Dating homer laughlin dinnerware
Fiesta was introduced in 1936 by the Homer Laughlin Pottery Company, discontinued in 1972, and went back into production in 1986.
It was casual and inexpensive tableware whose colors could be mixed and matched, exuding a sunny, California sensibility even though its Art Deco aesthetic was the brainchild of an Englishman, Frederick Hurten Rhead, and the company was based in Newell, West Virginia.
The Homer Laughlin China Company opened in 1871 and remains active today. Replacements, LTD has a lot of pieces listed but the same here - insert your pattern name to see actual sale prices (if pieces are available).
During the long history of the company many patterns were designed and sold.
The key pattern to recognize on a piece of Fiesta is a band of concentric rings graduating in width.Lined with bands of graduating rims and dipped in bright straightforward colors and angled handles.Eventually Harlequin would be introduced in all of the Fiesta colors except ivory and deep cobalt blue.The second wave of colors added were red (Fiesta orange) and called "Tangerine" by HLCo, rose, turquoise and light green.
In the 50s Grey, Chartreuse and Forest Green were added, and then in 1959 the colors were reduced to four: Red (orange), Turquoise, Yellow and Medium Green (just like Fiesta). The great art deco designer Fredrick Rhead not only designed Fiestaware, but Harlequin as well.
Luckily they backstamped the reissues and only made plates, cups, and soup bowls.