Newell by Homer Laughlin
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Named after the town in West Virginia where five of the Homer Laughlin plants are located, Newell was the first line of dinnerware Frederick Rhead designed. It was offered to the public in 1928 and would last into the mid-1930s. Shapes with the edges decorated with ornamental reeding were becoming popular with other potteries in the late 1920s and Newell was HLC's first such line. Two more would soon follow based on Newell: Trellis and Old Roman. Both lines used many of the flat pieces from Newell with the addition of embossed patterns along the rim. Newell is much easier to find than these spin-off lines. It should be mentioned that the Newell and Liberty shapes have very little in common. Liberty was another "rope border" shape first offered by HLC in 1942. Each has distinct shapes and the treatments used come from different eras. Still, some tend to confuse the two lines.

Newell isn't that difficult to find so it must have been a very good seller in its day. Flatware such as plates and platters are especially easy to collect. The cake plate and pickle may be a little more difficult to locate. Sugars, creamers, and sauceboats are much easier to find than larger hollowware such as the casserole, jugs, and teapot. Cream soups with liners, egg cups, demitasse creamer and demitasse sugar can be challenging as well.

Newell is almost always found in either white, green, or a light yellow glaze with decals or colorful trim, but once in a while undecorated blanks show up. The majority of decals used on Newell are highly stylized, vibrant floral treatments and were used on many other shapes. Most pieces are marked with a general HLC backstamp.

Sauceboat and liner with N-2023

Cream soup and liner with N-2023

Newell casserole, pattern N-2528

Casserole interior, N-2528

Newell covered sugars. In the center is pattern DB-1 (same as N-2528) and the poppy pattern to the right is N-3028

Sugar and creamer with N-3143 (platinum version is N-3943)

Newell creamers
Demitasse sugars and creamers. The demi sugars, creamers, and double eggcups were also used with the Trellis shape.

Newell and Trellis double egg cups

Newell casserole, N-2423

Newell casserole, specialty pattern

Newell teapot with pattern N-3528 and the "tall" jug, made for only a few months before being restyled.
Designer Frederick Rhead did not like the tall jug and noted in his journals that it reminded him of a "mouth ewer" from a toilet set.

Three of the five sizes of standard jugs found in Newell. This is the style that replaced the earlier tall jug.

Newell 15" platter with poppy and luster trim

Newell 9 ¼" and 7 ¼" bakers

Newell gravy fast stand

N-5202 Gravy

Newell 36s oyster bowl and a fruit cup

Newell demitasse cups and saucers

Newell cake plate

Rosewood decal on Newell

Newell shape 10" plates

Homer Laughlin's Newell shape dinnerware advertisements from 1929: Hawthorn and Poppy patterns.

A selection of Newell shop samples from the collection of the FiestaŽ Tableware Company (formerly HLCCo.)

Hand-painted designs on Newell 9-inch plates with notes and dates on the backs.

  1. Coffee cup and saucer
  2. Covered Sugar
  3. Covered Casserole
  4. Creamer
  5. Teacup and saucer
  6. 36s Bowl
  7. Teapot
  8. Sauceboat
  9. Demitasse Cup and saucer
  10. Nappy
  11. Platter
  12. Pickle/Sauceboat liner
  13. Bouillon Cup and saucer
  14. Cake Plate
  15. Covered Butter
  16. 9" Plate
  17. Coupe Soup
  18. Fruit Cup
  19. Gravy Faststand
  20. 24s Jug
  21. Sauceboat and liner
  22. Oatmeal

Assortment of Items:
  • 7 1/2" Baker
  • 7 3/4" Baker
  • 8 3/4" Baker
  • 9 3/4" Baker
  • 30s Bowl
  • 36s Bowl
  • 30s Oyster Bowl
  • 36s Oyster Bowl
  • Covered Butter
  • Individual butter
  • 10 3/4" Cake Plate
  • Casserole
  • Coffee Cup
  • Coffee Saucer
  • Demitasse Cup
  • Demitasse Saucer
  • Creamer
  • Ind. Creamer
  • 8 3/8" Platter
  • 9 1/4" Platter
  • 10 1/2" Platter
  • 11 1/2" Platter
  • 12 1/2" Platter
  • 13 1/4" Platter
  • 15 1/4" Platter
  • 17 1/4" Platter
  • 5" Fruit cup
  • 5 1/2" Fruit Cup
  • Bouillon Cup and saucer
  • 24s Jug, 2 1/2 pts.
  • 30s Jug, 1 7/8 pts.
  • 36s Jug, 1 1/8 pts.
  • 42s Jug, 1 pt.
  • 48s Jug, 5/8 pt.
  • 6 1/4" Nappy
  • 7 1/4" Nappy
  • 8 1/4" Nappy
  • 9 1/8" Nappy
  • 30s Oatmeal
  • 36s Oatmeal
  • 9" Pickle
  • 6 1/4" Plate
  • 7 1/4" Plate
  • 8 1/2" Plate
  • 9 1/2" Plate
  • 10" Plate
  • 9" Deep Plate
  • 7 1/4" Coupe Soup
  • 8" Coupe Soup
  • Relish
  • Sauceboat
  • Gravy Faststand
  • Sugar
  • Ind. Sugar
  • Teacup
  • Saucer
  • Teapot

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