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  2. It's an issue of supply and demand. Old pieces are rare. And rare pieces are what avid Frankoma collectors really go for. Frankoma began manufacturing pottery in Oklahoma in the early 1930s. Almost anything made then will drive collectors wild. Pieces made through the 1930s, on through the 1940s and even into the '50s up until Frankoma stopped using Ada clay (I think the supply was mined out) still command good. After that, value falls rapidly, generally speaking. Frankoma collectors have educated themselves on how to spot a valuable piece. There are books with excellent photos, production dates and Frankoma history, if you're interested. I particularly recommend Collector's Guide to Frankoma Pottery 1933 to 1990 by Gary V. Schaum. I think it's out of print at this time, but new and used copies are available on amazon.com. I just noticed that the original question is dated September 21, 2014, but was posted here just a few hours ago. I hope this information is helpful to anyone with a similar question.
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  4. I have lots of Riviera but not much Harlequin. Both patterns, though, are very distinctive. You can tell a lot by just looking at good photographs of pieces -- like on eBay or other sources. On eBay, search for Homer Laughlin Riviera or vintage Riviera or Riviera Century pattern. Or see if you can find a book on collectible American glassware with good photos. I don't recall ever seeing backstamps on the pieces. Remember, Riviera is pretty old -- mostly made in the 30s. Much Riviera/Century is solid colors, but there are also many delightful decal patterns that are extremely collectible, like this Mexicana pattern on HLC century -- https://www.ebay.com/itm/Homer-Laughlin-Mexicana-Platter-Red-Trim-Nice/113530950704?hash=item1a6ef8d430:g:M0cAAOSwD89bumW0:rk:4:pf:1&frcectupt=true There are dozens of different decals, some of them quite rare. I think Century is one of the most enjoyable patterns to collect because it's not as common as regular Fiesta. When you find something you like, it's exciting. People are always suspecting Fiesta pieces of being "counterfeit" but I think that's rarely happens. I don't think anyone ever attempted to counterfeit Riviera because it was never very valuable until it became collectible. Bear in mind that much of the old dishes made by Homer Laughlin Company was used as enticement to buy certain brands of food. I'm not sure it was Riviera, but I know some HLC dishes came free inside boxes of oatmeal! I just wouldn't worry too much about whether it's authentic or not. Look at it on eBay and see if what you're being offered looks resembles it. I will add that the solid Riviera colors are ivory, red, blue, green and yellow. I think that's all. The decal pieces are on ivory. Hope you find this helpful, and do let me know if you have questions.
  5. I have a chance to purchase a box of vintage fiesta riveria and a few harlequin pieces. None of the pieces have marks on the bottom. Can someone advise me? Was riveria marked? Harlequin? How do I tell if it is authentic? I’ve only collected fiestaware before, not riveria nor harlequin. Thank you.
  6. ks-okie

    Red Apple Cookie Jar wanted

    Sondra - I am also puzzled by your "Frankoma Red Apple cookie jar'. I have reference documents from Frankoma researchers and authors that list all Frankoma pieces. I searched for "apple" and the only thing labeled apple is a ring holder that can also be used as an apple baker. I found a comment in the Facebook Frankoma Pottery Fans group that someone called the 25 series canisters (includes a cookie jar) the apple canisters because they have round knobs on the bottom that looked like apples to them. I tried to Google OtraVia and didn't find any "sale" website that was in English. Good luck in finding your replacement - whether it is Frankoma or not. Jane
  7. plm555

    Red Apple Cookie Jar wanted

    Hi Sondra, Can you post a link to the photo you found? I've been collecting Frankoma for years, but I have never seen something called a Frankoma red apple cookie jar. My Frankoma tastes, however, run to the vintage pieces, and perhaps this cookie jar is a newer piece. I would really like to see what you're looking for. I'm sorry your cookie jar is no longer with us. You have my sympathy; it's hard to lose treasured pieces regardless of how they're lost. Patricia
  8. Sondra E.

    Red Apple Cookie Jar wanted

    I am desperately looking to replace a Frankoma Red Apple cookie jar that was accidentally broken. I found a picture of it on OtraVia item #2606199988 but cannot figure out how to purchase it. It looks like it may just be a picture from a private collection. Any ideas?
  9. Sorry to hear about that. I know how awful it feels when you lose or break a treasured piece. So here's a shout-out to our readers. If you have or know anyone who has this Frankoma plate: The 1972 University of Oklahoma Seed Sower plate, please let us hear from you. Patricia Mitchell
  10. I'm looking for a commemorative plate made in 1972. It has the University of Oklahoma seed sower on the front. My mother broke hers while moving and is devistated. Thanks
  11. Could someone tell me what these pieces are and if they are worth anything. Found in in-laws house and not sure. Thank you!
  12. Shortylee

    Lee supply

    My Last Name is Lee and my Family is from OK. So I am just out for as many cups I can find for the family. I will buy any color and pay for shipping
  13. plm555

    Lee supply

    Are you with the Lee Supply Co. in Tulsa? And did Frankoma make cups for your company in the past? If so, I will bet that "somebody out there" has one or more of those cups. You can check eBay from time to time hoping something might show up. But it would be great if someone on this forum could point you in the right direction. Good luck!
  14. Shortylee

