Dating fiestaware marks
Ink stamps are always newer (late 90s and on) and imprinted backstamps are sometimes older (some post-1986 Fiesta has imprints). The years begin at 1992 with GG and the months are marked A through L, starting with January. Recommended Reading While these pointers will help you eliminate obviously newer pieces, you may want to have some reference books handy for the truly tough-to-crack cases.• The "F" in Fiesta: The oldest Fiestas has a lowercase "F" that is connected to the rest of the letters. Here are a few of the essential Fiestaware books that I recommend: • Homer Laughlin China: Guide to Shapes and Patterns by Jo Cunningham and Darlene Nossaman • Homer Laughlin: Decades of Dinnerware by Bob Page, Dean Frederiksen and Dean Six • Warman"s Fiesta: Identification and Price Guide by Glen Victorey These resources should be enough to get you started. After the Civil War Homer and his brothers had worked in the pottery industry in production and sales but were not expert in technical aspects of making ware.They accepted the Council's offer on September 1, 1873, broke ground for the plant on October 1 and opened for production one year later on September 1, 1874.
The public perceived that the American ware, which was more expensive, was of lesser quality.
Homer and Shakespeare Laughlin won that competition and proceeded to build a pottery in East Liverpool.
They were natives of the area being born on Beaver Creek near East Liverpool and the Ohio River.
The hazards of the job were many, mostly from the inhalation of the dusts associated with the production of the ware.
In 1877 he was paying his employees more than their European or Asian counterparts.