“Homer Laughlin China Guide to Shapes and Patterns” and “Homer Laughlin Decades of Dinnerware” are two books used to identify Homer Laughlin china patterns. Replacements.com includes a list of some Homer Laughlin china patterns and offers a pattern identification service. The service includes tips for identifying patterns and an option to upload photos of individual china pieces for proper identification.
The shape and treatment of Homer Laughlin china are its identifiers. Treatment is the pattern, glaze color and decoration of dishes. Decoration numbers include a one or two letter code followed by one to five numbers. The letters stand for the dish shape name or a customer’s name. The number following the letter code stands for the treatment.
Founded in 1871 by Shakespeare and Homer Laughlin, Ohio-based Homer Laughlin China is still producing dishes. The company has produced over 20,000 different decorations, as of 2015. One of their best known products is the Fiesta line of dishes. A small portion of all dishes produced by the company includes the treatment name with a potter’s mark on back. Some china sets include a decoration number on one dish in the collection. The name and number of treatments for most Homer Laughlin China is unknown.