It is a cold rainy day in NJ. BRRRR.
I really like the bright colors of Fiesta Ware, but have never really known that much about this collectible, so I did a little research for myself and to share with you. I also found a shop specializing in Fiesta Ware at the Tomato Factory Antique Center in Hopewell, NJ. My photographs of Fiesta Ware were taken there, with permission.
A Brief History of Fiesta Ware
In 1936 the Homer Laughlin China Company introduced the Fiesta dinnerware line. Five colors were available, including red, cobalt blue, yellow, green and ivory. The colors were selected to blend well together in order to be able to mix pieces of different colors together. Early in 1937, turquoise was added.
A cobalt blue gravy boat and bowl circa 1936.
A turquoise coffee mug circa 1937.
In the 1950s, Fiesta Ware was produced in different colors, including forest greem, gray, rose, chartreuse, and finally medium-green. Here is a rose bowl circa 1950.
In 1986, a new line of Fiesta Ware was developed. The new line did not include the exact original colors. One new color has been introduced each year and Fiesta dinnerware has become one of the most collectible items on the market today.
Pieces in the new Fiesta line are more angular/square in shape than the original round shape. It is important to learn the difference in the original and newer lines so as not to be taken advantage of by an unethical dealer.
Three makers marks were used on the original line: “Fiesta/HLC USA”, “HLC/Fiesta/Made in USA”, and “Fiesta/Made in USA/HL Co.”. Fiesta has been widely copied and since about 1940 the company also used the mark “Genuine”. Color also helps determine the age of a piece of Fiesta Ware. If you know when a specific color was made, then you know the age of the piece.
Knock-offs of original Fiesta Ware also have circles near the rim of each piece that are all equidistant from each other, rather than getting closer and closer together as on this true Fiesta Ware piece.
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