Here are some miscellaneous items (Sauce Boat, Ashtray and Sweets Comport) I put together by The Homer Laughlin China Company. On the left is a Fiesta sauce boat in green. I really love the streamlined look. The sauce boat was produced from 1937 until early in 1969.
The middle item is a Harlequin regular ashtray in yellow. It’s in perfect shape and I was happy to find it. Usually when I see a Harlequin ashtray, they have chips and have been used. I don’t think mine was ever used. Production began in 1938 and was discontinued in 1945.
The last item on the right is a sweets comport in green. People sometimes refer to this as a “compote,” but Homer Laughlin used the word “comport” on its price lists. It was made from late 1935 until late 1946.
‘Go-Alongs’ refers to items that were made by other companies to be used with the colored dinner lines by The Homer Laughlin China Company, like Fiesta, Harlequin and Riviera. Here is a picture of my decals that my sister got me years ago. The decals were made in 1945 by the American Decalcomania Company of Chicago and New York.
At the bottom is my set of new decals that are “Genuine Fiesta.” I think I got these back in the early 90s.
Also check out my Homer Laughlin Epicure pieces.
This is my 1939 World’s Fair plate by The Homer Laughlin China Company. Six pottery companies joined together and built and operated a kiln at the 1939-1940 World’s Fair in New York City as a tribute to the American Potter. They produced a variety of plates, figurines, vases and bowls. The Homer Laughlin China Company entry is the plate that I own and was designed by Fredrick Rhead. In the center of the plate is the Trylon and Perisphere that were the adopted symbols of the Fair. These plates not only appeal to Homer Laughlin collectors, but also to World’s Fair and Art Deco collectors.
I love the colors and the Art Deco look of the plate. It is also Mike’s favorite piece in my collection. I rarely see these plates and got mine on eBay about 10 years ago. Once I won the auction, I was contacted by another bidder trying to buy it from me and he was willing to pay a much higher price, but I had to keep it for myself.
One nice thing I found out about my plate is that it is very rare to have the gold stamp: “Decorated by Charles Murphy, 150th Anniversary Inauguration of George Washington as First President of the United States, 1789 – 1939.” My plate has the gold stamp.
Also check out my Homer Laughlin sauce boat, ashtray, and sweets comport.
In the late 30s, The Homer Laughlin China Company introduced some Mexican-style lines of dinnerware. They introduced Conchita, Hacienda, Max-i-cana, Mexicali, Mexicana and Ranchera. Here are some of my dishes from the Homer Laughlin Mexicana and Hacienda lines. The pie plate (standing up) is Mexicana, and is stamped “Kitchen Kraft” and is not dated. The large plate (also Mexicana) is stamped “Homer Laughlin 1939.” The two fruit bowls are Hacienda and are stamped “Homer Laughlin 1937.” Mexicana was one of Homer Laughlin’s best sellers. I don’t see too much of the Mexican-style lines any more when I go antiquing.
Also check out my Homer Laughlin Red Fiesta pieces.
Here is my Kitchen Kraft Covered Jar made by The Homer Laughlin China Company. I found this recently for a great price and it is in perfect condition. The covered jar was made in three different sizes. The largest is over 7 inches tall, the medium is over 6 inches tall and the small is over 4 inches tall. Mine has an Art Deco leaf pattern, but they also came in solid colors in red, cobalt, green and yellow. Production began in 1937 and ended in 1944. The solid colors are hard to find and are pretty expensive.
This picture shows the covered jug with a Hall pitcher. I don’t collect Hall, but I have a few pieces. The Homer Laughlin China Company bought The Hall China Company a few years ago. I have visited Homer Laughlin a couple of times and the last time I went, I also visited the Hall China Company.
Also check out my Homer Laughlin Marigold.
Riviera was introduced by The Homer Laughlin China Company in 1938. The Riviera line was pretty limited and was unmarked. It was much lighter in weight than Fiesta and Harlequin. Riviera came in yellow, light green, mauve blue and ivory. Red was temporarily stopped during the war. My yellow casserole does not have a stamp on the bottom. Riviera came from a line called Century. Century was an ivory line and was often decorated with a wide variety of decals. My Century casserole is marked with the year 1937.Also check out my Homer Laughlin Serenade.
Here are some of my Rhythm grape dishes by The Homer Laughlin China Company. I don’t know the real name of the pattern so I refer to it as “grape.” On top is my creamer and sugar bowl along with cups and saucers. The dishes are date-stamped from 1953 to 1955. I love this pattern! I got the little coffee hutch at Pier One Imports a long time ago. Mike calls it the “gerbil cage,” but I think it’s pretty cute!
Also check out my Homer Laughlin Rose pieces.
Swing was introduced by the Homer Laughlin China Company in 1938. It is also referred to as Eggshell. The Swing line was decaled or pastel-striped. Swing is very delicate hence the Eggshell name. I don’t see it very often and when I do, it usually has chips. The two pieces I own are in perfect condition. Pictured below are my teapot and casserole. Neither piece seems to have ever been used. I love the round “ear” handles on the casserole.
Check out my Homer Laughlin World’s Fair Plate.
Here are a few pieces from my Harlequin collection. Harlequin was made by the Homer Laughlin China Company. Left to right are a 22-ounce jug, an 11″ platter and a teapot with lid. The 22-ounce jug was used for milk or cream on the breakfast table and was produced from 1938 to 1959. The teapot was produced the same years. The oval platter was produced from 1936 to 1959. The Harlequin line was sold in Woolworth stores starting in 1936 and it was their best selling dish line of all time and sold for 28 years!
Also check out my other Homer Laughlin Fiesta and Harlequin pieces.
Here are some of my Fiesta oval platters from the Homer Laughlin China Company. Production began in 1936 and ended in early 1969. Pictured are my oval platters in turquoise, cobalt and yellow. I got the fork and spoon plate holder years ago at Kirkland’s.
Also check out my Homer Laughlin Fiesta plates.