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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 "fiesta" covered sugar dishes can either be found in the fifties colors (forest green, rose, chartreuse, gray, and medium green) or the original colors of red and medium green. This covered sugar dish was made with the original red glaze.
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Object Name
Sugar Bowl and Lid
bowl, sugar
Date made
ca. 1936-43 or 1959-73
date made
Boughton, George Henry
Homer Laughlin China Co.
place made
United States: West Virginia, Newell
overall: 3 1/4 in x 3 3/4 in x 5.375 cm; 8.255 cm x 9.525 cm x 2 1/8 in
overall: 5 in x 5 3/8 in x 4 in; 12.7 cm x 13.6525 cm x 10.16 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Morrison in Memory of Charles and Bessie K. Morrison
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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