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Meeting Highlights & Program


August 2015


Mark and Tony displayed pieces from their near complete set of Franciscan Fresh Fruit dinnerware, the bulk of which they purchased from another collector earlier this year. The selected pieces were colorful and welcoming; it is easy to imagine a dining table set with Fresh Fruit. Mark summarized the Gladding, McBean & Company (Franciscan) story, including the sale of the company to International Pipe and Ceramics (Interpace) in 1962, which was then acquired by Wedgewood (England) in 1979, which was then acquired by Waterford (Ireland) in 1986, which then became part of a holding company, WWRD (Wedgewood, Waterford, Royal Doulton) in 2009. Traditional Franciscan decorated dinnerware has been a staple through all the acquisitions.

Fresh Fruit was introduced in 1980, using shapes from other Franciscan patterns (including Apple and Forget Me Not). Fresh Fruit was popular enough to make the leap to England with the Wedgewood sale. Collectors today will find both England and USA marks on pieces. The English production introduced new serving pieces, such as a coffeepot, teapot, salad bowl, and milk pitcher.

Tony and Mark find the set very usable. It is microwave safe and dishwasher safe and while sturdy, sets a great table. They shared the following pieces from their collection:

  • Rectangular microwave dish

  • Gravy with attached liner

  • Cup & saucer

  • Dinner plate

  • Mug

  • Salad plate

  • Bread & butter plate

  • Sugar & creamer

  • Napkin rings

  • Two-tier server

  • Butter dish

  • Salt & pepper

  • Covered casserole

  • Fruit bowl

  • 9" Vegetable bowl

  • Cereal bowl

  • Tiles (single fruit and double fruit)

  • 14" Platter



Show & Tell

Club members brought the following treasures for Show and Tell!  Here are some highlights from this meeting.  Descriptions of each treasure is found below the pictures using the corresponding number.




Fenton Lilac and Chinese Yellow covered Macaroon Jars, circa 1933


Fenton iridized Plum Opalescent Button and Arches basket, circa 1997


U.S. Glass ruby stain Manhattan (New York) pedestal cake stand, circa 1902


Jeannette pink Adam vase, made between 1932 and 1934


Northwood Rubina Royal Ivy Frosted miniature oil lamp and tumbler, from the late 1800s


Cambridge crystal Alpine Caprice handled basket and footed compote


Fostoria crystal frosted Victorian vase, circa 1900


On the left is a Seneca Jadeite Dimpled Optic #903 goblet; on the right is a Seneca green #903 cordial


On the left is a Fostoria topaz #4020 goblet; on the right is a Morgantown cobalt Plantation cordial