Universal Potteries
Examples of dinnerware made by Universal Potteries of Cambridge, Ohio (1934 - 1954)

• Ballerina
  • Plain round soupe shape - handles and finails are ring shaped
  • Comes white or solid colors with decal treatments
  • Also blue body with decals as "Ballerina Mist"
  • Plain solid colors include:
    • Periwinkle Blue
    • Turquoise
    • Pink
    • Jade Green
    • Jonquil Yellow
    • Burgundy
    • Forest Green
    • Chartreuse
    • Dove Grey (light grey)
    • Charcoal (dark grey)
    • Sierra Rust
    • Antique White
  • Produced primairly in the 1950s
  • Assortment consists of approx. 50+ dinnerware and kitchen items

Turquoise creamer, pink lug handled platter,
Ballerina Mist sauceboat and stand.
Forest green teapot, chartreuse
demi cup and saucer, grey water jug.

Square plate in burgundy
Handled Tray in burgundy

Lug soup

Cup and saucer, dinner plate
Covered butterdish
Sauceboat with stand,
Round serving tray

“Coral Lily”
“Like an old-fashioned painting, Maderia is a still-life of fruit and flowers.
The delicate blooms and vines, the graceful grapes and luscious plum fill
a basket with color and create a pattern of antique beauty. All colors are
applied over smooth ivory-white.”

“Warm autumn colors in unique design -- Tiger Lily red, browns, grays
with charcoal accents. Use with harmonizing cloths, woven mats or contrast
with green. Ivory-toned rimless shapes.”

Vintage Ballerina Ads
Courtesy: Candy Fagerlin
“Peach Blossom”
“Moss Rose”
“Star Lily”

The following line has the Universal Ballerina backstamp.
While the flatware does seem to be the standard coupe
shape, the hollowware is a mix of different shapes.
Along the left hand side of the marking is:


All images Courtesy: Judith Stout

Unmarked sugar and creamer
with the Comde Rose decal
Ballerina shape bowl

Ballerina shape platter
Covered teapot

Price List for Solid Colored Ballerina
Courtesy: Fred Mutchler

Ballerina Mist examples: Snack set, small plate, lug soup.
Courtesy: J. Stout

This mid 1950s magazine ad features Strawflower on Ballerina Mist.
Close ups of the other patterns can be viewed below.

1950s ad for Corsage on the Ballerina shape.
Courtesy: Fran & Carl Stone .

1952 ad for Ballerina Accessory Pieces.

• Calico Fruit

The "Calico Fruit" treatment was very popular in the 1940s. While the
dinnerware shapes came from Camwood Ivory,the kitchen items were a mixture of Universal shapes.

Calico Fruit Kitchenware

The above images are from a 1949 ad featuring Calico Fruit. The description given was as follows:

EMPHASIZE COLOR AS WELL AS UTILITY IN YOUR KITCHEN... choose this gay Calico Fruit Ovenware to match your other Calico Fruit Kitchen accessories [the accessories included metal canisters and some glassware]. The vivid patchwork of colors is predominately blue, red and yellow on a background of ivory-white. Made of semi-porcelain -- a durable, practical ware that is heatproof... coldproof... and acid resisting. Designed for a variety of uses... oven-to-table serving, mixing as well as storing left-overs in the refrigerator.

Calico Fruit Dinnerware
Creamer and Vintage ad

• Camwood Ivory
  • Made by Universal Potteries
  • Plain round shape
  • Comes mainly in white/ivory with decal treatments including Cattail
  • Camwood Ivory in the following pastel shades was sold as "Sunny Lane":
    • Periwinkle Blue
    • Jade Green
    • Cocoa Tan
    • Jonquil Yellow
  • Produced primairly in the late 1930s and until 1950
  • Assortment consists of approx. 30 items

Left: fruit cup, soup bowl, 6" plate, cup and saucer.
Center: 10" plate, tab handled tray, foreground: fruit cup and saucer.
Right: Vintage Ad for "Sunny Lane" Ensemble. Courtesy: Candy Fagerlin

Platter and sugar with decals
Vintage Ad for “Pierrette”

Two early 1940s ads for popular treatments on Universal's Camwood Ivory shape:
1940s Ad for Poppy
1940s Ad for Cattail
Courtesy: Candy Fagerlin

Three styles of Camwood Ivory Serving Trays
  • “Lug Platter” a.k.a. “Utility Tray”
  • Overall length: 13 1/4”
  • Commonly found in cocoa tan and
    in white with decals
  • “Round Lug Platter”
  • Overall length: 11 5/8”
  • More common with decals than solid colors
  • “Small Round Tray” a.k.a. “Bread Plate”
  • Overall length: 10 1/4”
  • Of the three trays, this size is the scarcest

• Carousel
  • Plain round shape; mushroom hollowware
  • Made in exterior colored glazes:
    • Bermuda Pink
    • Caribbean Blue
    • Jamaica Gray
    • Nassau Green
  • Produced in the early 1950s

Early 1950s ad featuring Universal's Carousel. The colored glazes were done
on exteriors; tops of flatware and outsides of hollowware. A service for four
could be purchased for $8.95 in mix-or-match colors.

