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:

Franciscan Ballet China Set Vintage Dinnerware
Franciscan Ballet China Set Vintage Dinnerware
$100.00
Time Remaining: 24d 13h 1m
Buy It Now for only: $100.00
Vintage Franciscan China ARCADIA GREEN Sugar Dish & Lid Plum Leaves & Gold decor
Vintage Franciscan China ARCADIA GREEN Sugar Dish & Lid Plum Leaves & Gold decor
$38.95
Time Remaining: 29d 12h
Buy It Now for only: $38.95
vintage Franciscan fine china MARIPOSA creamer pitcher made in California 6 3/8
vintage Franciscan fine china MARIPOSA creamer pitcher made in California 6 3/8"
$14.99
Time Remaining: 29d 2h 29m
Buy It Now for only: $14.99
VINTAGE FRANCISCAN CHINA SUGAR BOWL AND CREAMER
VINTAGE FRANCISCAN CHINA SUGAR BOWL AND CREAMER
$8.00
Time Remaining: 26d 11h 16m
Buy It Now for only: $8.00
Franciscan Ivy China 113 Piece Set Beautiful Vintage 1940's Dish Set!
Franciscan Ivy China 113 Piece Set Beautiful Vintage 1940's Dish Set!
$1,000.00
Time Remaining: 25d 6h 23m
Buy It Now for only: $1,000.00
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
Time Remaining: 18d 17h 53m
Buy It Now for only: $19.99
VINTAGE USA CALIFORNIA DESERT ROSE FRANCISCAN CHINA GRAVY BOAT BOWL UNDERPLATE
VINTAGE USA CALIFORNIA DESERT ROSE FRANCISCAN CHINA GRAVY BOAT BOWL UNDERPLATE
$21.99
Time Remaining: 3d 17h 38m
Buy It Now for only: $21.99
Vintage Franciscan Ivy, Family China Set, 64 Pieces
Vintage Franciscan Ivy, Family China Set, 64 Pieces
$750.00
Time Remaining: 8d 11h 31m
Buy It Now for only: $750.00
Vintage Franciscan China blue & white tea plate, made in California, 6 1/4
Vintage Franciscan China blue & white tea plate, made in California, 6 1/4"
$14.00
Time Remaining: 20d 17h 37m
Buy It Now for only: $14.00
Vintage Franciscan Apple Pattern China Made in England/Portugal Setting for 12
Vintage Franciscan Apple Pattern China Made in England/Portugal Setting for 12
$599.99
Time Remaining: 26d 20h 17m
Buy It Now for only: $599.99
Vintage Franciscan Fine China ~ Mariposa  Demitasse Cup & Saucer California USA
Vintage Franciscan Fine China ~ Mariposa Demitasse Cup & Saucer California USA
$9.99
Time Remaining: 1d 10h 5m
VINTAGE CALIFORNIA DESERT ROSE FRANCISCAN CHINA 8 1/2
VINTAGE CALIFORNIA DESERT ROSE FRANCISCAN CHINA 8 1/2" SERVING VEGETABLE BOWL
$7.99
Time Remaining: 16d 16h 41m
Buy It Now for only: $7.99
Lot of 5 Vintage Franciscan China Autumn Falling Leaves Dessert Plates 6.5
Lot of 5 Vintage Franciscan China Autumn Falling Leaves Dessert Plates 6.5"
$20.00
Time Remaining: 16d 14h 10m
Buy It Now for only: $20.00
Vintage Franciscan China DESERT ROSE Dessert Bowl Flying F Stamp XLNT
Vintage Franciscan China DESERT ROSE Dessert Bowl Flying F Stamp XLNT
$12.99
Time Remaining: 3d 6h 46m
Buy It Now for only: $12.99
Vintage Franciscan China ARCADIA Green Cup Only - No Saucer
Vintage Franciscan China ARCADIA Green Cup Only - No Saucer
$9.95
Time Remaining: 11d 6h 39m
Buy It Now for only: $9.95
Vintage Franciscan China DESERT ROSE Dessert Bowl Round US Stamp XLNT
Vintage Franciscan China DESERT ROSE Dessert Bowl Round US Stamp XLNT
$12.99
Time Remaining: 3d 6h 46m
Buy It Now for only: $12.99
Vintage Franciscan China DESERT ROSE Dessert Bowl TV Stamp XLNT
Vintage Franciscan China DESERT ROSE Dessert Bowl TV Stamp XLNT
$12.99
Time Remaining: 3d 6h 46m
Buy It Now for only: $12.99
Vintage Franciscan China Carmel Creamer and Sugar Set made in California
Vintage Franciscan China Carmel Creamer and Sugar Set made in California
$54.99
Time Remaining: 23d 6h 56m
Buy It Now for only: $54.99
Vintage Franciscan Earthenware China
Vintage Franciscan Earthenware China "Hacienda-Green" Creamer Cream Color
