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  1. What a surprise! I didn't know Frankoma made these tiles. Your problem is an interesting one to have. I googled "restoration of pottery" and came up with quite a few results. One in particular, Hamlin's Restoration Studio, has impressive photos of pieces they have restored. Their website is at I would love to see a photo of your fireplace, along with information about the tiles on your fireplace, as well as those you are salvaging from the house being torn down. Thank you for writing, and I hope you will keep in touch as to your success. Best of luck! Patricia Mitchell
  2. Hello Daphne, While I am no expert on the Christmas design you mention, I will look into this since I have a great deal of interest in anything Fiesta. It would be most helpful if you can post a photo of the large disc pitcher in question. Patricia
  3. Wow! What a find! The Gary Schaum Collector's Guide to Frankoma Pottery values this piece (excellent cat mark, by the way) at $500-$600. But it's really hard to predict what a piece -- even a great, rare piece such as yours -- will bring. Also, if the color in your photo is true, I don't think it's Prairie Green, which didn't come into being until 1944. Instead, I think it looks more like Blue-Grey Jade, which was used between 1934 and 1938. Your photo appears to have a bluish cast to it, so that's my best guess. If so, that would make it even more rare. The only apparent damage in your photo is the tiny chip at the base of the neck. If that's the only imperfection, I think the piece would still bring top dollar. All you have to do is find someone willing to pay top dollar. This is a piece that a serious Frankoma collector would love to have.
  4. My personal taste buds do not detect a noticeable difference between dark and light brown sugar in this recipe. However, the color of the custard will be darker when using dark brown sugar. This pie recipe is scrumptious both ways, but light brown sugar makes the filling look more butterscotchy (I don't think that's a real word, but you get my drift). I hope this answers your question, and thanks for writing.
  5. You can use either light or dark brown sugar depending upon your personal preference. The pie pictured on our recipe page was made with light brown sugar, and it is most definitely delicious. Dark brown sugar would give an excellent result, too, with perhaps an equally sweet but deeper flavor. Try it and let us know what you think! Yours is a good question. Thank you for writing. Texas Cooking Crew
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  7. A photo would be worth a thousand words here. You open an account at one of the free online photo storage sites (like and put photos there. Then you can link from those photos to your post. Old, vintage Fiesta was pretty cheap by today's standards, so that 29-cent price may have been a yard sale or thrift store price. We'd all like to your teacups.
  8. If you're not willing to go the eBay route, you should get the word out about your collection (specific pieces, glazes, etc.) wherever you can. You are certainly welcome to use this forum to post your Frankoma inventory. You may also be able to make some connections through two facebook pages, (1) Frankoma Pottery Fans, and (2) Frankoma Collectors Vintage Pottery Collectors Club. Those pages are frequented by both collectors and sellers, some of whom are antique dealers. If you have your inventory in a word processing document, you can just use the copy/paste function to create a post here for lots of Frankoma lovers (including me) to see. Let me know if you have any questions.
  9. Boy! This is a new one on me. I've been collecting Frankoma for about the same amount of time as you, but I mainly collect the art pottery. I have some Wagon Wheel dishes, but I just display them. Most of my stuff is Ada clay. I would be interested in knowing how old your Prairie Green pitcher is. Is it Ada clay or Sapulpa? And have you checked the inside of the piece to make sure that it's completely glazed? I have no idea what the "goo" could be. Come on, readers. If anyone can shed some light on this, please do so.
  10. It sounds like you have a "tripod" or "pyramid" candle holder. You can refer to our Fiesta Pyramid Candlesticks page at this link: and read about the difference between vintage and Post-86 pieces. I assume that's what you mean when you say "original" or "reproduction." Also, you can look at the many other current eBay listings of these candleholders. I notice that quite a few of them do not have visible Fiesta markings on the bottom. A heavily glaze on a piece will obscure the backstamp. I hope this answers your questions but, if not, let us know, and we'll try and dig up whatever information it is that you need.
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  12. Your piece appears to be a (very nice) Post-86 turquoise teapot. And let me just add here that your photos are excellent. First, a little history. The Homer Laughlin China Company produced Fiesta dinnerware beginning in 1934 and ending in the early 1970s (around 1973). Those early pieces are what is known as "vintage" Fiesta. In 1986, the company begin producing Fiesta again. The look was much the same, but the china was heavier, denser, vitreous, able to withstand higher temperatures, microwave ovens, and contained no lead. Some vintage pieces were not carried forward in the Post-86 line, and much of the Post-86 line contained new shapes that were not in the vintage line. Even though there were differences between vintage and Post-86 Fiesta, the company used the same backstamp molds for many pieces. In order to avoid confusion (Is my teapot vintage or Post-86?), HLC added an "H" to the Post-86 backstamp so that there would be no question about correctly identifying the age of the piece. Your teapot is undeniably a Post-86 teapot, and the "H" proves it. Let us know if you have questions. And thanks for writing.
  13. The description of your cobalt platter has a suspicious ring to it. A "B 7" mark makes no sense. I have a few of these platters, and they all bear the molded Fiesta backstamp. Is there a small circle of concentric rings in the center of the platter. Are there bordering lines around the edge? If it's Fiesta, they should be there. You do not mention the kind of bowl that has no mark. The best thing you can do is to take some very good photos and post them. You post photos here by opening an account at one of the free online photo storage sites like PhotoBucket. Then you can link from there to our board. As you might imagine, Cobalt is hard to photograph because it's dark but, with the right light, it can be done. Oddly enough, some pieces that mimic Fiesta are actually made by Homer Laughlin (the company that makes Fiesta). The company does a very large business producing dinnerware for restaurants. Some of it is virtually identical to Fiesta, but does not have the Fiesta backstamps. Try to post a photo, and we can give you a more definite opinion. Thanks for posting!
  14. The simplest way to post a photo or photos is to open a free account with an online photo website (like -- up to 2GB storage is completely free), post your photo(s) there and link to them with the tools here. To get accurate color representation, sometimes it works best to take your piece outside and photograph it in natural light, but not really bright sunlight. I think you're right about the gray. It's Pearl Gray, a Post-86 glaze. As to the other two, it sounds as if you have two pieces that were very heavily glazed. Sometimes the glaze is so thick that it obscures the backstamp. I hope you can post photos. I'm eager to see your pitchers.
  15. The book I quoted from yesterday ("Fiesta, Harlequin, Kitchen Kraft Dinnerwares") has relevant information about unmarked Fiesta. If you intend to collect or deal in Fiesta, I highly recommend that you get this book. has it, and whether you buy it new or used, it's really worth having. See In the section discussing the 13" chop plates, it reads as follows: Once the design of the Fiesta plate was finished, it was fairly easy for the modeling shop to create variations in different sizes. Round serving platters were used for serving "steaks and chops", thus the name for this one. The 13" plate was original to the line and was made until 1969. Made by jiggering, the plates changed very little over the years. There are slight variations in the pattern or number of rings in the center of the foot, which may identify the individual jigger machines. Like all plates, this one was marked with the "Genuine Fiesta" backstamp, but some occasionally missed being marked. Missing backstamps should have no effect on a plate's appeal to collectors. All vintage Fiesta plates have a glazed foot and three sagger pin marks in the glaze on the bottom. The missing backstamp issue mentioned above applies to many Fiesta pieces, not just the 13" chop plates. I wish you success in selling your Fiesta. It sounds as if you have some nice vintage pieces.