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:

Lot of 5 Vintage Franciscan Desert Rose China Saucers 5 1/2
Lot of 5 Vintage Franciscan Desert Rose China Saucers 5 1/2"
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Vintage Franciscan china pottery Apple LOT 4 EGG CUPS Made USA dinnerware
Vintage Franciscan china pottery Apple LOT 4 EGG CUPS Made USA dinnerware
$17.87
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Vintage Antique FRANCISCAN china APPLE USA pattern 101 piece SET
Vintage Antique FRANCISCAN china APPLE USA pattern 101 piece SET
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Vintage Franciscan china pottery Apple LARGE TURKEY SERVING PLATTER dinnerware
Vintage Franciscan china pottery Apple LARGE TURKEY SERVING PLATTER dinnerware
$24.87
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Vintage Franciscan china pottery Apple SPICE JELLY JAR & LID Made USA dinnerware
Vintage Franciscan china pottery Apple SPICE JELLY JAR & LID Made USA dinnerware
$19.87
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Vintage FRANCISCAN WARE USA China Pottery COVERED JAR Jelly JAM Lid
Vintage FRANCISCAN WARE USA China Pottery COVERED JAR Jelly JAM Lid
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2 Vintage Franciscan china pottery Apple SPOON RESTS Made USA dinnerware
2 Vintage Franciscan china pottery Apple SPOON RESTS Made USA dinnerware
$14.87
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Franciscan China USA vintage Desert Rose dividied child's plate
Franciscan China USA vintage Desert Rose dividied child's plate
$30.00
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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
$34.99
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Vintage Franciscan Family China SPRINGSONG 5 inch Fruit Desert Bowl
Vintage Franciscan Family China SPRINGSONG 5 inch Fruit Desert Bowl
$5.00
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Vintage Franciscan China Radiance Serving Platter Plate
Vintage Franciscan China Radiance Serving Platter Plate
$14.50
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Vintage Franciscan china pottery Apple ROUND CANISTER LID ONLY dinnerware
Vintage Franciscan china pottery Apple ROUND CANISTER LID ONLY dinnerware
$17.87
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Vintage Franciscan china pottery Apple COFFEE PITCHER & LID Made USA dinnerware
Vintage Franciscan china pottery Apple COFFEE PITCHER & LID Made USA dinnerware
$17.87
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VINTAGE FRANCISCAN MENAGERIE BONE CHINA TRINKET DISH ZOO ANIMALS
VINTAGE FRANCISCAN MENAGERIE BONE CHINA TRINKET DISH ZOO ANIMALS
$35.00
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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
$7.99
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Vintage Franciscan Desert Rose China Collection 172 pieces signed
Vintage Franciscan Desert Rose China Collection 172 pieces signed
$1,999.99
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76 Pcs Vintage Franciscan China DESERT ROSE Plates Cups Serving Most USA-Made
76 Pcs Vintage Franciscan China DESERT ROSE Plates Cups Serving Most USA-Made
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2 Vintage Franciscan china pottery Apple 7 IN SERVING BOWLS Made USA dinnerware
2 Vintage Franciscan china pottery Apple 7 IN SERVING BOWLS Made USA dinnerware
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Vintage Franciscan china pottery Apple GRAVY BOAT SERVING Made USA dinnerware
Vintage Franciscan china pottery Apple GRAVY BOAT SERVING Made USA dinnerware
$14.87
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Vintage Franciscan Platinum Ivory China Huntington 6PC Cup & Saucers
Vintage Franciscan Platinum Ivory China Huntington 6PC Cup & Saucers
$22.50
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VINTAGE FRANCISCAN CHINA DEL MONTE 9.75
VINTAGE FRANCISCAN CHINA DEL MONTE 9.75" OVAL VEGETABLE SERVING BOWL-CALIFORNIA
$13.49
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2 Vintage Franciscan china pottery Apple CANDLE HOLDERS Made USA dinnerware
2 Vintage Franciscan china pottery Apple CANDLE HOLDERS Made USA dinnerware
$14.87
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Vintage FRANCISCAN CONSTANTINE 36 Piece 1967-76 Masterpiece China Ivory+Platinum
Vintage FRANCISCAN CONSTANTINE 36 Piece 1967-76 Masterpiece China Ivory+Platinum
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Franciscan China USA vintage Desert Rose pattern toast cover
Franciscan China USA vintage Desert Rose pattern toast cover
$28.00 (3 Bids)
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Vintage Franciscan Family China SPRINGSONG 10 Inch Dinner Plate
Vintage Franciscan Family China SPRINGSONG 10 Inch Dinner Plate
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Vintage Franciscan china pottery Apple DIVIDE RELISH TRAY SERVING USA dinnerware
Vintage Franciscan china pottery Apple DIVIDE RELISH TRAY SERVING USA dinnerware
$19.87
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 LOT 4 EXC VINTAGE 1950s FRANCISCAN CHINA APPLE 5
LOT 4 EXC VINTAGE 1950s FRANCISCAN CHINA APPLE 5" TUMBLERS CALIFORNIA USA A615
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Vintage FRANCISCAN China BALLET Teacup Coffee EXCELLENT!
Vintage FRANCISCAN China BALLET Teacup Coffee EXCELLENT!
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VINTAGE Franciscan Desert Rose China Salt & Pepper Shakers
VINTAGE Franciscan Desert Rose China Salt & Pepper Shakers
$29.99
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Vintage Franciscan china pottery Apple WATER PITCHER Made USA dinnerware
Vintage Franciscan china pottery Apple WATER PITCHER Made USA dinnerware
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