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Vintage Fiesta Mixing Bowl Number 5

Vintage Fiesta mixing bowl number five

The middle sizes of the seven piece fiesta nesting bowl set would be the number 3, 4, and 5. All of these bowls are very handy and were the go to bowls to use in the kitchen. The number five sized bowl measures 8 1/2" wide can be used for countless tasks. This convienent size makes these bowls more used than the smaller and larger examples in the set, so finding them in excellent, collector quality condition can be a challenge. Add to that the fact that these large sizes leave more room for error on the hand labor manufacturing techniques being used by Homer Laughlin China Company during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Hand dipping such large bowls was no easy feat, leaving us with lots of examples with runny glazes, drips and misses. Many of these variations are just part of the process from the vintage production, but should be taken into consideration when valuing the bowls.


Number Five: 8 1/2" wide x 5 3/4" tall


In the mold mark "HLC USA" or in the mold mark "MADE IN USE" or in the mold mark with HLC icon followed by "fiesta/MADE IN THE USA", occassionally found with the glaze stamp "genuine FIESTA" and sometimes found with both an impressed in the mold mark with the glaze stamp applied over the inmold mark. All bowls will have their numbers inscribed in the bottom although these numbers can often be hard to make out.

Years of production

Circa 1936-1944: Made in the first six original colors only. From the Fall of 1942 to Spring 1944 bowls were only made in one color per size as follows: Number one (red), number two (yellow), number three (green), number 4 (ivory), number five (yellow), number six (turquoise) and number seven (cobalt/blue).

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