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Boughton, George Henry  Search this
Homer Laughlin China Co.  Search this
Physical Description:
ceramic (overall material)
yellow (overall color)
overall: 3 in x 3 3/4 in x 6 in; 7.62 cm x 9.525 cm x 15.24 cm
overall: 3 in x 5 7/8 in x 3 3/4 in; 7.62 cm x 14.9225 cm x 9.525 cm
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United States: West Virginia, Newell
Date made:
ca. 1938-40
Homer Laughlin China Company, who manufactured the infamous “Fiesta ware” line, began as a partnership between the two Laughlin brothers, Homer and Shakespeare, in 1873. The company sold primarily Rockingham and yellow ware then later expanded their market to make semi-vitreous dinner, hotel, and toilet wares as well as white granite products. After the Great Depression the market for inexpensive dinner wares increased, and the “Fiesta ware” line was available for purchase in 1936. Designed by Frederick Hurten Rhead, an English potter from Staffordshire, “Fiesta ware” became highly popular for their bright colors, streamlined design, and mix-and-match capabilities for the everyday household. The "ring-handled" creamer was originally a stick handle, but restyled between 1938 and 1940. It can be found in the first six colors- red, cobalt blue, light green, yellow, ivory, and turquoise.
Currently not on view
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Morrison in Memory of Charles and Bessie K. Morrison
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Cultural and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass
Data Source:
National Museum of American History