Wait – I’m Confused
Recently, in Tuesday Morning, which is a retail store full of brand new Made In Some Eastern Country stuff, I saw this and did a double take!
Why, that looks an awful lot like the vintage Franciscan Desert Rose dishes that collectors love, the ones that were made in the 1950s, that are sold in antique stores, like this nice set I saw while junkin a while back.
I know, right? Well, just wait until you see what was on the back. You just might be surprised.
Or maybe you already knew someone was still making these? I had just assumed that, like nearly everything else once made in the USA, these dishes were no longer manufactured.
So what does one do in this day and age when one wonders about something?
I “Googled” it.
I discovered this wonderful website, Franciscan Ceramics Archive, that had the answer! The short story is that the Gladding McBean Pottery, who made the Franciscan line, was sold and sold and sold again, finally landing in England, and currently owned by Waterford Wedgewood (assuming that information is up to date). They still hold the trademark and are still making both the Desert Rose and the Apple patterns!
The new dishes I saw were really beautiful, good quality, and priced about what the vintage ones usually sell for.
I resisted the temptation to buy any. So far 🙂 Besides, we vintage lovers would rather have the olde ones. Just because they’re olde.
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