Vintage 1940s Homer Laughlin Nautilus Platter - Rare Sea Green Spray Rim and Center Floral Design B40N8
The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. Jacques Cousteau
Started by two brothers in East Liverpool, Ohio in the 1870s, Homer Laughlin has remained one of the most iconic dish makers in American history. Producers of a zillion different patterns from plain to decadent, it is probably safe to say that they have made at least one dish pattern to suit each and every person's particular taste over the past 150 years. A marvel in and of itself! As a company that manufactured both timeless and trendy designs, decade by decade, they had the ability to navigate through three centuries while still remaining relevant and sought after in the marketplace.
In the 1930s, Homer Laughlin introduced their Nautilus dishware shape which featured a unique decorative rim that contained embossed detailing in the form of swirls and fan shapes. Made to complement a variety of different patterns, this Nautilus shape was a stylish choice, creating a bevy of interesting dishware aesthetics when paired with different china patterns.
In 1940, this platter was made in H.L.'s Newell, West Virginia plant and was one of the most colorful patterns yet. Containing the stylish Nautilus shape it featured a brightly colored spray rim (like airbrushing) and a floral bouquet that contained just about every shade of bright and chipper Kitchen colors. The word nautilus refers to sea creatures - shells and deep-sea swimmers and sailors. Indeed, in keeping with that theme, the color green of this rim is not quite aqua, not quite turquoise, but something more like the deep green of the Mediterranean Sea. It's a beauty of a color that lends itself to beach houses, light and airy kitchens, and colorful garden cottages. A very rare, hard-to-find pattern, this one is a true beauty in all its colorful joy!
- Very rare hard-to-find Homer Laughlin pattern
- Nautilus design
- Stamped on back with maker's mark and manufacturing dates
- Colors include lime, pink, better yellow, lemon yellow, orange, periwinkle, spring green and sea green
In gorgeous condition. No chips or cracks. Clear, bright and crisp imagery. There is some minor rubbing of the color around the rim in a few areas.
Measures 11.75" inches (length) x 9" inches (width) and weighs 1.9lbs
So full of cottage charm, this platter looks gorgeous as a statement piece when paired with simple, bright, all-white dishes and serving pieces.