Laughlin Art China

Laughlin art china pitcher & stag-handled mugs Laughlin Art China Monk pitcher and mugs Laughlin hand-painted punch bowl

All of these currant-decaled pieces are marked "Laughlin Art China" on the base. The pitcher is 14.5" tall; two of the mugs are 4.25" tall and the remaining three are 3.75" tall. This was my HLC Christmas present to me one year!

Also marked "Laughlin Art China", the monk mugs and pitcher portray characters who may not be what I think of as perfectly "saintly", but who could be a lot of fun to hang around with.

Not marked LAC but lined up with the art china collection because it seems to come from the same era and was painted by the Curtis Art Studio, this baby is about 12" in diameter and bears an older Homer Laughlin mark, used up until 1904 (?).

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Some Examples of Older Homer Laughlin Marks

Niagara Toothbrush Holder Shaving Mug Celery Dish Celery Dish

A Niagara toothbrush holder with the old "Eagle over Lion" mark
Used thru 1904

A shaving mug with a Homer Laughlin mark similar to that of the punch bowl above.
Used thru 1904

(May 1913 Plant 4)
Celery tray marked
Homer Laughlin
MADE IN U.S.A.
E 3 N

(July 1922 Plant 4)
Toilet set marked
Homer Laughlin
MADE IN U.S.A.
7 2 N

For more information about marks, see an Ohio River pottery page.

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Vintage Fiesta Dinnerware

Vintage Fiesta Flat-Bottomed Teacups

Fiesta "Turkey" Luncheon Plate

turquoise flat-bottomed teacup group of flat-bottomed teacups Fiesta Turkey Plate, front Regular Fiesta ink-stamp on the back

What is so special about these flat-bottomed teacups? Well, it turns out that they are from the first production run, made up until mid-1937, when the molds were changed to produce the more common, rounded inside bottom teacups. Since the turquoise glaze was introduced about the same time as the molds were changed, it is rare to find a turquoise one.

When I ran across the turquoise, I grabbed it up in a heartbeat! I finally found a green and yellow ones too, although they are not shown in the photo. This obscure obsession has not progressed to the point where I have first production run saucers to go with the teacups.

This is an ivory plate with a turkey decal & maroon rim. The back of the plate shows the regular Fiesta ink-stamp. My grandmother had a plate just like this one sitting in a corner on her kitchen counter.

More Fiesta Pictures

The original six The 50's colors post86 Halloween Night Fiesta

This all started out with an old 6-place-setting set of the six original colors that my grandmother gave me when I was married; she had it stored in her shed out back.

Sometimes though, I'm just in the mood for the 50's colors. That's a post86 grey presentation bowl in the middle of the table because I can't tell the difference in the 1950's grey and the new grey.

Halloween Night, when you're feeling a little "dark".

One of my cabinets Vintage Mixing Bowls Fiesta Kitchen Kraft individual casseroles

One of my cabinets,
a mix of old and new

A collection of mixing bowls

Fiesta Kitchen Kraft Individual Casseroles normally came in four vintage colors.

vintage juice pitchers and tumblers Celadon Juice Pitcher vintage (4) and post86 (1) juice pitchers

Vintage Red and Fiesta Yellow
juice pitchers and tumblers

My newest addition, celadon (1948),
dipped in Jubilee's celadon glaze.

Juice pitchers in five vintage colors.
The grey is an imposter (NOT vintage) because again, I can't really tell the difference in vintage grey & p86 pearl grey.

See some Amberstone/Ironstone here.

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Newer Fiesta Dinnerware

HawaiianaWare Disk Pitcher HawaiianaWare Disk Pitcher, signed by Joe Wells, Jr. HawaiianaWare Disk Pitcher base

HawaiianaWare uses as its decoration scenes from murals created by artist Eugene Savage. Only the disk pitcher was chosen from the Fiesta shapes to be included in the HawaiianaWare line.

This pitcher is signed on the back by Joe Wells, Jr., now deceased, past president of the company.

The base of the pitcher. To see more HawaiianaWare, click here (page on HLC website).

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HLC Nautilus Dishes

Nautilus Go-Alongs

I became interested in early HLC Nautilus after I found this bone and green set with tulip decals listed on eBay (just below on the far left). I recognized the tulips from an article in HLCCA's quarterly publication, "The Dish", vol. 5, no. 4, Summer 2003. "The Dish" article tells us that the Harmony sets, 4 different decals on regular Nautilus, produced to go with red, yellow, cobalt, or green Fiesta, came out in 1936, the first year of production for both Nautilus and Fiesta. At least two ads for these sets have been found; the Nautilus green go-along decal is different in each ad but the other decals are the same. My tulips are pictured in the black and white center ad. The "other" green go-along shown in the ad on the far right, is the Flowers and Dots decal (N-311) further below.

