About Kimbesa

I love dishes, and I continue to haunt thrift stores, estate sales, and other places where vintage china, dinnerware and glassware are to be found.

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Vintage Franciscan Dinnerware

Franciscan china is one of my favorite vintage wares. I enjoy the warmth, casual charm, and easy Southwestern style of many of these patterns.

Franciscan began in the 1930s, as a brand name of the Gladding McBean & Co. pottery company in California.

The oldest Franciscan dinnerware was made in the USA, and later in Japan. Along the way, the coVintage Franciscan Apple pattern detailmpany was sold or merged with other makers. Later pieces were made in England. The newest pieces were made in China.

Two of the most popular Franciscan patterns are Desert Rose and Apple. These were made for more than 50 years. They are colorful and graceful in shape and style. Many people have these, and collect them, too.

If you want an absolute match between newer and older pieces in these patterns, be sure to check them out side by side on your table.

A mix of newer and older can give texture to your table setting, but you’ll probably notice differences in color.

Cloud Nine china by FranciscanFranciscan made sleeker patterns during the 50s and 60s.

Patterns like Cloud Nine (plain white) and Fan Tan (understated decoration in earthy colors) from the Whitestone Ware line, and have a smooth, Mid Century Modern look and feel.

This is timeless, classic dinnerware.

Then there’s Hacienda Gold (and its counterpart, Hacienda Green). This pattern has design roots in the funky, back-to-nature 1960s, and was made into the 1980s.

If you’re in the right age group, you know what Harvest Gold and Avocado Green kitchens, were like, right down to the cookware and the appliances.Hacienda Gold by Franciscan

I like the Hacienda patterns because they are warm and homey, with soft, casual color. They are great for parties like Cinco de Mayo (May 5), or any other casual summer party.

The gold and green can be mixed to create as large a table setting as you wish.

I’ve written about Franciscan several times, including:

Apple Pattern China

Cloud Nine Dinnerware

Hacienda Gold Cinco de Mayo

Check out these classic Franciscan dinnerware offerings to build your vintage china collection:

