Specialty Salad Bowls
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The Homer Laughlin China Company made specialty salad bowls from the early 1900s until the mid-1960s. The earlier examples were made using bowls from existing lines and giving them luster trims with various decals. These include, but not limited to, pieces from Hudson, The Angelus, Niagara, Empress, and the square Newport bowls.


The Angelus

Specialty salad nappies with bowls picked from standard dinnerware shapes.

While the company would continue to pick up nappies from dinnerware lines, namely Empress, Virginia Rose, Brittany, and others, they also made special bowls independent of the dinnerware shapes. These were always sold as salad bowls and never mixed in with any of the dinnerware lines. Such bowls are often called specialty salad bowls or specialty salad nappies.

The specialty salad nappies were often decorated with jet spray trims, also called "wash" or "fade away" trims. The intent was to highlight the embossing along the edge. Such spray trims replaced the older luster trims used from circa 1910 to 1932. Some decals were specifically made for the salad nappies while others were "scrap prints" or leftovers from other lines. As a result, there are dozens of different treatments on the specialty salad nappies.

The two most common bowls are the fluted swirl Pennsylvania shape, and the oak leaf New York shape. They were made for over thirty years and are very easy to find.

For the specialty stencil salad bowls, see this page.

Pennsylvania Shape Salad Bowls
Dated 1934 to 1960 with various decals, spray trims, and gold stamps.

New York Shape Salad Bowls
Dated 1934 to 1960 with various decals, spray trims, and gold stamps.

Other Salad Bowls

Fluted Shape, dated 1929

Fluted Shape, dated 1929

Swirl Shape, dated 1931

Tulip shape, dated 1931

Tulip Shape, dated 1931

Many other potteries made their own versions of speicalty salad nappies.
This particular example was made by Crown Potteries in the 1940s.

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