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Vintage Homer Laughlin Ashtrays | Fiesta, Harlequin and World's Fair American Potter | Circa 1936-1973

Homer Laughlin's many pottery lines gave them ample shapes and colors to choose from and the variety of ashtrays produced during this smoking era give collectors a delightful array of novel items to collect, regardless of our smoking habits these days. For the Fiesta line, two variations can be found, those with early outside bottom rings and the later version with the rings removed to make way for the GENUINE stamp and expediated labor without having to etch in those extra bottom rings, one by one on the jiggering machine.

The Harlequin line offered an abundant ashtray selection including a basketweave, a plain, and an elusive cup and saucer version. HLCo didn't disappoint during the New York Worlds Fair when it included a decorative group of seasons ashtrays that are so beautiful it's hard to imagine they were meant for such a purpose.

Vintage Fiesta Pottery Ashtrays- Early Variations
Vintage Fiesta Pottery Early Variation Ashtray in Original Turquoise for Sale

Vintage Fiesta Pottery Ashtray in Original Turquoise Glaze »

Circa 1937-1939: Early Version Outside Bottom Rings It's hard to find the turquoise version of the early variety Fiesta ashtray since the glaze color wasn't developed until later in 1937.

For Sale: $135

Vintage Fiesta Pottery Early Variation Ashtray in Original Ivory for Sale

Vintage Fiesta Pottery Early Version Ashtray in Original Ivory Glaze »

Circa 1936-1939: Early Version Outside Bottom Rings— Early "old ivory" was already in use at Homer Laughlin before the fiesta line was released and it's a pleasure to see the masterful old ivory vellum glaze on the early pottery pieces.

For Sale: $135

Vintage Fiesta Pottery Early Variation Ashtray in Original Cobalt Blue Glaze

Vintage Fiesta Pottery Early Version Ashtray in Original Cobalt Blue »

Circa 1936-1939: Early Version Outside Bottom Rings— This is an example of a piece from the early period, before the "Genuine Fiesta" stamp was designed.

For Sale: $90

Vintage Fiesta Pottery Ashtrays- Marked Versions
Vintage Fiesta Pottery  Early Variation Ashtray in Original Turquoise for Sale

Vintage Fiesta Pottery Ashtray in Original Red Marked Version »

Circa 1940-1943 & 1959-1969: The Red Fiesta glaze would have to be discontinued in 1943 (the first vintage color dropped, even at the height of the Vintage Fiesta lines popularity) because the uranium needed for the glaze formula was restricted for government use. Red was later reintroduced with the release of medium green near the end of 1959.

For Sale: $110

Vintage Fiesta Pottery Ashtray in Original Ivory Glaze for Sale

Vintage Fiesta Pottery Ashtray in Original Ivory »

Circa 1940-1951: The vintage Fiesta ashtray was part of the original line, released in 1936. This is an example from the 1940 version forward, after the outside bottom rings were removed to add the copyrighted "GENUINE fiesta" glaze stamp. In excellent condition, with no signs of use and no damage, the creamy vellum Vintage Fiesta ivory glaze is wonderful to find in nice, clean, unused condition like this. Guaranteed to please.

For Sale: $110

Cobalt Vintage Fiestaware Ashtray

Vintage Fiesta Ashtray in Original Cobalt Glaze »

Circa 1940-1951: Vintage smokers will rejoice when they get to use Fiesta for their smoking pleasure. This example in cobalt is marked with the "GENUINE fiesta HCLo USA" backstamp.

For Sale: $65

Vintage Fiestaware Rose Ashtray: Fiesta Dinnerware 30s 40s 50s 60s For Sale

Vintage Fiesta Ashtray in Original 50s Rose Glaze »

Circa 1951 to 1959: Vintage smokers will rejoice when they get to use Fiesta for their smoking pleasure. The vintage fiesta ashtray only piece of the vintage fiesta line where the decorative bands of concentric rings are broken, in this case by the three shallow wells around the rim. This example in 50s rose is marked with the "GENUINE fiesta HCLo USA" backstamp and is excellent, unused condition.

For Sale: $110

Rose Harlequin Vintage 22 ounce Milk Pitcher Jug: Pottery for Sale

Vintage Fiesta Ashtray in Original 50s Forest Green Glaze »

Circa 1951 to 1959: Vintage smokers will rejoice when they get to use Fiesta for their smoking pleasure. This example in 50s forest green is marked with the "GENUINE fiesta HCLo USA" backstamp.

