Franciscan Hand-Decorated Embossed Dinnerware

Franciscan Hand-Decorated Embossed Dinnerware

by James F. Elliot-Bishop


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Franciscan Hand-Decorated Embossed Dinnerware by James F. Elliot-Bishop

"Californiabased Gladding, McBean & Co. began producing Franciscan dinnerware in the 1930s. Their introduction of Franciscan Apple in 1940 heralded a new product line featuring heavily sculpted, embossed dinnerware handdecorated in brilliant colors. Desert Rose, introduced a year later, became the top selling dinnerware pattern in the world. Many additional patterns were produced through 1984, when the Franciscan plant in Glendale, California was closed. This comprehensive guide focuses solely on Franciscan handdecorated embossed dinnerware manufactured in the United States and includes Apple, Desert Rose (and its three variations), Wild Flowers, Ivy, Fruit, California Poppy, October, ForgetMeNot, Strawberry Fair, Strawberry Time, Fresh Fruit, Bountiful, Rosette, and Bouquet. Over 430 color photos illustrate these highly collectible pieces while the captions provide values, sizes, and other information for each pattern. An extensive company history and detailed shape listings are included. This is the complete reference for collectors of Franciscan handpainted embossed dinnerware."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764319860
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date: 02/28/2004
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 415,696
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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Franciscan Hand-Decorated Embossed Dinnerware 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very helpful for the history of Franciscan dinnerware. Extensive listing of specific items by year they were introduced. Especially good for collectors of Apple and Desert Rose. Excellent pictures, with dimensions specified. First part of book good history of 20th century California terra cotta ware.