Ravenna by Homer Laughlin
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Ravenna was first developed on August 27, 1931. Rhead wronte in his journal: Worked on Rose 7" plate, Ravenna. He continued to model this plate - which actually measured 9" since Rhead used trade sizes in his notes - along with a smaller plate until August 31st. At the time, work in the art department was proceeding slowly with the Jade shape and for the month of September, sketches for both Jade and Ravenna were being made in reviewed. In October, there was little activity with Ravenna. The only piece Rhead even mentions was a 9" nappy since work was focused on Jade and the Apple Tree bowls. However, on November 2, 1931, J. M. Wells approved the Ravenna shape and ordered the line to be expanded. For the rest of November, Ravenna pieces were modeled and decaled samples of flatware were being made to be shown to various buyers.

The Ravenna teacup, saucer, 7" plate, oatmeal bowl, and fruit cup were selected as a special breakfast set for Quaker Oats. Such pieces are often marked with the "Ravenna" backstamp. Other potteries shared in production of the Quaker Oats/Ravenna line.

The standard Ravenna line was often marked with the regular Homer Laughlin backstamp.

Ravenna is often confused with the Orleans shape.

Ravenna Examples

Ravenna 9" plate

Ravenna 9" plate, RV-5

Ravenna 9" plate with pattern RV-1043 and a 7" plate with the "Ansonia" pattern.

Ravenna open sugar and creamer with RV-1043. Ravenna covered sugars are very hard to find.

Ravenna open sugar with RV-41.

Ravenna gravy with poppies decal.

Pattern RV-33 on an oval baker.

Ravenna platter.

Pattern RV-1243 on an oval baker.

Ravenna plate with pink flowers. This decal was also used on Wells.

Ravenna plates with Quaker Oats pattern.

Ravenna plate, undecorated blank.

Ravenna cup and saucer with poppies.

Ravenna cup and saucer with RV-41.

Small Ravenna 7" plate.

Small Ravenna 7" plate.

Ravenna with Blue Willow decals
Photo courtesy Richard G. Racheter.

Ravenna shop sample plates with their treatment numbers.
From the collection of the Fiesta® Tableware Company (formerly HLCCo.)
Note: the last four Ravenna patterns in this table probably did not go into production.

Assortment of Items for Ravenna:
  • 10" Plate
  • 9" Plate
  • 8" Plate
  • 7" Plate
  • 6" Plate
  • Teacup
  • Saucer
  • Sugar (sold as both open and covered sugars)
  • Creamer
  • Sauceboat
  • Rim Soup
  • 15" Platter
  • 13" Platter
  • 11" Platter
  • Pickle
  • Fruit Cup
  • Oatmeal
  • 36s bowl
  • Nappy
  • Baker

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