Vintage 1960s Royal Maytime Berry Bowls by Homer Laughlin and Royal Stetson - 8 Available
A simple, dignified pattern...durable and handsome... (from a 1960s ad campaign for AD Washing Detergent featuring Maytime dish add-ins)
Can two potteries share one pattern line? You bet! This is the interesting situation that belongs to the Royal Maytime pattern, a pale aqua and grey floral line of dishes that's an equally lovely design for both winter and summer. Made by Homer Laughlin and Royal Stetson during the 1960s, these two potteries shared in the making of the pieces and the pattern.
Royal Stetson, founded in 1946, was not a maker of the actual dishware - they purchased blanks from other potteries and then added their own decals to the dishes before sending them out the door for sale with their RS stamp on back. Homer Laughlin, founded in 1873, made dishes and designed patterns, so it is understandable how a copasetic relationship between the two potteries developed. One had designs, one had blanks, and the two met in the middle with the shared Maytime pattern.
Whether the dishes were stamped on back with the Homer Laughlin mark or the Royal Stetson mark (see photos) the unifying factor between all the dishes was that they were all marked with the Royal Maytime pattern name.
The fun in sharing didn't stop at the maker's production process either. The Maytime pattern could be found in giveaways tucked inside packages of domestic products like detergent, cereal and other household staples one cup or one saucer or one bowl at a time. This was a unique way to cross-promote products for companies while building up a complete dishware set for home cooks. Sharing is fun in more ways than one!
This batch of eight-berry bowls, also known as fruit or dessert dishes carries the Royal Stetson mark on six of the dishes and the Homer Laughlin mark on two, making this set especially fun for collectors.
If you are unfamiliar with the petite size and shape of a vintage berry bowl, we can't speak more highly of their usefulness in today's kitchens. Ideal for serving ice cream, yogurt, puddings, side dishes and salads they are great for individual portions but they also moonlight perfectly as prep bowls for cooking, saucers for teacups, snack bowls for parties, and garnish servers for the table. There even ideally sized for cat food dishes because even kitty likes a little daily vintage joy.
- Eight matching bowls available, each sold separately
- Colors include aqua and grey
- Each dish is stamped with pattern name and manufacturers mark
In wonderful vintage condition. These bowls contain no cracks or chips. Lovely light crazing adds authentic vintage charm.
Each bowl measures 5.25" inches (diameter) x 1.25" inches (height)