I went exploring, on the day after Christmas, in the area surrounding my home town and reeled in a set of Homer Laughlin Modern Star china.
I have, over the years, found the odd piece of Modern Star (a berry bowl here or a bread plate there) and I have always thought that finding a set was akin to finding a ...uh... something really, really hard to find.
I kinda freaked when I spotted this complete six place setting set at a goodwill in a very small town located near my home town.
I really find this design to be quite elegant where other markedly mid century designs are playfully spacey (Jamaica Bay, Cathay, Starburst) or rigidly plain (Russel Wright, Lu-Ray, Fiesta)-don't get me wrong I LOVE all of those but Modern Star seems classier. It's the delicate nature of the gold, silver, black star burst on the slightly off-white china and finished with the silver rim on all of the pieces that does it for me.
Here are the bowls. Six shallow coup bowls and six berry bowls.
Six saucers and six coffee cups
Six dinner plates and six bread plates
Interestingly, this set has two different Modern Star marks, one in green and one in swanky silver.
I've been on a roll with china and lamps lately.