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Homer Laughlin China, Shakespeare 1885 China Replacement

Homer Laughlin China, Shakespeare 1885 replacement china, discontinued pattern made in Newell, West Virginia, USA.

1985 shakespeare ad  Shakespeare 1885 - The Shakespeare shape was in all probability named for Homer Laughlin's younger brother who died in 1881. Mr. A Brocoff, decorator employed by the Homer Laughlin China Company, decorated most of the Shakespeare pieces.

An ad that appeared for the Shakespeare shape in the August 2, 1885 issue of Crockery and Glass Journal states: "Stocked in plain white and decorated ware. Homer Laughlin being the only white ware manufacturer in East Liverpool owning a railroad siding at my works and have special facilities for safely packing full car loads in bulk which saves the usual cost of package to my wholesale customers. Catalogs, discounts, etc. furnished applicants."

Known pieces made in the Shakespeare shape
  • Teapot
  • A.D. Cup
  • A.D. Saucer
  • Covered Casserole
  • Coffee cup w/Saucer
  • Creamer
  • Sugar Bowl w/Lid
  • Jug (two sizes)
  • Gravy Boat
  • Sauce tureen and liner
  • Pickle / Relish dish
  • Plates (three sizes)
  • Fruit bowl
  • Teacup w/Saucer
  • Coffee cup w/Saucer