Franciscan Country Craft Earthenware came out in 1981, shortly before the company ceased production in California. This design is done in what is called the coupe shape. This pattern is gaining in popularity and is nearly as popular as its contemporary, the Starburst pattern. Franciscan Desert Rose is one of the most popular dinnerware patterns and is highly collectible. The background is a cream with a platinum trim. She bought a very large set of including the large serving pieces.
I have a pristine set consisting of one small platter, 4 salad plates, 6 of the 8 inch dinner plates, 6 of the 10 inch dinner plates, 4 small cups, 4 cereal bowls, and a salt and pepper shaker set. In fact, the trend is moving toward everything being made in China, so if you want beautiful well-made handcrafted items, second-hand is becoming the only way to buy them. The English versions have a slightly different look to them. El Patio is the oldest pattern produced by Franciscan. Franciscan Radiance dates back to 1958. After my grandmother's death, her dishes were given to other relatives as we have a large, extended family.
Franciscan introduced Cameo in 1959 as part of its Masterpiece China. Except for the platters, the serving pieces do not have the floral design. Sierra Sand by Franciscan has a speckled cream background with rings of green, tan and brown around the rim. Franciscan Potteries made the Reflections pattern in several different solid colors. It features a cream background with yellow rim and a circle of various small fruits. Note that this will by no means be a complete listing, just a few names of popular dishwasher safe patterns to get you started. Below is a plate that was made in England.
Since the manufacturers of Franciscan used a high fire one fire process, the lead in the glaze has been considered stable. Pink-A-Dilly is a Franciscan Whitestone pattern. Franciscan Royal Renaissance was produced from 1964 to 1977. I have some California made dishes from my grandmother that I worry are too fragile for everyday use, namely dishwasher and microwave use. Franciscan Potteries made the Reflections pattern in several different solid colors. The pattern was discontinued in 1981. The English version of Franciscan's Apple design is slightly smaller than the California pottery.
I envision holding a wedding rehearsal dinner with them all some day I can dream anyway. I cannot find references detailed the exact chronology of the marks appearing on cups and small pieces, so I have tried to place those where I think they belong, based on cup and saucer pairs I have found in intact estate sets and correlating the type and size of the decorators' marks. We all receive those odd items as gifts that we have no need for and never use. Franciscan It's a Breeze is a Whitestone pattern from 1959. This Franciscan Shasta pattern is so colorful! Franciscan's Maytime china pattern has a white background with pink and blue flowers. I haven't been able to find it in any books or on the web.
It is solid colored and dates back to 1934. The background is still cream-colored but the trim is a royal blue. Last week I found about half a set for 4 with the Gladding McBean mark!!!! After 1985 the production of this pattern moved to England. If possible, keep other dishes and utensils separate from the fine china in the dishwasher or wash them in a separate cycle. It is still in production.
Using Franciscan ware in the oven is not recommended. She might want to just 'test' the dishwasher with one or two pieces. They still have their original paper labels. She urged me to start picking up a few pieces as well, because she knew how much I missed my grandmother, and she thought this would be a way to keep her memory alive. It is not embossed but has a smooth finish.
The Rose Rugosa, rugged wild rose of poem and song, was a natural design selection. Franciscan Maypole was produced from 1974 to 1977. Franciscan's Madeira earthenware no to be confused with the glassware of the same name has a dark brown background with a complex pattern of green and tannish flowers. It was produced from 1965 to 1972. This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness. Tiger Flower was produced by Gladden McBean from 1937 to 1942. The Franciscan Cloud Nine Whitestone pattern came out in 1960.
Now I have inherited hers so have a great collection. You can also have someone help you dry them using a soft towel. Any input or advice would be greatly appreciated! It is solid colored and dates back to 1934. You can't get any better than this for your Thanksgiving table! Hand washing fine china with gold or silver bands is recommended. I am partial to Franciscan October pattern since I have and love it.
By the way, the dinnerware with all the food in it on the cover of Microwave Cooking for One is the Franciscan collection. If so, please leave a comment. Some fine china makers will also note on the bottom of the china if it is dishwasher safe. It looks like a series of snow flakes and small branches. The border has a wide band of light brown with a narrower darker brown inner rim.