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:

4 Vintage Mid-Century Franciscan Family China Del Mar Pattern 5
4 Vintage Mid-Century Franciscan Family China Del Mar Pattern 5" Fruit Bowl Mint
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vintage Franciscan Desert Rose china mix lot of 19 pieces Place settings
vintage Franciscan Desert Rose china mix lot of 19 pieces Place settings
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Vintage FRANCISCAN Fine China MARIPOSA Floral Gold Rim Sugar Creamer
Vintage FRANCISCAN Fine China MARIPOSA Floral Gold Rim Sugar Creamer
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6 Vintage Mid-Century Franciscan Family China Del Mar Pattern 6
6 Vintage Mid-Century Franciscan Family China Del Mar Pattern 6" Bread Plates
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Vintage FRANCISCAN CHINA USA Fresh Fruit 10-3/4
Vintage FRANCISCAN CHINA USA Fresh Fruit 10-3/4" Dinner Plates TWO
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Vintage 6PC Lot Franciscan China OLYMPIC Purple Violet Flowers Place Setting
Vintage 6PC Lot Franciscan China OLYMPIC Purple Violet Flowers Place Setting
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4 Vintage Mid-Century Franciscan Family China Del Mar Pattern 8-1/4
4 Vintage Mid-Century Franciscan Family China Del Mar Pattern 8-1/4" Salad Plate
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VINTAGE USA CALIFORNIA DESERT ROSE FRANCISCAN CHINA PINK COFFEE TEA CUP SAUCER
VINTAGE USA CALIFORNIA DESERT ROSE FRANCISCAN CHINA PINK COFFEE TEA CUP SAUCER
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Vintage Franciscan China Radiance Serving Platter Plate
Vintage Franciscan China Radiance Serving Platter Plate
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Vtg Franciscan TRIO Tall China Tumbler Square Mid Century Ceramic Drinking EUC
Vtg Franciscan TRIO Tall China Tumbler Square Mid Century Ceramic Drinking EUC
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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
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32 Piece Franciscan Desert Rose China Lot- Vintage
32 Piece Franciscan Desert Rose China Lot- Vintage
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Vintage Franciscan Platinum Ivory China Huntington 6PC Cup & Saucers
Vintage Franciscan Platinum Ivory China Huntington 6PC Cup & Saucers
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Vintage Mid-Century Franciscan Family China Del Mar Pattern 8-1/4 Vegetable Dish
Vintage Mid-Century Franciscan Family China Del Mar Pattern 8-1/4 Vegetable Dish
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33pc Vintage Franciscan Whitestone Ware CLOUD NINE Ironstone China for 8, Japan
33pc Vintage Franciscan Whitestone Ware CLOUD NINE Ironstone China for 8, Japan
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Vintage 1950's Mid Century Modern Franciscan China Tiempo Green Lt
Vintage 1950's Mid Century Modern Franciscan China Tiempo Green Lt
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Vintage Franciscan Family China Discovery HERITAGE Dinner Plate
Vintage Franciscan Family China Discovery HERITAGE Dinner Plate
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VINTAGE Franciscan China CAFE ROYAL ROSE RIMMED SOUP Bowl EXCELLENT PERFECT
VINTAGE Franciscan China CAFE ROYAL ROSE RIMMED SOUP Bowl EXCELLENT PERFECT
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Vintage Franciscan Desert Rose 20 Assorted Pieces China
Vintage Franciscan Desert Rose 20 Assorted Pieces China
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Set of (2)Vintage Franciscan China SEA SCULPTURE
Set of (2)Vintage Franciscan China SEA SCULPTURE "THE FAN SHELL" DINNER PLATES
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Vintage Franciscan China Del Mar Dinner Plate Cracked Blue Star Retro
Vintage Franciscan China Del Mar Dinner Plate Cracked Blue Star Retro
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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
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Vintage Franciscan China Del Mar Flat Cup Blue Star HTF
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Vintage Franciscan Masterpiece Arabesque China - Dinner, Salad, Desert, Saucer
Vintage Franciscan Masterpiece Arabesque China - Dinner, Salad, Desert, Saucer
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Vtg Franciscan China Floral Pattern Round Serving Bowl Set 7
Vtg Franciscan China Floral Pattern Round Serving Bowl Set 7", 7.75", 9.25" USA
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Vintage Franciscan China Radiance Coffee Pot, Creamer, Sugar Bowl Set Service
Vintage Franciscan China Radiance Coffee Pot, Creamer, Sugar Bowl Set Service
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2 Vintage Franciscan China Desert Rose Tea / Coffee Canisters
2 Vintage Franciscan China Desert Rose Tea / Coffee Canisters
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Franciscan Desert Rose Vintage China 5 Bread & Butter Plates & 1 Fruit Bowl
Franciscan Desert Rose Vintage China 5 Bread & Butter Plates & 1 Fruit Bowl
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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
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VINTAGE FRANCISCAN APPLE (AMERICAN BACKSTAMP) EARTHENWARE CHINA 86 PC SET
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