Homer Laughlin, Republic Shape, Bottom Mark, 1948. Historical Data -- Founded in 1871 by Mr. Homer Laughlin, The Homer Laughlin China Company has been owned and operated by the Aaron and Wells families since their acquisition in 1897. Homer Laughlin remains the largest domestic pottery employing over 1100 skilled workers in a 37 acre facility. Republic Shape -- The Republic Shape was used from the early 1900's through the late 1940's. Flatware is characterized by scalloped edges with a repeated embossed pattern similar to the much later issued Virginia Rose pattern. Most patterns are floral designs. Republic is becoming fairly difficult to find. E6-003(1111)