    Lee supply

    Does anyone have any lee supply coffee cups for sale
  15. ks-okie

    Seeking INDIAN MADONNA #104

    It is a beautiful figure. I have had mine for years. There are several listed on Ebay but I noticed that the prices of the ones for sale were about $20 higher than ones that have recently sold. It looks like you should get one for $50 or less. There are some "for sale" Frankoma groups on Facebook too. This is a helpful Frankoma reference website put together by a long time Frankoma collector. Click on the item # to see a picture of the item. http://www.frankomacollector.com/Index Files/MoldIndex9.html
  16. I wish to purchase THE INDIAN MADONNA, one of five statuettes that Frankoma was authorized to reproduce from Willard Stone’s original wood carvings. I am only interested in the brown bisque version, not the white. Any offers to sell or suggested leads on locating one for sale will be most appreciated. Thank you.
  17. plm555

    Sell mom's Frankhoma?

    Other than placing ads in local papers, I think you have three options: #1 eBay. On eBay you have the advantage of looking at other Frankoma sales to see asking prices for pieces similar to yours. #2 Antique malls near you. Visit malls near you and chat with various sellers. You might take along photos (or lists) of what you have. #3 Facebook. There are several Frankoma groups on facebook. Search on Frankoma and they should come up. Some day in the distant future, I hope, my son will have the same this problem, too. My Frankoma is less dish sets and more art pieces, but the problem will be the same. Good luck. Patricia
  18. Reek@111

    Sell mom's Frankhoma?

    Have you tried posting on local classified sites? I might be interested if you are near Austin.
  19. marketymark

    Frankoma teapot black onyx

    Thanks so much for the information! You're absolutely right that the clay in the lid is redder than the clay in the teapot itself. So I guess that narrows it down to Saplupa clay. I'll put it online at Etsy, sometimes collectors make comments there too, and if I'll let you know if anything interesting develops: )
  20. plm555

    Frankoma teapot black onyx

    From the Frankoma 1981 Catalog page, 6T is a 6-cup teapot (as opposed to the smaller version -- 6J). Apparently, your teapot originally sold for $8.50, but that price is totally irrelevant today. It's hard to judge colors in online photos, but the clay in the teapot body does not match the clay in the lid. The dark red clay Frankoma used after it stopped using Ada clay gradually gave way to dark pink, then lighter pink and eventually to a light clay. I have the 6J teapot in Sunflower Yellow and have noticed that the clay in the body and lid also don't match. (Sunflower was used only between 1958 and 1960.) My best Frankoma source book pictures this piece (6T), but is silent on production dates. My gut feeling is this piece could have been made anywhere from in the late fifties to the early eighties since it was in the 1981 catalog. I'm sorry I can't be more specific, but I can't find any documentation to help me out here. For more information, you might try one of the Frankoma fan sites on Facebook or taking a look on eBay. Please let us know if you find out anything interesting.
  21. ks-okie

    Frankoma

    I copied and modified my comment to someone else with Frankoma to sell in a previous post. This is a difficult task and may not be very rewarding financially as Frankoma values have dropped a lot in the last few years. The price drop has been great for buyers, but not for sellers. 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). It sounds like you may have a complete set of the elephant mugs since the first one was issued in 1968. On Ebay, the 1968 mug has sold for $5 to $13 recently. The mugs with candidate names sometimes go for more, but in general the mugs are about $5. 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
  22. marketymark

    Frankoma teapot black onyx

    Howdy! I have this black Frankoma teapot in excellent condition. I believe it's a Black Onyx glaze, (pretty rare, I think) on Ada clay but I'd love to hear from folks who know more than I do. It would be great to get an idea of its value, too. The maker's mark reads Frankoma 6T. There are some pictures below.Thanks so much! Mark
  23. Rleller

    Frankoma

    I have my mother in laws inventory she was a dealer years ago in southern Illinois. 100 Elephant mugs from 1968-2010. Dinnerware vases shoes ducks also 5 signature canisters like to unload all. Some help please
  24. ks-okie

    Frankoma pottery a set of dishes

    Selling your set may be somewhat difficult and not 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. 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. If the glaze is white vs cream then it is called White Sand. If you bought them new in the 70's then your clay is the "newer" pink clay. "Usually" Frankoma pottery in the pink clay and newer glazes, like white, are priced lower than older dinnerware in the old glazes. Your set would be good for someone wanting to use the Frankoma dinnerware vs collect for value. 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 You can determine the pattern of your dinnerware by looking at the number on the bottom: Dishes that start with 4 are Lazybones, 5 are Plainsman, 6 are Westwind,, 7 are Mayan-Aztec (distinctive pattern on edges), 94 are Wagon Wheel (distinctive pattern).
  25. ks-okie

    Frankoma set- Need guidance

    Selling your set, which looks like it is mismatched and not complete, may be somewhat difficult and not 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. 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 Your dinnerware looks like it is the 50 / 60's red clay with Brown Satin glaze, from what I can tell from the pictures. You have a mixture of dishware patterns, which is not unusual. Dishes that start with 4 are Lazybones, 5 are Plainsman, 6 are Westwind,. The salt & pepper are Plainsman.
  26. I have a set of dishes I think for eight they are white don't know the pattern never been up packed I got them in the early 70's will try to take a pic of them and post any idea
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