For Sale: $110

Rose Harlequin Vintage 22 ounce Milk Pitcher Jug: Pottery for Sale

Vintage Fiesta Ashtray in Original 50s Gray Glaze »

Circa 1951-1959: Vintage smokers will rejoice when they get to use Fiesta for their smoking pleasure. This example in 50s forest green is marked with the "GENUINE fiesta HCLo USA" backstamp.

For Sale: $110

Vintage Fiestaware Rose Ashtray: Fiesta Dinnerware 30s 40s 50s 60s For Sale

Vintage Fiesta Ashtray in Original 50s Chartreuse Glaze »

Circa 1951-1959: The Vintage Fiesta ashtray was one of the original pieces designed in the mid 30s for the launch of the Fiesta pottery line, and remained in production even through the end of Fiesta Ironstone's run in 1973. Obviously smoking was important around the vintage table, but even if you are not a smoker and have no intention of using the now valuable and collectable vintage Fiesta ashtray, it is still a shape in which we can delight, with its endless bands of concentric rings.

For Sale: $125

Vintage Fiesta Ashtray in Sheffield Amberstone dark brown

Vintage Fiesta Ironstone Ashtray in Sheffield Amberstone Dark Brown Glaze »

Circa 1967-1969: Ashtray— Fiesta collectors will appreciate the original lines shapes being carried over for use in other promotions with other sets of glazes applied. The Sheffied Amberstone grocery store premiums are a unique diversion and the ashtray carries over all the same, great characteristics from the shape as found in the original fiesta colors. Bands of concentric rings around the inside bottom and wide, generous upper rim show nicely in the rich chocolate colored glaze from the amberstone line.

For Sale: $145

Vintage Harlequin Ashtrays
 Vintage Harlequin Basketweave Ashtray in Turquoise: Harlequin Dinnerware 30s 40s American Solid Color Dinnerware For Sale

Vintage Harlequin Basketweave Ashtray in Original Turquoise »

Circa 1942-1959: Unlike most other items in the fiesta line, Harlequin had three different ashtray versions. The basketweave version was modeled after the Japanese Marutomo ware ashtray without the floral decoration.

For Sale: $110

Harlequin Pottery Basketweave Ashtray in Original Yellow Glaze

Vintage Harlequin Basketweave Ashtray in Original Yellow »

Circa 1939-1951: The vintage fiesta pottery line did have an ashtray, but with the Harlequin line, the Homer Laughlin pottery company went all out, giving us three varieties of ashtrays to enjoy— plain, basketweave and saucer ashtrays. This example in the original Harlequin yellow glaze, from the Becky Turner collection, is in spectacular condition without any use or damage. Measures 6 3/16" wide by 1" high

For Sale: $125

Harlequin Pottery Basketweave Ashtray in Original Mauve Blue Glaze

Vintage Harlequin Basketweave Ashtray in Original Mauve Glaze »

Circa 1939-1951: The vintage fiesta pottery line did have an ashtray, but with the Harlequin line, the Homer Laughlin pottery company went all out, giving us three varieties of ashtrays to enjoy— plain, basketweave and saucer ashtrays. This example in the original Harlequin mauve blue glaze is in spectacular condition without any use or damage. Measures 6 3/16" wide by 1" high

For Sale: $125

Harlequin Pottery Basketweave Ashtray in Radioactive Red Glaze

Vintage Harlequin Basketweave Ashtray in Original Red »

Circa 1939-1943: The vintage Fiesta pottery line did have an ashtray, but with the Harlequin line, the Homer Laughlin pottery company went all out, giving us three varieties of ashtrays to enjoy— plain, basketweave and Basketweave ashtrays. The basketweave ashtray enjoyed 21 years of production yet somehow are hard to find and appear less and less, and of course would have been discontinued in red in 1943 when the uranium oxide was needed for the Manhattan Project. This example in the original radioactive red glaze is in spectacular condition without any use or damage. Measures 6 3/16" w by 1" h

For Sale: $125

Harlequin Pottery Basketweave Ashtray in Original 50s Chartreuse Glaze

Vintage Harlequin Basketweave Ashtray in Original '50s Chartreuse Glaze »

Circa 1951-1959: There are a few select pieces in certain colors that will elude collectors, and the Harlequin basketweave ashtray in the '50s chartreuse glaze is one of those pieces.

