Homer Laughlin Virginia Rose Dinnerware
Homer Laughlin Virginia Rose Dinnerware is rose embossed dinner ware made en mass by Homer Laughlin. Although worth little in monetary terms, it is attractive, while a great variety of examples ensure its collectedness.
Homer and Shakespeare Laughlin were two brothers who set up the Homer Laughlin Pottery factory in East Liverpool, Ohio in 1871. It was initially known as Ohio Valley Pottery. Shakespeare quit the business to pursue other interests in 1877.
Later, in 1897 Homer Laughlin also sold his shares in the company to the new owners, W. E. Wells, Louis I. Aaron, and Aaron's sons, Marcus and Charles I. Aaron. Homer then relocated to Los Angeles but remained a corporate board member for several years. Although Homer sold his shares, the factory continued to function under the name, Homer Laughlin China Company which continues to this date.
Today, the Wells family owns and operates the Homer Laughlin China Company. The new owners expanded their production capacity rapidly to open three new factories in East Liverpool by 1903. The fourth plant was opened in 1907 in Newell, followed by the fifth plant in 1914. The next two plants were built in 1923, followed by the eighth plant in 1929, which was set up to make products for Woolworths alone. However, all the production facilities in Ohio were closed down during 1929.
The 105 year old partnership between the Wells and Aaron families ended during 2002, when the Wells family purchased the shares of the Aarons. The two families had worked as partners for over four generations.
In June 2002, Joe Wells, the Executive Vice President and General Manager, was elected as the new President of Homer Laughlin Company
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Homer Laughlin Virginia Rose dinnerware
Homer Laughlin's Virginia Rose line boasts a variety of pieces, including tureens, plates, bowls, soup services, side plates and cups. The line consisted of over 40 different pieces. Examples are decorated with embossed roses on the rims and bud-like finals. The line was made using dozens of decal treatments and several different trims. The most common include VR128-“Fluffy Rose” and JJ59-“Moss Rose”.
Homer Laughlin Virginia Rose dinnerware was produced between 1933 and 1966.
Virtually all items are marked with an HLC-Virginia Rose backstamp with date code. It is very rare for Homer Laughlin Virginia Rose ware to be unmarked and collectors should be ware that the majority of items advertised as such are fakes.
Virginia Rose patterns
- Fluffy Rose
- Moss Rose
- Red Beauty
- Pink Floral
- Orange Floral
- Pink and Lilac Floral
- Orange Rose
- Silver Scrolls
- Ornate Treatment
- Medieval Rose
- Little Louise
- Garden Ring
- Wild Rose
- Spring Wreath
- Meadow Goldenrod
The Homer Laughlin Virginia Rose dinnerware stamp reads: "[Signature]/Homer Laughlin (the base of the L should underline the word Laughlin)/Virginia Rose/Made in U.S.A."
Following "Made in U.S.A", a short series of letters and number should be discernible. The first 2 numbers within the first 2 letters will tell you what year the piece was made, eg. "A50N8" informs a collector that their soup cup/oatmeal bowl/plate was made in 1950.
Any damage should be reflected in the asking price. Homer Laughlin Virginia Rose dinnerware showing evidence of chips or cracks is worth little or nothing to serious collectors.
Virginia Rose dinnerware is fairly common and bargains can still be found.
Virginia Rose piece list
- Baker, (Oval Vegetable Bowl), 8"
- Baker, (Oval Vegetable Bowl), 9"
- Baker, (Oval Vegetable Bowl), 10"
- Bowl 36s" Deep Bowl; also know as Cranberry Bowl
- Bread Plate
- Cake Plate
- Casserole,Covered Dish
- Covered Butter, (Jade)
- Dish (Platter), 10 1/2"
- Dish (Platter), 11 1/2"
- Dish (Platter), 13"
- Dish (Platter), 15 1/2"
- Double Egg Cup (Cable)
- Fruit Bowl (app. 5 1/4" x 1 1/4")
- Nappy (Round Vegetable Bowl), 7"
- Nappy (Round Vegetable Bowl), 8"
- Nappy (Round Vegetable Bowl), 9"
- Nappy (Round Vegetable Bowl), 10"
- Oatmeal, (6" x 1 1/2")
- Bread/ButterPlate, 6"
- Salad Plate, 7"
- Salad Plate, 8" (breaksfast plate)
- Luncheon Plate, 9"
- Dinner Plate, 10"
- Soup Bowl, flat rim
- Coupe Soup
- Cream Soup
- Cream Soup Saucer
- Onion Soup (Lug)(Closed handles)
- Picke/Sauce Boat Stand
- Gravy and/or Sauce Boat
- Fast Stand Sauce Boat (one piece)
- Tea Saucer
- Cup, AD
- Saucer, AD
- Coffee Mug
- Sugar, Covered
- Shakers (Swing)
- Jug, 5" (Milk)
- Jug, 7 1/2" (Water)
- Jug, Covered, 5" (Syrup)
- Jug, Covered, 7 1/2" (Batter)
- Jug and/or Serving Pitcher, 12"
A complete set of Virginia Rose "Dogwood" dinnerware brought $55 at Auctions Neapolitan in January 2005.
Individual pieces can still be found for a dollar or two.