and Suzanne for Vintage Thingy Thursday
This week we have moved on to the letter H
I have chosen to share with you some Homer Laughlin Harlequin China
After the popularity of Fiesta, F. W. Woolworth, the nation-wide dime-store chain wanted an inexpensive china they could offer in their stores. Harlequin dishes were then produced by The Homer Laughlin China Company exclusively for F. W. Woolworth stores. Originally Harlequin was produced from 1936 until 1964. Harlequin dinnerware were later put back into production from 1979 until 1982. Harlequin was Woolworth's top selling dinnerware of all time.
The original 1930's Harlequin colors were Mauve Blue, Yellow, Spruce Green, and Maroon. In the 1940's Light Green, Turquoise, and Red Rose were added. The 1950's brought Chartreuse, Medium Green, Gray, and Forest Green to the collection.
If you are a novice collector, it is easy to confuse the two lines. But, if you know where to look, there are distinctive design differences. Unlike Fiesta, with its round curves and concentric circles, Harlequin is angular in shape. Notice the handle on the above creamer.
I have found most of these items at thrift stores. I 'think' the plates are also Harlequin but I am not sure. The plates were bought in an antique mall in Myrtle Beach, SC 10 years ago. I fell in love with the color and the shape. Since then I have found these teacups, saucers and two creamers.
Check out the prices in this old ad for Harlequin
On the way to Texas I made a little pit stop and well it just happened to be at this Antique Mall...what can I say? It was just a lucky coincidence ummm Really it was...really. I didn't have much time so did a quick pass through and saw lots of nice things but priced to high for this thrifty girl's purse. I then saw this item...the price was low because of the poor condition, but I still fell in love with it.
Again not much information on this piece, but it looks like it might be Harlequin. At any rate I love the color and the shape.
I love the detail of this edge
and the knob on the top...as you can see I did not have a chance to clean this up before taking photos. I wanted to include it in this post. So this is my H post for Homer Laughlin and the Harlequin pattern.
Always a Texan,