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.
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.
I was making our favorite tacos the other night when I decided I really wanted some sweet corn with them (along with some easy jazzed-up refried beans). I found a bag of the best sweet corn (from My Dad’s Sweet Corn in Tipton, Indiana) in the freezer and made this great Fiesta corn side dish. If you’re not lucky enough to have My Dad’s Sweet Corn, canned will do, but trust me… it’s not the same (but still good)!
Every summer I put up a huge batch of local fresh sweet corn for the winter. It takes a bit of work, but it is so worth it in the dead of winter specially for this Fiesta corn. Nothing beats being able to have (almost) fresh corn when there’s a few feet of snow on the ground!
Serve this with my beef and bean burritos.
One of my favorite corn dishes of all time.
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- ¾ cup red bell pepper diced
- ¾ cup green bell pepper diced
- 2 cups sweet corn frozen , thawed (or 1 can sweet corn)
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro chopped (parsley also works just fine)
Heat the oil in a medium pan over medium-high heat.
Add the peppers and saute until just softened.
Add the corn, chili powder, and salt. Stir. Heat through.
Remove from heat and stir in the cilantro.
Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 152mg | Potassium: 281mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1261IU | Vitamin C: 62mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional values are approximate.
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.
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.
In the picture on the left are some of my Fiesta fruit bowls that measure 4 3/4 inches across. They were first produced by the Homer Laughlin China Company in 1935 and ended in 1960. The fruit bowls on the right measure 5 1/2 inches across and were produced in 1937 through 1959. They are sometimes referred to as “oatmeal” bowls. In the middle are my Fiesta Deep Plates also known as a soup plate or rimmed soup. Production began in 1936 and ended in 1969.
Also checkout my Homer Laughlin Fiesta coffee pot.
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.
The Marigold shape by the Homer Laughlin China Company is a difficult shape to find. It is a challenge to collectors. Imagine my glee when I found a few pieces! The Pattern is Temp Mari 204 and consists of bright red scallops with a black dot. All of my pieces are stamped with the year 1945 except for the gravy boat which is stamped 1934. I purchased these pieces years ago and have not seen any since in this pattern. Pictured are my sugar and creamer, platter and gravy boat. I love how the handles look almost Grecian and the pattern looks oriental.
Also see my Homer Laughlin Mexicana and Hacienda pieces.
Homer Laughlin Rhythm is one of my favorite shapes. It was made from 1950-1960. The shape is very simple and would work in any kitchen today. It came in five solid colors: yellow, chartreuse, gray, forest green and burgundy. Most collectors refer to the burgundy as “maroon.” Some Rhythm lines had decals like the Rhythm Rose and American Provincial that I posted previously.
Pictured are plates, saucers, fruit bowls, cups, a gravy boat and a teapot.
Also check out my Homer Laughlin Rhythm American Provincial pieces.