Fiesta and Nautilus place setting Cunningham ad Nossman, Cunningham ad

Fiesta and Nautilus with tulip decal (N-259)

Cunningham, Jo (1998) Homer Laughlin China, "A Giant Among Dishes", 1873-1939: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., Aiglen, PA, p. 168.

Nossman, Darlene and Cunningham, Jo (2002) Homer Laughlin China, Guide to Shapes and Patters: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., Aiglen, PA, p. 114.

Other Nautilus decals from the black and white ad

Art Deco Leaf, to go with vintage red Blue Flower Basket, to go with vintage cobalt Shaggy Flowers, to go with vintage yellow

Art Deco Leaf (N-260), to go with vintage red

Blue Flower Basket (N-261), to go with vintage cobalt

Shaggy Flowers (N-258), to go with vintage yellow

That "other" green (far left) and more Fiesta/Nautilus combinations that I particularly like

          Most of the decorations below were used on Nautilus in 1936-37.

Flowers and Dots, to go with vintage green Fiesta Early America, with post-86 Scarlet Fiesta Platinum Bands, with post-86 Sapphire and Periwinkle

Flowers and Dots (N-311), to go with vintage green

Early America, with post-86 Scarlet

Platinum Bands (decoration number N-219?), with post-86 Sapphire and Periwinkle

Old Antique Shop Casserole with vintage Fiesta dinnerware Eggshell Nautilus America the Beautiful platter Nautilus cups and saucers, Hacienda decal, with vintage and post86 Fiesta

Nautilus Old Antique Shop Casserole (W138) with vintage and post86 Fiesta dinnerware

Eggshell Nautilus America the Beautiful platter, produced in 1943 with the HLC and American Vogue backstamps

Nautilus cups and saucers, Hacienda decal, with vintage and post86 Fiesta

Red Apple on Nautilus Red Apple on Nautilus Red Apple on Nautilus

I got the cutest placesetting of Nautilus from my Secret Santa this year (2009) - an apple and apple blossom decal from 1951. It pairs extremely well with the 50's forest Fiesta or with original green from the 1930's/ 1940's.

Nautilus Early America dishes

One more Nautilus set. The pattern is called Early America, N-306. The date stamps on these dishes indicate that they were produced in 1936 and 1939. They feature a red ring or trim on the verge and decals of travel forms available in the 1800's, sailing ships, steam boats, steam locomotives and covered wagons. The first pieces I discovered here were the teacups and saucers, ships and volcanoes. Since I'm a geologist and was reading naval fiction at the time, these were perfect! Click the photo above to see more.

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Pastel Nautilus in Four Colors, produced only in 1940.

Blue Pastel Nautilus Lidded Casserole Pink Pastel Nautilus Sugar Bowl and Creamer Turquoise Pastel Nautilus Sugar Bowl and Creamer Yellow Pastel Nautilus Sauceboat

Blue
surrounded by old Fiesta teacups

Pink
with new Fiesta and Harlequin

Green
with Serenade shakers

Yellow
on my Grandma's old placemats

Pastel Nautilus was produced in four colors, blue, pink, green and yellow, the same glazes used for HLC's longer-running Serenade line.

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Laughlin Nautilus Dishes for the Holidays, 2007

Nautilus for the Holidays, 2007

Yes, still MORE Nautilus. The date code on the back of these pieces show that they were made in 1936 (first year of commercial Nautilus production), although, with this geometric design (pattern #N216), they could easily go with more modern pieces. Here, I've paired it with black post-86 Fiesta. It also looks wonderful with a black table cloth and red Fiesta. . . And of course, at this time of year, I have to trot out the silver. I LOVE sparkly!

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Other Homer Laughlin China Lines

vintage HLC Brittany cobalt Constellation decal HLC Kitchen Kraft mixing bowls in Rhythm colors A 12.5 in. dia. HLC Ovenserve mixing bowl, pumpkin

HLC Brittany from 1937 with Constellation decal

HLC Kitchen Kraft mixing bowls in Rhythm colors

A 12.5 in. dia. HLC Ovenserve mixing bowl, pumpkin

vintage HLC Jade dinnerware (unknown decal) with vintage Fiesta serving pieces New Homer Laughlin plates.  The molded design is a dead ringer for the old Theme pattern. Reissue Harlequin placesettings

Vintage HLC Jade dinnerware (unknown decal) with vintage Fiesta serving pieces

New Homer Laughlin plates. The molded design is a dead ringer for the old Theme pattern

Reissue Harlequin placesettings

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Post-86 Fiesta Doorknob Set

Post86 Fiesta Doorknobs

Contemporary Fiesta doorknobs from the tri-State Pottery Festival, 2005,
with game rules and a little model of the ELHSSA clock building,
sitting on an old Newell platter.

On the back of the little wooden cut-out, it says:
Old Central School
An architectual marvel built in 1894
served high school students for almost three quarters of a century in East Liverpool, Ohio
till it gave way to new facilities and eventually the ELHS alumni association.
Clock Tower Building opened July 4th, 1992.
Made exclusively for ELHSAA© 1992

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