Happy Heidi Vintage Fiesta

Vintage Fiesta and Harlequin Ashtrays in Original Colors | Circa 1936-1969

Two variations of the fiestaware ashtray can be found, the earliest examples, made from 1936-1938 will have an extra set of concentric rings on the underside bottoms. These rings were added one by one by hand on a jiggering machine where a metal blade would etch the rings into the clay as the piece spun around, sometimes even by a hand cranked foot peddle! To speed production the rings were removed by 1938 and soon after the "GENUINE fiesta" glaze stamp was added to the bottoms. Since the unmarked versions with bottom rings were made for less time and in less quantities, those are valued slightly more. All are fun to collect and were made in the eleven vintage fiesta colors.

Vintage Fiesta Ashtrays— Early Versions

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Vintage Fiesta Original Turquoise Early Version Ashtray »

Circa 1937-1939: Early Version Bottom Rings— With the turquoise glaze being released later than the first five colors, the early variations of pieces in turquoise will prove harder to find than the other colors. It took quite a long time to find an early version of the ashtray (with the outside bottom rings rather than the GENUINE back stamp) in turquoise. Advanced collectors will appreciate these harder to find anomolies.

For Sale: $165

red fiestaware ashtray early variation with bottom rings

Vintage Fiesta Ashtray (Early Version) in Red »

Circa 1936-1939: Made only for a few years, the early version ashtrays are a treat for the collector. This example is discounted 20% for some very minor inside wear.

For Sale: $ 145 115

Vintage Fiestaware Early Variation Ashtray in Original Cobalt Blue Glaze

EARLY VERSION
Vintage Fiesta Cobalt Ashtray »

Circa 1936-1939: Early Version Outside Bottom Rings— The Vintage Fiesta ashtray was part of the original line, released in 1936. This is an example of a piece from that period, before the "Genuine Fiesta" stamp was designed. The bottoms of these early versions will be covered with bands of concentric rings that would have been etched in the clay by hand on a jiggering machine. Excellent condition.

For Sale: $125

Vintage Fiesta Original Green Early Version Ashtray »

Circa 1936-1938: Early Version Bottom Rings— The vintage Fiesta ashtray was part of the original line, released in 1936. This is an example of a piece from that period, before the "Genuine Fiesta" stamp was designed. The bottoms of these early versions will be covered with bands of rings.

For Sale: $135

Vintage Fiesta Ivory Early Version Ashtray »

Circa 1936-1938: Early Version Bottom Rings— The vintage Fiesta ashtray was part of the original line, released in 1936. This is an example of a piece from that period, before the "Genuine Fiesta" stamp was designed. The bottoms of these early versions will be covered with bands of rings.

For Sale: $135

Vintage Fiesta Ashtrays— Marked Versions

Vintage Fiesta Pottery  Ashtray in Original Green for Sale

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Vintage Fiesta Original Green Ashtray »

Circa 1940-1951: The 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. Even the utilitarian ashtray is executed with detail and flare.

For Sale: $95

Vintage Fiesta Pottery  Ashtray in Original Turquoise for Sale

Vintage Fiesta Turquoise Ashtray »

Circa 1940-1969: Turquoise fiestaware has remained one of the most popular colors in the pottery lines history since it's release in 1937! Although various shifts of the color occur, I always search for the bright robin eggs blue version which sparkles. This example is one of those and is in excellent condtion.

For Sale: $95

ivory vintage fiestaware ashtray for sale

Vintage Fiesta Ivory Ashtray »

Circa 1938-1951: The vintage Fiesta ashtray was part of the original line, released in 1936. This is an example from the 1938 version forward, after the outside bottom rings were removed to add the copyrighted "GENUINE fiesta" glaze stamp.

For Sale: $95

Cobalt Blue Vintage Fiesta ware Ashtray

Vintage Fiesta Cobalt Ashtray »

Circa 1940-1951: The fiesta ashtray is a piece that can be collected in all eleven colors. Decorative rings surround the rim with three shallow symmetrically placed wells. This example in blue is marked "GENUINE fiesta HCLo USA".

