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 Franciscan China Autumn Falling Leaves Teapot Mid Century 1950s
Vintage Franciscan China Autumn Falling Leaves Teapot Mid Century 1950s
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Set of 8 Vintage Franciscan Apple China Sherbets Pottery 2 and 3/8 inches
Set of 8 Vintage Franciscan Apple China Sherbets Pottery 2 and 3/8 inches
$16.00 (2 Bids)
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VINTAGE FRANCISCAN CHINA OLYMPIC PATTERN OVAL PLATTER 12
VINTAGE FRANCISCAN CHINA OLYMPIC PATTERN OVAL PLATTER 12"
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Vintage Franciscan silver pine china Coffee Pot with Lid
Vintage Franciscan silver pine china Coffee Pot with Lid
$125.00 (1 Bid)
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Vintage Franciscan Silver Pine China Set
Vintage Franciscan Silver Pine China Set
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Vintage Franciscan Masterpiece China Birchbark 2 Salad Plates Gray Platinum Trim
Vintage Franciscan Masterpiece China Birchbark 2 Salad Plates Gray Platinum Trim
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VINTAGE FRANCISCAN CHINA LARGE TEA WATER PITCHER EXCELLENT USA
VINTAGE FRANCISCAN CHINA LARGE TEA WATER PITCHER EXCELLENT USA
$29.99
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Vintage Franciscan Autumn China Creamer and Covered Sugar with Lid.
Vintage Franciscan Autumn China Creamer and Covered Sugar with Lid.
$5.50
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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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Vintage Franciscan Earthenware Apple China Teapot Made in the USA
Vintage Franciscan Earthenware Apple China Teapot Made in the USA
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4 Vintage Franciscan China 6-5/8
4 Vintage Franciscan China 6-5/8" Bread & Butter Plates-Rare Tahoe Pattern
$19.99
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4 Vintage Mid-Century Franciscan Family China Del Mar Pattern 10
4 Vintage Mid-Century Franciscan Family China Del Mar Pattern 10" Dinner Plates
$39.99
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4 Vintage Franciscan China 8-1/2
4 Vintage Franciscan China 8-1/2" Salad-Dessert Plates - Rare Tahoe Pattern
$19.99
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Vintage Franciscan Platinum Ivory China Huntington 6PC Cup & Saucers
Vintage Franciscan Platinum Ivory China Huntington 6PC Cup & Saucers
$25.00
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Vintage Franciscan China - Picnic Pattern - Cup & Saucer Sets
Vintage Franciscan China - Picnic Pattern - Cup & Saucer Sets
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VINTAGE FRANCISCAN CHINA BUTTER DISH EXCELLENT
VINTAGE FRANCISCAN CHINA BUTTER DISH EXCELLENT
$9.99
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Set of 4 Vintage Franciscan China Cups and Saucers - Rare Tahoe Pattern -
Set of 4 Vintage Franciscan China Cups and Saucers - Rare Tahoe Pattern -
$19.99
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Vintage Franciscan Silver Pine China Sugar Bowl with Lid
Vintage Franciscan Silver Pine China Sugar Bowl with Lid
$40.00
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Vintage FRANCISCAN china APPLE 40 piece SET SERVICE for 8, 1953-1958 MINT!
Vintage FRANCISCAN china APPLE 40 piece SET SERVICE for 8, 1953-1958 MINT!
$99.00
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Vintage Mid-Century Franciscan Family China Del Mar Pattern Gravy Boat Free Ship
Vintage Mid-Century Franciscan Family China Del Mar Pattern Gravy Boat Free Ship
$22.99
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Vintage Franciscan China OCTOBER Square Microwave Baker
Vintage Franciscan China OCTOBER Square Microwave Baker
$34.99
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Vintage Franciscan China HACIENDA Gold Covered Tea Pot
Vintage Franciscan China HACIENDA Gold Covered Tea Pot
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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 TV Stamp XLNT
Vintage Franciscan China DESERT ROSE Dessert Bowl TV Stamp XLNT
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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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Vintage Mid-Century Franciscan Family China Del Mar Pattern 13
Vintage Mid-Century Franciscan Family China Del Mar Pattern 13" Platter MINT
$29.99
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Franciscan China Fremont Oval Serving Bowl California fine Quality VGC Vintage
Franciscan China Fremont Oval Serving Bowl California fine Quality VGC Vintage
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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 Family China Radiance Cream & Sugar Set USA Retro
Vintage Franciscan Family China Radiance Cream & Sugar Set USA Retro
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Vintage Franciscan Earthenware China
Vintage Franciscan Earthenware China "Hacienda-Green" Creamer Cream Color
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