Vintage Mid-Century Franciscan Family China Del Mar Pattern 13
Vintage Mid-Century Franciscan Family China Del Mar Pattern 13" Platter MINT
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Vtg Franciscan China Desert Rose serving bowl
Vtg Franciscan China Desert Rose serving bowl
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Vintage Franciscan Ivy, Family China Set, 64 Pieces
Vintage Franciscan Ivy, Family China Set, 64 Pieces
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NICE!! Mariposa franciscan china California Flowers gold sugar bowl vintage
NICE!! Mariposa franciscan china California Flowers gold sugar bowl vintage
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Vintage Gladding McBean Franciscan Ivy China Compote Plate 1948-1983 Discontinue
Vintage Gladding McBean Franciscan Ivy China Compote Plate 1948-1983 Discontinue
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Franciscan Apple Pattern Dishes Mixed Lot of 6 China Pottery Dinnerware Vintage
Franciscan Apple Pattern Dishes Mixed Lot of 6 China Pottery Dinnerware Vintage
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franciscan china October pattern vintage made I. The USA 
franciscan china October pattern vintage made I. The USA 
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NICE!! Mariposa tea pot  franciscan china California Flowers gold teapot vintage
NICE!! Mariposa tea pot franciscan china California Flowers gold teapot vintage
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Vintage Franciscan China Creamer Crinoline Pattern--Very Nice--
Vintage Franciscan China Creamer Crinoline Pattern--Very Nice--
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Vintage Franciscan China DESERT ROSE Dessert Bowl Flying F Stamp XLNT
Vintage Franciscan China DESERT ROSE Dessert Bowl Flying F Stamp XLNT
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Vintage Franciscan China DESERT ROSE Dessert Bowl Round US Stamp XLNT
Vintage Franciscan China DESERT ROSE Dessert Bowl Round US Stamp XLNT
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Vintage Franciscan China DESERT ROSE Dessert Bowl TV Stamp XLNT
Vintage Franciscan China DESERT ROSE Dessert Bowl TV Stamp XLNT
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VINTAGE USA CALIFORNIA DESERT ROSE FRANCISCAN CHINA DESSERT BERRY BOWL PLATE
VINTAGE USA CALIFORNIA DESERT ROSE FRANCISCAN CHINA DESSERT BERRY BOWL PLATE
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Franciscan China Pickwick Dinner Plates Whitestone Ware Set of 3 Vintage 10-1/4
Franciscan China Pickwick Dinner Plates Whitestone Ware Set of 3 Vintage 10-1/4"
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Old Vintage Mesa Fine China by Franciscan 10
Old Vintage Mesa Fine China by Franciscan 10" Dinner Plate Pink Yellow Plant MCM
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Vintage Franciscan China Claremont California Dinner Plate Pink Flower
Vintage Franciscan China Claremont California Dinner Plate Pink Flower
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Vintage Franciscan China Aqua DAWN Covered Sugar Bowl Platinum Trim
Vintage Franciscan China Aqua DAWN Covered Sugar Bowl Platinum Trim
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VTG FRANCISCAN CHINA CARMEL PATTERN 8 CUPS & 7 SAUCERS PINK/GRAY FLOWERS
VTG FRANCISCAN CHINA CARMEL PATTERN 8 CUPS & 7 SAUCERS PINK/GRAY FLOWERS
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RARE Vintage 6  Gladding McBean Franciscan Fine China MESA 10 3/8
RARE Vintage 6 Gladding McBean Franciscan Fine China MESA 10 3/8" Dinner Plates
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7 VINTAGE FRANCISCAN CHINA DEL MONTE CUPS & 9 SAUCERS
7 VINTAGE FRANCISCAN CHINA DEL MONTE CUPS & 9 SAUCERS
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4 VINTAGE FRANCISCAN CHINA DEL MONTE HANDLED CREAM SOUP BOWLS W/LINERS
4 VINTAGE FRANCISCAN CHINA DEL MONTE HANDLED CREAM SOUP BOWLS W/LINERS
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4 VINTAGE FRANCISCAN CHINA DEL MONTE 6-3/8
4 VINTAGE FRANCISCAN CHINA DEL MONTE 6-3/8" BREAD/DESSERT PLATES-CALIFORNIA
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4 VINTAGE FRANCISCAN CHINA DEL MONTE 8-3/8
4 VINTAGE FRANCISCAN CHINA DEL MONTE 8-3/8" SALAD PLATES-CALIFORNIA
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8 USA Made Vintage Franciscan China FREMONT 6 3/8
8 USA Made Vintage Franciscan China FREMONT 6 3/8" Bread PIE DESSERT PLATES
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7 USA Made Vintage Franciscan China FREMONT COFFEE TEA CUPS No Saucers
7 USA Made Vintage Franciscan China FREMONT COFFEE TEA CUPS No Saucers
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Vintage Franciscan Desert Rose Set of 3 Saucers China Flowers Rose USA
Vintage Franciscan Desert Rose Set of 3 Saucers China Flowers Rose USA
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Vintage Franciscan Fine China Del Monte Salad Plate 8 3/8 Made in California
Vintage Franciscan Fine China Del Monte Salad Plate 8 3/8 Made in California
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Vintage Franciscan Fine China Del Monte Footed Cup Made in California
Vintage Franciscan Fine China Del Monte Footed Cup Made in California
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Vintage Franciscan Fine China Del Monte Bread and Butter Plate 6 1/4
Vintage Franciscan Fine China Del Monte Bread and Butter Plate 6 1/4" California
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Vintage Franciscan China CLOUD NINE White Individual Ashtrays - Set of Two
Vintage Franciscan China CLOUD NINE White Individual Ashtrays - Set of Two
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