Fiestaware Saucer

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Fiestaware Saucer
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This orange plate is part of a cup and saucer set of Fiestaware, from the USA. Uranium oxide was used in the glaze, which makes these pieces radioactive. Fiesta was the first widely mass-marketed solid-colour dinnerware and became extremely popular due to its bright colours, durable construction and stylized art deco designs. After its introduction in 1936 it was a widespread fad in the USA for over 10 years, becoming somewhat of a status symbol. During the Second World War, the US government took control of uranium in the country and confiscated the stocks of all companies which used it. Nowadays, the government advises that these pieces are not used, however they are still very popular collectors’ items.

Sample ID: 304

Particularities

State
Object
Compound
Donated by
E. A. Holm
Maker
Homer Laughlin China Company of Newell, West Virginia
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Categories
Ceramic
Curiosities
Relationships
Radioactive | Orange | Ceramic

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