• Cattail
  • Made by Universal Potteries, primarily for Sears & Roebuck
  • "Cattail" refers to the decal treatment
  • Camwood Ivory, Laurella as well as other dinnerware shapes carried the Cattail decal
  • Cattail also appeared on a wide array of Universal kitchenware
  • Produced in the 1940s
  • Assortment is extensive since so many pieces carried the treatment
  • The Cattail decal was also used by other companies

Compartment plate
Mixing Bowl
Dinner plate

Cake lifter
Cattail treatment as used by Hall China.
The sugar and creamer set was sold along with a matching electric percolator for Westinghouse.

Courtesy Candy Fagerlin

1956 ad for Universal's Fiorello
Courtesy: Fran & Carl Stone
"Circus" with red trim
Courtesy: Nora Green

• Canteen Jugs

These photos of Universal Potteries Oxfordware refrigerator jugs were sent in by Eric Uecker.
They were made in solid colors and with decals in the 1930s and 40s.

Three styles of “Canteen” jugs

Round “Canteen” jugs, front

Round “Canteen” jugs, back

• Laurella
  • Round shape with rim decoration of leaves and bows
  • Comes with decals -- one such treatment is Cattail
  • Solid colors include the following pastel shades:
    (same glazes used in Camwood Ivory)
    • Periwinkle
    • Jade
    • Peach
    • Yellow
  • Produced primairly in the 1940s
  • Assortment consists of approx. 20 items

9" plate in periwinkle
Periwinkle sugar, yellow creamer

• Mount Vernon
  • Round shape with unique fluted embossing
  • Produced in the mid 30s to early 40s
  • Comes mainly with decals (Commonly Cattail and Poppy)
  • Approx. 30 items (including kitchenware)
  • Generally marked with Mount Vernon backstamp

Covered Casserole

Cup and saucer

• Old Holland
  • a.k.a. Netherlands
  • Round scalloped shape with heavy embossing
  • Made primarily with decals
  • Produced into the 1940s
  • Assortment consists of approx. 20 items

Old Holland shape saucer
Courtesy: P. Esnault

• Rodeo
  • Round shape with gadroon embossing
  • Made primarily in solid colors:
    • Periwinkle
    • Jade
    • Peach
    • Yellow
    • Gray
    • Dark Green
    • Chartreuse
    • Maroon
    • Whtie (decaled)
  • Sometimes found with decals
  • Produced in the late 40s and very early 50s
  • Assortment consists of approx. 20+ items

Rodeo 1st Style Sugar
Courtesy: F. & C. Stone

1949 ad showing Rodeo being sold as, “Bermuda”

• Sunrise Dinnerware

The handled tray shown below comes from an embossed line made by Universal Potteries called, “Sunrise Dinnerware.”
It has the Operative Potters marking used by Universal, Cronin and several others, but doesn't include the Universal name.
The bottom pic shows the "ribbon" embossing detail.

• UPICO Ivory
  • UPICO stands for Universal Potteries, Inc. Cambridge, Ohio
  • Round shape, flat ware has a set of rings towards the rim,
    hollow ware has rings at the base; handles are ring shaped
  • Produced in 1940s
  • Made with decals and two-tone colored glazes (usually ivory/blue or ivory/red)
  • Assortment consists of approx. 40+ dinnerware and kitchenware items
  • Most pieces are marked with an UPICO marking

Cup and saucer with decal and gold trim
Tom & Jerry Bowl
Matching Fiesta-like mugs complete the set

The ad to the left appeared in the December 1938 edition of China, Glass and Lamps. It announces UPICO dinnerware being introduced as a "balance" to the already existing UPICO kitchenware:

Kilned for a Killing

The new Universal Upico Dinnerware is splendidly equipped in beauty, quality and price to win a leading position in the profit picture of every retailer. It is available on the standard Upico Ivory body, and can be had with all types of decorations, including wide pastel and deep-tone bands, narrow lines and decalcomania. The same decorative treatments will be furnished on both Upico Dinnerware and Oven-Proof Kitchenware -- thus giving the retailer a compelling sales advantage in suggesting to consumers the purchase of matching ware. Previously it has been possible to obtain matching decorative treatments. Now every characteristic of each line is obviously complimentary to the other.

Below are examples of Upico Ivory with Windmill decal treatments.
Courtesy: Judith Stout

Dinner Plates
Cup and Saucer

Early 1940s brochure for Universal Potteries' Blue Bell Kitchenware on the Carillon Shape.

The advertisement below features Universal Potteries' Camwood Ivory shape in solid colored glazes made for Sears in the late 1930s and into the 1940s. The matching kitchenware shown was made in the same pastel galzes, but it can also be found in Universal's distinct Cherrytone color.

Other pieces of kitchenware with the same embossed base design can be found that are not pictured in the ad, namely the disc refrigerator jug with cork lid.

Universal kitchenware teapots in Jonquil Yellow, Periwinkle Blue, and Cherrytone Red.
Photo courtesy: Terri Puleo

Promotional material for "Laurella" by Universal Potteries, circa 1948

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