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 FRANCISCAN Fine China MARIPOSA Floral Gold Rim Sugar Creamer
Vintage FRANCISCAN Fine China MARIPOSA Floral Gold Rim Sugar Creamer
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Vintage Beautiful Retro Dinner Plate FRANCISCAN CHINA SILVER PINE Mid Century
Vintage Beautiful Retro Dinner Plate FRANCISCAN CHINA SILVER PINE Mid Century
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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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EXC VINTAGE FRANCISCAN CHINA STARBURST PATTERN 2 COUPE SOUP CEREAL BOWLS USA
EXC VINTAGE FRANCISCAN CHINA STARBURST PATTERN 2 COUPE SOUP CEREAL BOWLS USA
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 Vintage mid century Franciscan china salt and pepper shaker apple (J 73 )
Vintage mid century Franciscan china salt and pepper shaker apple (J 73 )
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4 Vintage Franciscan Earthenware China  saucers
4 Vintage Franciscan Earthenware China saucers
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Vintage FRANCISCAN Fine China MARIPOSA Floral Gold Rim Dinner Salad Bread Plates
Vintage FRANCISCAN Fine China MARIPOSA Floral Gold Rim Dinner Salad Bread Plates
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Franciscan 'Blue Fancy' Coffee Tea Pot Vintage China Dinnerware Made In Japan GC
Franciscan 'Blue Fancy' Coffee Tea Pot Vintage China Dinnerware Made In Japan GC
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10 Franciscan China Cup and Saucer Sets Platinum Renaissance Vintage LOT
10 Franciscan China Cup and Saucer Sets Platinum Renaissance Vintage LOT
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VINTAGE FRANCISCAN CHINA DESERT ROSE DESSERT BREAD PLATES - SET OF 3
VINTAGE FRANCISCAN CHINA DESERT ROSE DESSERT BREAD PLATES - SET OF 3
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Vintage Franciscan China Syrup/Gravy Pitcher W/Attached Drip-Plate 5
Vintage Franciscan China Syrup/Gravy Pitcher W/Attached Drip-Plate 5"x7" EUC
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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 1960s Franciscan HERITAGE Moss Green Flowers Scroll 13
Vintage 1960s Franciscan HERITAGE Moss Green Flowers Scroll 13" Serving Platter
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Quantity Available 10.5" DINNER PLATE Franciscan Arcadia Gold Fine China Vintage
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Vintage Franciscan Set of Two Large Serving Bowls Pottery China
Vintage Franciscan Set of Two Large Serving Bowls Pottery China
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Vintage Franciscan China Gladding McBean Autumn Leaves 5 Cup Teapot with Lid
Vintage Franciscan China Gladding McBean Autumn Leaves 5 Cup Teapot with Lid
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3 Vintage Franciscan Earthenware China  7 Inch Cereal Soup Bowls
3 Vintage Franciscan Earthenware China 7 Inch Cereal Soup Bowls
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Vintage USA China Franciscan Desert Rose Covered Casserole Dish
Vintage USA China Franciscan Desert Rose Covered Casserole Dish
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Vtg Franciscan APPLE China Earthenware Dishes 5 Pc Place Setting(s)
Vtg Franciscan APPLE China Earthenware Dishes 5 Pc Place Setting(s)
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Franciscan PLATE  Family China~
Franciscan PLATE Family China~"WINSOME"~Vintage Platter
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2 Vintage Franciscan Ware China Desert Rose Salad Plates California Logo SEE PIC
2 Vintage Franciscan Ware China Desert Rose Salad Plates California Logo SEE PIC
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Vintage Franciscan Huntington Fine China Platinum Trim Six Piece Place Setting
Vintage Franciscan Huntington Fine China Platinum Trim Six Piece Place Setting
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Vintage FRANCISCAN Desert Rose Earthenware Rimmed Soup Bowl China Backstamp EUC
Vintage FRANCISCAN Desert Rose Earthenware Rimmed Soup Bowl China Backstamp EUC
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Franciscan China FREMONT Bread Plate Vintage Made in California
Franciscan China FREMONT Bread Plate Vintage Made in California
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VINTAGE FRANCISCAN FINE CHINA PLATE CARMEL PATTERN 8
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Vintage Franciscan
Vintage Franciscan "Desert Rose" China - Cup/Saucer set
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Vintage Franciscan Masterpiece China Cup Saucer Set Made In California USA
Vintage Franciscan Masterpiece China Cup Saucer Set Made In California USA
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VINTAGE FRANCISCAN CHINA APPLE TUMBLER HAND PAINTED EXCELLENT CONDITION, BRIGHT!
VINTAGE FRANCISCAN CHINA APPLE TUMBLER HAND PAINTED EXCELLENT CONDITION, BRIGHT!
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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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