Chelsea by Homer Laughlin
The following originally appeared on page 225 of An Overview of Homer Laughlin Dinnerware ©2002,
and is being posted on www.laurelhollowpark.net with permission along with corrections and updates.

When the Virginia Rose shape was first offered in late 1932, Quaker Oats decided they would like to pick up the necessary pieces for a breakfast set. In late January 1933, several samples were made, but those at Quaker Oats changed their minds and by late February 1933, they had decided on Taylor, Smith & Taylor's embossed shape, Marvel. For more on Marvel, see this page.

Marvel was very similar to Virginia Rose, but had heavier embossing. Rhead noted the decal treatment was to consist of 6 sprays and a center. The name "Garland" was applied to this new small line, but it was changed to "Chelsea" after it was realized TS&T already had another shape called Garland.

Chelsea can be found with the simple colorful sprigs for the promotion, but once in a while, pieces can be found with other HLC decals. The dinnerware version made by Taylor, Smith & Taylor had an extensive assortment and can be found with a T&T backstamp and date code, usually from the early 1930s.

Larger pieces of Chelsea were also made by HLC including a 9" plate, platter, nappy, and baker. Sugars, creamers, and other pieces were picked up from other shapes such as Virginia Rose and Orleans.

Chelsea 6-inch plate

Decaled Chelsea 6-inch plate and baker with official treatment number CH-7.

"Flight of the Swallows" on a Chelsea platter with a Wells syrup, gravy, and liner.


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