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  2. 122 Collie in Flat Black

    Well, I’m surprised! Thank you for your input and I’ll be anxious to hear more!
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  4. 122 Collie in Flat Black

    Congratulations on your great find. This lovely sculptured collie's head is one of Frankoma's finest. I believe the glaze is gun metal, which would date it between 1933 and 1938. I'm at my office at the moment and without access to my Frankoma research materials, so I cannot give you a value approximation. I will get back to you, hopefully this evening, with more information.
  5. I am not a Frankoma collector, but found a beautiful collie bookend at the thrift store. It is flat black and a little over 7” tall. I think it is form #122. I can’t find anything online that would give me an idea of its worth. There isn’t anything like it on eBay. Can you help me learn more?
  6. Newbie here. Love and worry

    In addition to the Frankoma Pottery FAQ page posted by plm555 - you can go to the "Frankoma Pottery Fans" facebook group - and search for "lead". There has been several discussion as new people hear about the lead issue and ask like you did. Many people have used their Frankoma dishes daily for 40+ years and there has not been any reports of someone getting lead poisoning from Frankoma. Kandy McClendon Steeples, who worked at Frankoma for over 30 years posted this reply: "Frankoma was always produced within FDA guidelines. All manufacturers producing in the Unites States had to follow those guide lines and testing occurred frequently. There are still some glazes that have lead components available today. Those glazes are so costly to dispose of, most manufacturers are no longer producing them. You need to be careful of imported pottery where they don't follow FDA guidelines. I am not, nor have I ever been afraid of any Frankoma, but each person has to decide what they're comfortable using."
  7. Welcome To The Frankoma Discussion Board

    I have a divided dish that was my mothers in the late 40's or early 50's. It has "FRANKOMA" on the bottom as well as "94 QD" I am interested in selling it but have no idea its value. Can you help me? Pat
  8. Newbie here. Love and worry

    Here is a link to the Frankoma Pottery FAQ page. One of the questions addresses your situation: http://frankomapottery.com/frankoma_faq.html
  9. Newbie here. Love and worry

    I bought a gorgeous collection of dishes, bowls mugs etc.. from an estate sale on line. They were sent to me and are honestly the most beautiful pieces! In doing research this morning, I realize that the dishes are from 1980 and the mugs are 1948, etc.. I am worried about lead. I am a cancer survivor and I also have children. I don't think I can drink out of these mugs or serve my family from the plates as much as I would love to. I paid a pretty price for this collection and didn't do my research. My bad. Any insight? At this point I think I may have to take them to a consignment store. I wanted them for my family. SO SO beautiful! Any suggestions? 18 plates, 8 bowls, 8 mugs, pitcher, etc... They are Plainsman. Thank you.
  10. Sell mom's Frankhoma?

    This is a difficult task and may not be very rewarding financially. If you do not have any pieces in demand vs common dinnerware - you maybe better off donating it to a thrift store so you can write off the donation on your taxes. You need to determine the age of the pottery - mainly if it was older Ada clay (lighter creamy) or the more common red clay (two versions). The problem with dinnerware is that 1) there is a lot of it available; 2) it takes a lot of box space to wrap it well for shipping; and 3) it is expensive to ship because it is heavy. You can check value by looking at completed auctions on Ebay (vs current auctions only show the price the seller wants and often the item does not sell). There are some Frankoma Facebook groups for Frankoma reference "Frankoma Pottery Fans", and other groups for selling. You can also sell via Craig's list or a garage sell. This website has a lot of great information accumulated from Frankoma "experts" including the Frank family. http://www.frankomacollector.com/Index.html
  11. Bean pot questions

    After posting, I went back to the Frankoma Pottery forum here - and saw that the post pinned at the top is about care of Frankoma pottery. It has good advice too.
  12. Bean pot questions

    I'm sorry for the delay - very behind with email. After reading just now, I wasn't sure how to answer without pictures. I went to the Frankoma Pottery Friends FB page and searched for "safe to use". Saw a post by Joan Wagner on 1/25 with your same words that also included pictures. I'm guessing that Joan is you - catcuchilo@hotmail.com? I see the comments from Janice Spillane and others. I agree with Janice as she knows more about Frankoma than me. I don't see from the pictures and your comments how they can tell that your bean pot is Ada clay (oldest - light cream colored). However, I seldom have tried to bake in my Frankoma - except at a very low temperature and with newer pieces. Frankoma is known for crazing / glaze cracking and I would be careful of how I used a piece that had a lot of crazing. Jane
  13. Sell mom's Frankhoma?

