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Plymouth by Taylor, Smith & Taylor
The following originally appeared on pages 116-121 of Taylor, Smith & Taylor Dinnerware by Mark Gonzalez ©2004,
and is being posted on www.laurelhollowpark.net with permission along with corrections and updates.

Taylor, Smith & Taylor introduced the Plymouth shape in 1937. Based on the amount of advertising and promotions during its release, it is clear TS&T intended this to be their principal line of dinnerware. Unfortunately, the line as not a huge success and was overshadowed the with the introduction of the popular Empire shape.

Plymouth is a rimless shape - one of the very few coupe shapes available to the public in the 1930s. A gadroon embossing was modeled along the rim as well as on the finials and handles. Each piece of hollowware was modeled with a pronounced foot and a beaded edge towards the bottom.

Plymouth was the first TS&T shape not to have oval platters. Instead, there were three sizes of round chop plates with tab handles. Plymouth was also the first shape to have salt and pepper shakers. The two lines that followed, Empire and Vistosa, were made with shakers, however, none were created for the existing shapes, Laurel, Garland, or Fairway. They would instead pick up Empire shakers when needed. Plymouth was also given a console set consisting of a pair of candle holders and a centerpiece bowl. Console sets are not common in dinnerware lines and no other TS&T line, before or after Plymouth, would have such a set.

Plymouth was decorated in four major forms: ivory glaze with decals, Rose Mist (pink colored clay) - plain or with decals, underglaze transfer decorations, and in the four Lu-Ray glazes. The pastel glazed pieces were marked Insterstate Sunrise Ware with no mention of the TS&T.

Most of the decals used on Plymouth can also be found on Empire and Laurel. A popular treatment used on Plymouth was, "Mexican Fantasy." It consisted of a group of Mexican themed decals and was available with either red or blue trim.

With the exception of Interstate Sunrise Ware, Plymouth can be found with the TST wreath backstamp and date code. In many cases, the special "Premier" decal marking was also used.


Copies of trade adverts featuring Plymouth dated 1937 and 1938



Interstate Sunrise Ware - Plymouth in Lu-Ray glazes
Courtesy: Fran and Carl Stone

Interstate Sunrise Ware - Plymouth in Lu-Ray glazes
Courtesy: Greg and Liz

Plymouth Rose Mist - pink body clay with clear glaze
Courtesy: B. Kahree



Teapot with "Roses and Bluebells"

Plymouth shakers

Pattern 1489 on a pair of lug soups

Pattern 1431, "What-not"

Pattern 1535, "Dwarf Tulip"

Tab-handled chop plate

Plymouth candlesticks

Sugar base, teacup, and saucer in pink

Sauceboat and stand (pickle)

Plymouth coasters/ashtrays

Pattern 1544 on a fruit cup

Plymouth Rose Mist (pink body clay) sugar

Pattern 1226 ½ dinner plate

Pattern 1457, "Hyde Park Tulips"

Console bowl with pattern 1212 ½, "Lace Needlepoint"

Pattern 1445, "Duchess" on a gravy fast-stand

Pattern 1514, "Barberry"

Pattern 1423, "Irises" on Rose Mist Plymouth

"Peasant" on a Plymouth 10" plate

Decaled Interstate Sunrise Ware

Plymouth chop plate with signatures in gold

"Lace Needlepoint" shakers

Drawings for Mexican theme decals

Pattern 1510, "Mexican Fantasy"

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