To identify a Homer Laughlin china pattern, check whether a pattern name or number appears on the back of any of the china pieces as part of the potter?s mark. The pattern or decoration number usually contains one or two letters followed by one to five digits. If these features are not present, compare the pattern to photos of known Homer Laughlin china patterns or treatments.Continue Reading
The Homer Laughlin China Collectors Association recommends two books for use in identifying china patterns: ?Homer Laughlin China Guide to Shapes and Patterns? by Jo Cunningham and Darlene Nossaman and ?Homer Laughlin Decades of Dinnerware? by Bob Page, Dale Frederiksen and Dean Six. The second book has a wider database of Homer Laughlin china patterns and their photos. These books are available in many libraries.
Replacements, Ltd. has an online list of Homer Laughlin Company pattern names, some of which are accompanied by a photo and a pattern number. Both Replacements, Ltd. and the HLCCA also offer assistance in identifying china patterns to customers and suppliers. Requests for pattern identification must be accompanied by photographs of the china.
There are over 20,000 different Homer Laughlin china decorations, but a large number of pattern names and numbers remains unknown, according to the HLCCA. Only a small percentage of this china bears a pattern name, and sometimes, the decoration number only appears on one piece in a set, usually a casserole lid, oval bowl or creamer.Learn more about Antiques
Homer Laughlin Eggshell Nautilus is a vintage line of dinnerware first made in 1937 and discontinued in the 1950s. Eggshell referred to the type of glaze used on the china, which would not be subject to fine cracks over time.Full Answer >
TIAS.com, Ruby Lane and Replacements.com are some of the places where a buyer can view, browse and buy old Homer Laughlin patterns as of 2015. These sites feature a wide range of vintage china and dinnerware.Full Answer >
Homer Laughlin is not based in China. According to the company's website, Homer it is a privately held company whose headquarters are located in Newell, West Virginia.Full Answer >
The value of Homer Laughlin pottery and dishes, commonly known as Fiestaware, is affected by rarity and condition. Because the dinnerware was manufactured in a wide spectrum of colors, with some colors discontinued and subsequently brought back over a 100-year period, color is a key factor affecting value. Another factor is whether rare pieces, like serving platters and bowls, have chips or cracks.Full Answer >