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:

EXC VINTAGE 1950s FRANCISCAN CHINA APPLE PATTERN GRANDMUG LOT OF 4 USA MADE A600
EXC VINTAGE 1950s FRANCISCAN CHINA APPLE PATTERN GRANDMUG LOT OF 4 USA MADE A600
$41.00 (6 Bids)
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FRANCISCAN CHINA DAWN PATTERN SET OF 8 CUPS AND SAUCERS PLATINUM TRIMMED VINTAGE
FRANCISCAN CHINA DAWN PATTERN SET OF 8 CUPS AND SAUCERS PLATINUM TRIMMED VINTAGE
$39.99
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FRANCISCAN CHINA DAWN PATTERN SET OF 8 LUNCH PLATES PLATINUM TRIMMED VINTAGE
FRANCISCAN CHINA DAWN PATTERN SET OF 8 LUNCH PLATES PLATINUM TRIMMED VINTAGE
$39.99
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FRANCISCAN CHINA DAWN PATTERN SET OF 8 DINNER PLATES PLATINUM TRIMMED VINTAGE
FRANCISCAN CHINA DAWN PATTERN SET OF 8 DINNER PLATES PLATINUM TRIMMED VINTAGE
$39.99
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2 Vintage Franciscan China BALLET Retro Salmon Salad Plates, Mid-Century
2 Vintage Franciscan China BALLET Retro Salmon Salad Plates, Mid-Century
$9.95
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FRANCISCAN CHINA DAWN PATTERN SET OF 8 BREAD PLATES PLATINUM TRIMMED VINTAGE
FRANCISCAN CHINA DAWN PATTERN SET OF 8 BREAD PLATES PLATINUM TRIMMED VINTAGE
$39.99
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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 -
$24.99
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SET OF 4 Vintage Franciscan China Dinner PlateS- Tahoe Pattern -
SET OF 4 Vintage Franciscan China Dinner PlateS- Tahoe Pattern -
$39.99
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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
$19.99
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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
$37.95
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Vintage Franciscan China Aqua DAWN Covered Sugar Bowl Platinum Trim
Vintage Franciscan China Aqua DAWN Covered Sugar Bowl Platinum Trim
$34.95
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VINTAGE FRANCISCAN CHINA APPLE PATTERN 10
VINTAGE FRANCISCAN CHINA APPLE PATTERN 10" ROUND SERVING BOWL
$13.00
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5 Vintage Beautiful Retro FRANCISCAN CHINA SILVER PINE Coffee Cup and Saucers
5 Vintage Beautiful Retro FRANCISCAN CHINA SILVER PINE Coffee Cup and Saucers
$29.00
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Vintage 1960's Franciscan China Maytime Serviing Platter Daisy Flower Design 13
Vintage 1960's Franciscan China Maytime Serviing Platter Daisy Flower Design 13"
$7.49
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4 VINTAGE FRANCISCAN CHINA DEL MONTE 8-3/8
4 VINTAGE FRANCISCAN CHINA DEL MONTE 8-3/8" SALAD PLATES-CALIFORNIA
$17.99
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SET OF (2) VINTAGE FRANCISCAN CHINA APPLE PATTERN TEA BAG / SPOON RESTS
SET OF (2) VINTAGE FRANCISCAN CHINA APPLE PATTERN TEA BAG / SPOON RESTS
$10.00
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VINTAGE USA CALIFORNIA DESERT ROSE FRANCISCAN CHINA 8
VINTAGE USA CALIFORNIA DESERT ROSE FRANCISCAN CHINA 8" SERVING VEGETABLE BOWL
$19.99
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FRANCISCAN SILVER PINE CHINA - 3-PIECE LUNCHEON OR DESSERT TEA SET - VINTAGE  V
FRANCISCAN SILVER PINE CHINA - 3-PIECE LUNCHEON OR DESSERT TEA SET - VINTAGE V
$28.00
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Vintage FRANCISCAN Fine China MARIPOSA Floral Gold Rim Sugar Creamer
Vintage FRANCISCAN Fine China MARIPOSA Floral Gold Rim Sugar Creamer
$19.99
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Vintage Franciscan Autumn China Creamer and Covered Sugar with Lid.
Vintage Franciscan Autumn China Creamer and Covered Sugar with Lid.
$8.95
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Vintage FRANCISCAN ARCADIA GOLD Fine Bone CHINA Coffee CUPS & SAUCERS 12 Exc!
Vintage FRANCISCAN ARCADIA GOLD Fine Bone CHINA Coffee CUPS & SAUCERS 12 Exc!
$54.99
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VINTAGE FRANCISCAN CHINA OLYMPIC PATTERN OVAL PLATTER 12
VINTAGE FRANCISCAN CHINA OLYMPIC PATTERN OVAL PLATTER 12"
$11.00
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Vintage Franciscan China Carmel Creamer
Vintage Franciscan China Carmel Creamer
$10.99
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Vintage Franciscan Desert Rose China Set Of 2 Large Oval Serving Platter
Vintage Franciscan Desert Rose China Set Of 2 Large Oval Serving Platter
$22.50
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Vtg Franciscan China 1950s Starburst Divided 8
Vtg Franciscan China 1950s Starburst Divided 8" Serving Bowl - Atomic Retro
$32.00
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VTG FRANCISCAN SILVER PINE CHINA Turquoise Aqua Salad Plates 8 1/4
VTG FRANCISCAN SILVER PINE CHINA Turquoise Aqua Salad Plates 8 1/4" - Set of 4
$49.75
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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 Fine China Del Monte Dinner Plate 10 5/8
Vintage Franciscan Fine China Del Monte Dinner Plate 10 5/8" California
$5.00
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Pair vintage Franciscan Pottery CANDLE HOLDERS atomic mid century china sticks
Pair vintage Franciscan Pottery CANDLE HOLDERS atomic mid century china sticks
$57.93
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Vintage Franciscan Earthenware Tulip Time 40 Ounce Pitcher Mid Century China
Vintage Franciscan Earthenware Tulip Time 40 Ounce Pitcher Mid Century China
$24.99
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