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  1. You have a lovely Fiesta Coffee Server. This post-86 piece was discontinued in 2001. If the colors in your photos are really accurate, I believe that its color is Apricot -- not Rose. Apricot was produced from 1986 to 1998. (Here is a link to our page on Fiesta colors and shapes: http://www.texascooking.com/fiestaware/colorchart.htm ) I have this same piece, also in Apricot. The backstamp featured is common in post-86 pieces. I hope this information is helpful.
  2. Here is a link to our Fiesta identification page, which you may find helpful. In your case, however, the following excerpt from that page is this: "HLC could not mark some Fiesta items because of design considerations. Examples of items without backstamps include vintage juice tumblers, demitasse cups, teacups and salt and pepper shakers. Of the vintage line, some ashtrays, egg cups, sweets comports and onion soup bowls are marked, while others are not." It apparently comes down to the size of the bottom of a piece and if it's large enough to accommodate a backstamp. Hope this is helpful.
  3. Frankoma tile fireplace

    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 http://www.hamlinrestoration.com/pottery.html 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
  4. 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
  5. Need help w 134 Oriental Man

    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.
  6. Butterscotch Pie Recipe

    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. TexasCooking.com
  7. Butterscotch Pie Recipe

    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
  8. Don't miss these important auctions. You can go online now and inspect all the 3000 or so beautiful pieces that are up for bids. Copy the following links into your browser to view the auctions. Day 1 (Friday, April 10) can be viewed at http://www.liveauctioneers.com/catalog/67598_spring-fiesta-auction-day-11/page1 . Day 2 (Saturday, April 11) is at http://www.liveauctioneers.com/catalog/67599_spring-fiesta-auction-day-2/page1. Happy bidding!
  9. Red Teacup Puzzle

    A photo would be worth a thousand words here. You open an account at one of the free online photo storage sites (like shutterfly.com) 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.
  10. Pottery Collection - Where To Sell

    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.
  11. Frankoma Pitcher Leaching Brown Goo

    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.
  12. It sounds like you have a "tripod" or "pyramid" candle holder. You can refer to our Fiesta Pyramid Candlesticks page at this link: http://www.texascooking.com/fiestaware/Fiestaware-Pyramid-Candlesticks.htm 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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  14. 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.
  15. Real? Not Real?

    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!