For Sale: $395

Harlequin Pottery Regular Ashtray in Maroon

Vintage Harlequin Regular Ashtray
in Original Mauve Blue »

Circa 1938-1945: The first couple of years proved so successful for the Harlequin pottery line, that it was quickly expanded. The regular ashtray was one of those great additions. Three versions of the ashtray can be found in the Harlequin line, the basketweave, saucer ashtray and the regular version, as shown here. This example, from the Becky Turner collection, is in spectacular shape, without use or damage.

For Sale: $125

Harlequin Pottery Regular Ashtray in Yellow

Vintage Harlequin Regular Ashtray
in Original Yellow »

Circa 1938-1945: The first couple of years proved so successful for the Harlequin pottery line, that it was quickly expanded. The regular ashtray was one of those great additions. Three versions of the ashtray can be found in the Harlequin line, the basketweave, saucer ashtray and the regular version, as shown here.

For Sale: $125

Harlequin Pottery Saucer Ashtray in Radioactive Red Glaze

Vintage Harlequin Cup and Saucer Ashtray in Original Red »

Circa 1940-1942: The vintage fiesta pottery line did have an ashtray, but the with the Harlequin line, Homer Laughlin pottery company went all out, giving us three varieties of ashtrays to enjoy— plain, basketweave and saucer ashtrays. The basketweave ashtray enjoyed 21 years of production and the regular version 8 years, but the saucer ashtray Harlequin piece was shortlived and only produced in six main colors, with examples in rose and original green showing up occassionally. None are easy to find and are even harder to find in excellent condition.

For Sale: $165

Harlequin Pottery Saucer Ashtray in Radioactive Red Glaze

Vintage Harlequin Cup and Saucer Ashtray in Original Spruce Green »

September 1939-Early1940: The Homer Laughlin cup and saucer ashtray is an unusual novelty item. It wasn't one of the original pieces in the line, but was added to the mix in the fall of 1939, as original colors were being discontinued and new colors for the '40s were being introduced.

For Sale: $225

The American Potter Worlds Fair New York 1939-1940
1939 1940 New York Worlds Fair Turquoise Spring Scene Ashtray The American Potter Joint Exhibit

The American Potter 1939-1940 New York Worlds Fair Joint Exibit Seasons Scenes by Homer Laughlin »

Circa 1940: Spring in Turquoise— Already unique, the seasonal scenes are occasionally found dipped in non standard glaze colors, like this turquoise example of the usually green Sping scene.

For Sale: $265

Homer Laughlin Worlds Fair Ivory Winter Scene Ashtray New York 1940

Homer Laughlin American Potter Spring Scene (1940 New York Worlds Fair Souvenir) »

Circa 1940: Homer Laughlin China Co. joined Knowles, Hall, Croni, Paden City, and the National Brotherhood of Operative Potters to build and staff an operating kiln during the 1940 New York World's Fair. Homer Laughlin produced many souvenirs for the fair. This example of the spring scene ashtray in the original Vintage Fiesta green glaze is an excellent example and is nicely marked in a dark glaze on the back "Joint exhibit of capital and labor — the American Potter — New York Worlds Fair 1940

For Sale: $165

Homer Laughlin 1940 New York Worlds Fair Winter Scene in Original Turquoise Glaze

Homer Laughlin American Potter, Winter Scene from New York Worlds Fair in Original Turquoise For Sale »

Circa 1940: Homer Laughlin China Co. joined Knowles, Hall, Croni, Paden City, and tHLhe National Brotherhood of Operative Potters to build and staff an operating kiln during the 1939 New York World's Fair. Homer Laughlin produced many souvenirs for the fair, including George and Martha Washington pitchers and creamers, plates with symbols of the fair, single color glazed examples of the potter at work, ashtrays embossed with the four seasons, Zodiac cup and saucer sets, and hand-thrown vases. This example of the winter scene ashtray in the original turquoise glaze is in excellent condition without damage or use and is nicely marked in a dark glaze on the back "Joint exhibit of capital and labor — the American Potter — New York Worlds Fair 1940

For Sale: $265

Homer Laughlin 1940 New York Worlds Fair Autumn Scene in Rare Yellow Glaze

The American Potter, Ny Worlds Fair, Four Seasons Ashtray Autumn in Nonstandard Yellow Glaze »

Circa 1940: Autumn in Nonstandard Yellow GlazeAlready unique, the seasonal scenes are occasionally found dipped in nonstandard glaze colors, although yellow was not used at all in the seasons pieces, so it is exceptionally exciting to find..

For Sale: $650

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