    I inherited over 100 pieces of my mom's Prairie Green Frankhoma dinner ware. Since I have many other dish sets, I would like to sell the Frankhoma. Since this is new territory for me, I was hoping for some guidance as to the best way to sell the pieces. Thank you!
  14. Early Frankoma Piece

    Very interesting Rusty. It is one of the oldest pieces of Frankoma I have seen. There are over 2000 Frankoma collectors in a Facebook group called Frankoma Pottery Fans that would love to see this, if you would care to share it. The group includes former and current Frankoma employees and Frank family members. Here is a little history of Frankoma which shows how early this cup is: Frankoma Pottery was founded by John Nathaniel Frank, who was born in Chicago on January 31, 1905. A university art teacher, he accepted a position at the University of Oklahoma's newly created Ceramic Art Department where he taught courses in ceramics from 1927 to 1936. While Frank was still teaching, the he purchased a small building in Norman, Oklahoma to house their new business, Frank Potteries, which later became Frankoma Potteries. In 1933, John Frank met Joseph Taylor, who joined the University of Oklahoma Art Department. Taylor became a lifelong friend and eventually went on to design many of the early Frankoma Pottery sculptures. In February, 1938, the Franks moved to Sapulpa, Oklahoma, and built their new plant on the legendary Route 66, just outside of town.
  15. Bean pot questions

    I bought a bean pot with a stand. The inside of the pot has chips inside and orange stains. I'm concerned about both. Don't want to cook with chips out of the glaze. Is that safe? I was told by the seller that the orange stains are a normal for a vintage piece. She also said that the bean pot was intended for heating, hence the warming stand that would use a tea light. I assumed pottery would be used for cooking as well . Am I crazy or is she lying? Thanks for your time!
  16. Early Frankoma Piece

    Thanks, Rusty, for sharing this. Frankoma made countless specialty pieces, and your mom was fortunate indeed to have received this little cup. I believe this piece is known as a child's cup, and there's no doubting its date. Thanks again and best wishes. Patricia Mitchell TexasCooking.com
  17. Early Frankoma Piece

    Thanks for reading about my Frankoma story. My Mom, 92 years old, gave me this cup recently. She is from Norman OK and received this cup as an award when she was in 2nd grade in elementary school. I thought some of you Frankoma folks might enjoy seeing it. I know just a little about Frankoma pottery having seen some of pieces in our family and I have a few pretty pieces that I've picked up over the years but I'm no expert nor have very many pieces but I do like Frankoma designs very much! The Cup has "Medical Auxiliary Prize" & and "1934" in recessed letters and the marking FRANKOMA in block letters on the bottom of cup. Just wanted to share this as I believe it is an early piece from Frankoma Pottery Co. Would love to hear any comments. Thanks,
  18. Frankoma pottery

    Can you post some photos, or at least provide a description of the pieces you're interested in selling? That would be helpful to readers and potential buyers.
  19. Frankoma pottery

    I jave several pieces I would like to sell. Serious buyers only. I have pictures.
  20. Texas Shaped Waffle Maker Found

    Thanks, for sharing such an informative post.I used these type waffle iron for last 1.5 years. After reading your post my wife wants another waffle maker, which is Texas shape this coming Christmas. Thanks for the tips.
  21. Frankoma Animals For Sale

    Hello. I know it has been a long time since you posted this but I was wondering if you still had any animals for sale. Thanks.
  22. What year?

    Frankoma had to change the source / field for their clay which is what caused the change in clay color. The clay color was not changed due to additives. The original Frankoma clay, the lightest color, is known as Ada clay and was used from 1933-1954. The dark red clay, which collectors call "red clay", was used from 1955-1980's. The lighter pink clay, called pink or new clay, has been used since 1980's and is still in use by the latest owners of the Frankoma brand and molds. There is a great group of collectors and former Frankoma employees called Frankoma Pottery Fans on Facebook.
  23. Care Of Frankoma Pottery

    Thank you for all the useful info. I do not currently own any dinnerware or things you can cook in, but i found the information very helpful. I think the one piece I do own is a vase. Thanks again for the info.
  24. What year?

    What year did Frankoma start including the additives that changed the color of the Sapulpa clay from brick red to pink/orange?
  25. I, too, have Slate place settings, and the dinner and salad plates do not have back stamps. I bought mine directly from the Homer Laughlin Co. website, and there's no question that are authentic Fiesta. My guess is that Slate is so dark the black ink stamp would hardly show up. The mug and bowl included in the 4-piece place setting have markings that are part of the molds; however, I suppose HLC made new molds in recent years for the plates that do not include the embossed markings, hence the black ink stamps are in use.
  26. It's hard to tell because of the low lighting, but I would hazard to guess that these are Post-86 pieces in Rose. Also, I would guess that the covered casserole is a "second" because of the slight defects visible on both the bowl and the lid. Post-86 Rose was in production from 1986 to 2005, and Rose pieces sell well on ebay. Again, due to the dimness of the lighting, I am not certain about these glazes. They are my best guess with the conditions provided.
  27. Thank you very much! I was on the right track thanks for clarifying the color. Much appreciated and 100% satisfied. Thanks again.
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