shakers
  • Empire Hollowware:
    • Creamer
    • Covered sugar, handleless
    • Teacup (Laurel) with straight foot

The Versatile hollowware and flatware are part of the standard Pebbleford line.
However, the three Empire pieces were not offered with Pebbleford and are very hard to find in the speckled glazes.


Empire sugars in turquoise and pink

Empire creamer in sunburst


Pebbleford with decals

Pebbleford was made with decals during its run. Examples in turquoise, sunburst, pink, and marble have been found so far.


"Mardi Gras" on Pebblefrod with black accents

"Pennsylvania Dutch" on sunburst sugar and creamer

"Mardi Gras" plate and casserole with pink lid

"Swiss Provincial" mixing bowl

Santa with gold stamp border

"Powder Blue" on turquoise

"White Wheat" on turquoise with platinum edge

"Dandelion" on pink

"Dwarf Pine" cup (left) with same decal on a Pebbleford turquoise creamer

"Italian Rose" on a sunburst casserole

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