Debutante by Homer Laughlin
Debutante was a decal shape first offered by Homer Laughlin in January of 1950. They had used shapes from the already existing Jubilee line which had been introduced in 1948. It wasn't uncommon for HLC and other potteries to use a shape for both solid colors and decals. HLC had done it before with Wells, Century, Nautilus, OvenServe, Orleans, and Kitchen Kraft.

Trade advertisements from 1950 say this about the new line:

Homer Laughlin presents its newest, smartly styled line of exciting dinnerware, created to meet the demand of modern America. The subtle beauty of graceful shape and a new "Snow White" glaze combine with fresh, new, colorful, decorative treatments to bring charm to the table of the most discriminating hostess. Available in many patterns. Moderately priced.

Debutante wasn't widely used. Rhythm, Cavalier, and the Dura-Print lines would become more successful. As a result, Debutante was only offered for a few years and the number of patterns available ranged somewhere between 25-30.

Debutante was usually marked with the shape name. In most cases, there is a date code.

For more, see the sections on Jubilee and Skytone & Suntone.

Copies of trade adverts from China, Glass, and Decorative Accessories featuring Debutante

January 1950

June 1950

July 1950

Original brochures with Bali Flower (D-1), Dogwood (D-3), Wild Grapes (D-5), and Flame Flower (D-8).

Gravy Fast Stand -- "Silver Rose" with platinum trim (D-12)

Debutante sugar with yellow ox-eye and creamer with Silver Rose.

Drawing number 4177, original artwork for Debutante's "Flame Flower"
Courtesy The Homer Laughlin China Company

Ads for Debutante from Montgomery Wards in the early 1950s.
Dogwood's treatment number is D-3. Debutante or "Violets" is MW-181.

Debutante teapots: "Flame Flower" (D-8) in front, "Hawaii" (D-17) in back.
Photo courtesy Richard G. Racheter.

Debutante teapot with "Gray Laurel" (D-4) and a pair of lug soups.
Photo courtesy Richard G. Racheter.

The remaining pictures are courtesy Joanne Jasper.

"Ivy" (D-15) and "Flame Flower" (D-8)

"Champagne" (D-6) and "Wheat"

Patterns D-18 (left) and JCP-130 (right)

Patterns D-12 "Silver Rose" with green trim (left) and RCP-25 (right)

"Cat tail" (D-2) and "Magnolia" with green trim (D-16)

"Hawaii" (D-17) and Violets (MW-181)

"Country Squire" on a Debutante plate and coffeepot by Nelson Lebo.

Assortment of Items:
  • Chop Plate
  • 10" Plate
  • 9" Plate
  • 7" Plate
  • 6" Plate
  • Teacup
  • Saucer
  • Coupe Soup
  • Cereal Soup
  • 5 1/2" Fruit
  • Lug Soup
  • 15" Platter
  • 13" Platter
  • 11" Platter
  • 7 1/2" Nappy
  • Shakers
  • Double Egg Cup
  • Gravy Fast Stand
  • Covered Casserole
  • Covered Sugar
  • Creamer
  • Coffeepot
  • A.D. Cup
  • A.D.Saucer

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