In the fall of 1955 a special line of buffet ware was created for Jack Kleinman, a distributor of silverware, glassware, and giftware out of New York. The new shape, Kenilworth, was made in the same oven proof body as Epicure. Four glazes were used: white and pink from Epicure and black and turquoise from Charm House. Most of the Kenilworth pieces were made with brass fittings which served as decorative accents to the bases and lids of hollowware.
In 1957, four items were added to the Kenilworth line: coffee server, sugar, creamer, and an ice bucket. Pieces were picked up from other lines as needed such as Epicure and Charm House. Some Kenilworth orders include the fluted ashtray.
|The Standard Kenilworth Assortment
- Coffee Bottle
- Casserole base
- Covered casserole, 10 ¾"
- Small covered casserole
- Oval platter
- Round tray
- Salad bowl, 10 ⅜" x 3 ½"
- Shrimp bowl, 11 ⅜" x 2 ⅞"
- Coffee Server
- Ice bucket
Kenilworth is usually found undecorated, however, there are two instances where it received decals. The first is casino "Chips" pattern, HLS-292 which has been found on every piece of Kenilworth. Chips was made for Jack Kleinman. The second is the turkey decal with gold edge line, treatment number HLS-128. The turkey was used on the platters only which were sold to the Colonial China Company of Laurel, Maryland in 1958.
There are at least three different backstamps found on Kenilworth: the coat of arms mark, the simple "Kenilworth USA" backstamp, and a "Made In USA" mark. None of the markings mention Homer Laughlin.
The hexagonal Lazy Susan set was not made by Homer Laughlin, but rather California Originals. It was made up of six compartments with a center covered dish. The sets were glazed in mixed colors of turquoise, yellow, pink, and white. They are often found with an impressed Kenilworth script marking.