Fiesta

Fiesta

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Description
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 salt and pepper shakers made by Homer Laughlin China Company did not change shape over the years and were made available in eleven colors.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Salt or Pepper Shaker
shaker, salt or pepper
Date made
ca. 1937-69
user
Boughton, George Henry
maker
Homer Laughlin China Co.
place made
United States: West Virginia, Newell
Physical Description
ceramic; earthenware (overall material)
turquoise (overall color)
Measurements
overall: 2.5 cm x 2.375 cm; 31/32 in x 15/16 in
overall: 2 1/2 in x 2 3/8 in; 6.35 cm x 6.0325 cm
ID Number
1999.0136.08A
accession number
1999.0136
catalog number
1999.0136.08A
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Morrison in Memory of Charles and Bessie K. Morrison
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Cultural and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass
Domestic Furnishings
Art
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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