For Sale: $85

Yellow vintage Fiesta ashtray

Vintage Fiesta Yellow Ashtray »

Circa 1940-1969: This version of the yellow vintage fiestaware ashtray is nicely marked on the back "GENUINE fiesta HLCo USA" and is in excellent condition, with no signs of use and no damage

For Sale: $85

Vintage Fiestaware Chartreuse  Ashtray 1950s Color for sale

Vintage Fiesta Chartreuse Ashtray »

Circa 1951-1959: Interestingly, the vintage fiesta ashtray is the only piece where the decorative bands of concentric rings are broken, in this case by the three shallow wells around the rim. Bands of rings decorate the rim, the inside bottom and even the outside around the nice glaze stamp "GENUINE fiesta HLCo USA".

For Sale: $125

1950s fiestaware gray vintage fiesta ashtray for sale

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Vintage Fiesta Gray Ashtray »

Circa 1951-1959: The sophisticated gray glaze from the 1950s fiestaware line still seems modern and timeless today. This example is in excellent condition and is marked with the "GENUINE Fiesta HCLo USA" backstamp.

For Sale: $110

1950s fiestaware color rose vintage fiesta ashtray for sale

Vintage Fiesta Rose Ashtray »

Circa 1951-1959: 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

1960s fiestaware medium green vintage fiesta ashtray for sale

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Vintage Fiesta Medium Green Ashtray »

Circa 1959-1969: Made in far less quantities than any other color, the last color released for the fiestaware line, medium green, is a hard to find speciality example. This piece is in exceptional condition.

For Sale: $325

Vintage Fiesta Ironstone Ashtray in Sheffield Amberstone dark brown

Vintage Fiesta Ironstone Sheffield Amberstone Ashtray »

Circa 1967-1969: 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 from the original fiesta colors.

For Sale: $145

Vintage Harlequin Saucer Ashtrays

The vintage fiesta pottery line did have an ashtray, but the with the Harlequin line, Homer Laughlin went all out, giving us three varieties of ashtrays to enjoy— plain, basketweave and saucer ashtrays.

Harlequin Pottery Saucer Ashtray in Turquoise Glaze

Harlequin Turquoise Saucer Ashtray »

Circa 1939-1942: Two Piece Set— 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 like this example in turquoise.

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red vintage hard to find harlequin homer laughlin saucer ashtray

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Harlequin Red Saucer Ashtray »

Circa 1939-1942: Two Piece Set—The saucer ashtray was short lived and only produced in six main colors and was manufactured for just over two years. None are easy to find and are even harder to find in excellent condition like this red example (cup included).

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Vintage Harlequin Basketweave Ashtrays

Harlequin Turquoise Basketweave Ashtray »

Circa 1942-1959: The intricate criss cross patterns found on both the nut dish and the basketweave ashtray stands out as highly decorative and unique elements not found on any other pieces in the solid color dinnerware lines.

For Sale: $125

Harlequin Pottery Basketweave Ashtray in Original Yellow Glaze

Harlequin Yellow Basketweave Ashtray »

Circa 1939-1959: This example of the unique Harlequin basketweave ashtray in the original Harlequin yellow 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 Original 1940s Rose Glaze

Vintage Harlequin Rose Basketweave Ashtray »

Circa 1939-1959: Rose glaze was added to the Harlequin line as early as 1940, making its way onto Homer Laughlin pottery shapes long before the release of the '50s colors where it was used with the Fiesta refreshed palette.

For Sale: $175

Of Special Interest

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

The American Potter Worlds Fair Summer in Turquoise »

Circa 1940: Summer in Nonstandard Turquoise GlazeAlready unique, the seasonal scenes are occasionally found dipped in nonstandard glaze colors, like this example of the Spring scene, which is usually found in the green glaze.

For Sale: $245

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

The American Potter Worlds Fair Autumn in Nonstandard Turquoise »

Circa 1940: Autumn in Nonstandard Turquoise GlazeAlready unique, the seasonal scenes are occasionally found dipped in nonstandard glaze colors, like this example of the Autumn scene, which is usually found in the red glaze.

For Sale: $325

Bob Zordani and Heidi Kellner: (217) 714-5016, Lexington, Virginia: heidi@happyheidi.com