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Avona
The following originally appeared on pages 19 and 20 of the book, Taylor, Smith & Taylor Dinneware by Mark Gonzalez, © 2004.
It is being posted on www.laurelhollowpark.net with permission along with corrections and updates. Additional images courtesy Joanne Jasper.

Avona was Taylor, Smith & Taylor's longest running shape. It was first made around 1915 and remained in production until the mid-1950s. Avona was a copy of Havilland's Ranson - a shape copied by many American potteries. TS&T gave it the name Avona, but Homer Laughlin called theirs, Republic. For Knowles it was Monterey. W. S. George named their copy Raddison.

The decals used on Avona are mainly moss floral sprays very similar to what other potteries used on their own versions of the shape. Some Avona treatment have simple gold trim, whereas others have the periodic embossing done in either solid gold, stipple gold, or with small gold strokes, called "grass" strokes in company records.

Avona stared out with a very extensive assortment with different sizes of jugs, platters, and casseroles. However, by the end of its production run, it had been reduced to the most basic of serving and accessory pieces.

The first marking on Avona was the triangle mark as shown on the right. It was replaced with the more common wreath backstamp in the early 1930s



Avona with heavy gold trim.



"Bridal Rose" on an Avon baker.

Pattern #1697 on a sauce boat.

Avona sugar and creamer.

Avona creamer and sauce boat with pattern #1498.


"Pansy" with gold dapple. Pattern #1712.



Avona platter, pickle and sauce boat.



Full Avona assorment. Descriptions are given below

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