$9.99
Time Remaining: 29d 15h 4m
Buy It Now for only: $9.99
Vintage Franciscan China HACIENDA Gold Covered Tea Pot
Vintage Franciscan China HACIENDA Gold Covered Tea Pot
$24.99
Time Remaining: 17d 12h 32m
Buy It Now for only: $24.99
Vintage Franciscan China OCTOBER Square Microwave Baker
Vintage Franciscan China OCTOBER Square Microwave Baker
$34.99
Time Remaining: 29d 1h 52m
Buy It Now for only: $34.99
Vintage Franciscan Family China Radiance Cream & Sugar Set USA Retro
Vintage Franciscan Family China Radiance Cream & Sugar Set USA Retro
$19.95
Time Remaining: 1d 12h 16m
Buy It Now for only: $19.95
Franciscan China Winsome Coffee Pot No Lid Vintage Floral MCM California Pottery
Franciscan China Winsome Coffee Pot No Lid Vintage Floral MCM California Pottery
$35.00
Time Remaining: 26d 11h 3m
Buy It Now for only: $35.00
Franciscan China Madeira 32 Ounce Pitcher Vintage CA Pottery
Franciscan China Madeira 32 Ounce Pitcher Vintage CA Pottery
$32.00
Time Remaining: 11d 10h 14m
Buy It Now for only: $32.00
Vintage Franciscan Fine China ~ Mariposa  10
Vintage Franciscan Fine China ~ Mariposa 10" Dinner Plate ~ California USA
$27.50
Time Remaining: 10d 14h 56m
Buy It Now for only: $27.50
Vintage Franciscan Mariposa Fine China Cup & Saucer / Design In  ~ California
Vintage Franciscan Mariposa Fine China Cup & Saucer / Design In ~ California
$14.50
Time Remaining: 10d 14h 35m
Buy It Now for only: $14.50
Vintage  Franciscan Interpace China  APPLE  14
Vintage Franciscan Interpace China APPLE 14" Oval Serving Meat Platter USA
$29.98
Time Remaining: 14d 14h 28m
Buy It Now for only: $29.98
Franciscan China USA CARMEL Oval Serving Platter 12 3/8
Franciscan China USA CARMEL Oval Serving Platter 12 3/8" Vintage Pink Rose
$24.99
Time Remaining: 24d 4h 38m
Buy It Now for only: $24.99
Franciscan China Merry Go Round  48 piece Set - 1959-65 - Vintage - Free Ship
Franciscan China Merry Go Round 48 piece Set - 1959-65 - Vintage - Free Ship
$250.00
Time Remaining: 15d 16h 7m
Buy It Now for only: $250.00
7 USA Made Vintage Franciscan China FREMONT COFFEE TEA CUPS No Saucers
7 USA Made Vintage Franciscan China FREMONT COFFEE TEA CUPS No Saucers
$46.88
Time Remaining: 8d 2h 53m
Buy It Now for only: $46.88

 

2 thoughts on “Vintage Franciscan Dinnerware

  1. I have quite a bit of the vintage Franciscan Apple going back to mostly the 40’s and 50’s. I am in my early 60’s and this is the pattern I grew up with. I am interested in selling some of it, but not sure where to start. Any recommendations?

    • Hello Mary!

      Selling some dinnerware…where to start depends on a lot of factors. If you have a good consignment shop in your area that handles dishes, that may be a start. No shipping for you, and they interact with buyers. However, there are downsides, too, like any other option. You could sell yourself online, though it’s a learning curve to set up, and shipping can be pricey, especially if you don’t do much of it and have to use retail rates.

      The market for a lot of vintage dishes is pretty soft due to so many people downsizing. I think that Apple would be one pattern that holds some value because it is so charming. You could get an idea by looking at listings on sites like eBay or Etsy, to see what people have it listed for (and some listings may give you an idea of whether it’s selling at that price).

      If I saw this pattern in my favorite thrift store in this area, I’d expect to find it in the auction case, where shoppers can bid via a paper system. This is an uncommon scenario, but this one-off store does it.

      Hope this helps!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *