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:

6 Vintage *Franciscan* China Desert Rose Tumblers 1949-53 California mark
6 Vintage *Franciscan* China Desert Rose Tumblers 1949-53 California mark
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Vintage 50's Desert Rose Franciscan china
Vintage 50's Desert Rose Franciscan china
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Vintage Franciscan Desert Rose 20 Assorted Pieces China
Vintage Franciscan Desert Rose 20 Assorted Pieces China
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4 Franciscan China SILVER PINE Pattern 8-1/4
4 Franciscan China SILVER PINE Pattern 8-1/4" Salad Plates, Gladding McBean Vtg
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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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Vintage FRANCISCAN Fine China MARIPOSA Floral Gold Rim Sugar Creamer
Vintage FRANCISCAN Fine China MARIPOSA Floral Gold Rim Sugar Creamer
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Large lot of Franciscan Heritage China- 6+ place setting, plus extras! Vintage!
Large lot of Franciscan Heritage China- 6+ place setting, plus extras! Vintage!
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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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Vintage Franciscan Autumn China Creamer and Covered Sugar with Lid.
Vintage Franciscan Autumn China Creamer and Covered Sugar with Lid.
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Vintage Franciscan China
Vintage Franciscan China "Arcadia Gold" Footed Demitasse Cup & Saucer
$1.99
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Vintage Franciscan China Indian Summer Creamer
Vintage Franciscan China Indian Summer Creamer
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Vintage Franciscan China Aqua DAWN Coffee Pot & Lid Platinum Trim
Vintage Franciscan China Aqua DAWN Coffee Pot & Lid Platinum Trim
$109.95
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Vintage Franciscan Apple Pattern China: Made in England/Portugal - 90-pc. Set
Vintage Franciscan Apple Pattern China: Made in England/Portugal - 90-pc. Set
$750.00
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Franciscan ~ Desert Rose ~ Some Vintage China Pieces ~ Very Good to Mint
Franciscan ~ Desert Rose ~ Some Vintage China Pieces ~ Very Good to Mint
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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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SET OF 4 Vintage Franciscan China Dinner PlateS- Tahoe Pattern -
SET OF 4 Vintage Franciscan China Dinner PlateS- Tahoe Pattern -
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Lot of 3 Vintage Franciscan Apple China Dinner Plates ~11
Lot of 3 Vintage Franciscan Apple China Dinner Plates ~11" diameter made in USA
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Vintage Franciscan Ware China Apple Dinnerware USA Dish Set 18 Lot TV Back Stamp
Vintage Franciscan Ware China Apple Dinnerware USA Dish Set 18 Lot TV Back Stamp
$157.75
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Vintage Franciscan China Indian Summer Pair of Cereal Bowls 6
Vintage Franciscan China Indian Summer Pair of Cereal Bowls 6"
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Vintage Franciscan China Desert Rose Sugar Bowl California USA Gladding McBean
Vintage Franciscan China Desert Rose Sugar Bowl California USA Gladding McBean
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Franciscan ~ Hacienda ~ Some Vintage China Pieces ~ Mint
Franciscan ~ Hacienda ~ Some Vintage China Pieces ~ Mint
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72  Pc Set Vintage Franciscan China Stoneware Desert Rose USA
72 Pc Set Vintage Franciscan China Stoneware Desert Rose USA
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Vintage Franciscan China OLYMPIC Purple Violet Flowers Oval Vegetable Bowl
Vintage Franciscan China OLYMPIC Purple Violet Flowers Oval Vegetable Bowl
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Vintage Franciscan Desert Rose Bowl Roses Stamp Made In England Antique China
Vintage Franciscan Desert Rose Bowl Roses Stamp Made In England Antique China
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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 -
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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 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
$3.50
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4 VINTAGE USA CALIFORNIA DESERT ROSE FRANCISCAN CHINA PINK COFFEE TEA CUP SAUCER
4 VINTAGE USA CALIFORNIA DESERT ROSE FRANCISCAN CHINA PINK COFFEE TEA CUP SAUCER
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Vintage 20 Pc FRANCISCAN Gladding McBean BRENTWOOD 5 Pc 4 Place Settings China
Vintage 20 Pc FRANCISCAN Gladding McBean BRENTWOOD 5 Pc 4 Place Settings China
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