A: Homer Laughlin China Company was founded in East Liverpool, Ohio, in 1871 by Homer and Shakespeare Laughlin. Homer bought out Shakespeare in 1877. In 1907, the company was sold to Louis Aaron and his sons and W.E. Wells. They continued to use the Homer Laughlin name and are still in business. Eggshell Georgian is the name of the shape and was introduced in 1937. Art Director Frederick Rhead designed the Georgian shape. It was decorated with many different patterns and some were embossed. “44N5” shows your dishes were made in 1944 in the Newell, West Virginia plant. Your dinnerware would probably be worth $300 to $400.
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