People who started out with one pattern, may not have found the item they were seeking in it and purchased the piece in the other pattern. These patterns were Homer Laughlin’s answer to the Continental pattern ‘Spring Garden’.If you have studied vintage dinnerware patterns, this one will come to mind.These Fiesta markings all feature the word "Fiesta" in some form as well as some marking identifying Homer Laughlin as the manufacturer.With Fiesta backstamps that are in INK ONLY, you can identify and old piece of Fiestaware by the case of the letters.Fiesta is still a very highly collectible pottery and all indicators are that it will be for generations to come!But Fiesta ware is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. Another very highly collectible vintage pattern is Eggshell Nautilus, especially the square shape plates.This was at a time when most factories were just marking their items with USA as a makers mark.
These all have capital letters and often have the words "genuine" and "lead free." Update: For some nice pictures that illustrate a piece of Fiestaware with a vintage looking color but updated ink backstamps, check out these shots taken over at the Selling Vintage blog.
With Homer Laughlin marking their items so well we are able to date each piece, sometimes not only to just a year, but to a month of when it was made.
are several charts available to use for reference.
" The answer to those questions is neither simple nor definitive.
There are dozens of markings on Fiestaware and they are often difficult to read or applied with little uniformity.