Saturday, February 6, 2010

Fiestaware Identifying Marks

Any lover of the thrift knows to scoop up Fiestaware if found on the cheap. The rare find being an exciting score for it's vibrant colors, distinguishable style, and if you know how to spot vintage, its lucrative possibilities. New or old Fiestaware is a welcome and uncommon thrift store find, it just so happens the latter won't bode well for resale.


As it typically stands I'm one to find out how to recognize a valuable piece post sale and a not so valuable piece post purchase. And so it goes with the recent score of Fiestaware mugs and saucers. They sure are pretty but a SwagBucks search later and I discover I could head right over to Macy's to complete a nice little breakfast set.

Take a look at this logo, it's an ink printed logo and the letters are all capitals. According to the blog Discount Fiestaware this is a tell tale sign that my Fiestaware is not that rare bird created before 1973. What you're looking for is an ink print in lower-case letters or an imprint.


Something else to look out for when buying Fiestaware are the colors. There were fourteen colors total before production temporarily halted in 1973, but the six original colors introduced in 1936 are: Cobalt Blue, Light Green, Ivory, Red, Turquoise, and Yellow. And it's those original colors that are most sought by collectors.

As for my newly acquired Fiestaware, I'll give them a spin on eBay but from the looks of it these vibrant pieces will be keeping me and my morning coffee company for a some time to come.

36 comments:

  1. Great pictures, and thanks for linking DiscountFiestaware.com!

    Maybe this is sacrilege, but my wife and I use vintage Fiestaware as everyday dishes. Some of these pieces sell for upwards of $80, but we'd much rather enjoy them ourselves.

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  2. I know, they are expensive. But what's the point in owning something if you don't use it?!!

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  3. WAW! THis is sure great information! Who would have thought.. God is in the details hehe :) And you are sure right - no use to it if you don't enjoy it!

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  4. Do not be foolish, it's not about the cost of vintage Fiesta that's prohibitive, it's the fact that they used a lead-based glaze on every piece they made. It is simple to begin that lead leaching when heat is applied, be it in the form of hot food, hot water from washing, or heating in the microwave. Which is NOT to say that using it only for cold foods is safe,as the piece had to be washed before it was used. Stop using it to eat! Check around the net for further information.

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  5. I have some pieces of aqua color feista ware that were my grandmas, they have been in her cabinets since 1955. they were a wedding present from her girlfriends in the "waves" they are marked with an uppercase "F" and the rest of the letters are lowercase. some are printed and most of the collection is carved in. some have and "H" and some say "HLC" and some say FiEsta.. I know they are all old because they werent moved from the cabinet for 50 years ...

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    1. Any pieces that have an "H" are newer...she may have replaced some broken pieces over the years with newer pieces to keep a complete set? It is normal to see the fiEsta as the bottom of the capital type "E" comes up at the bottom to cross the "t"...all pieces should have the HLC and or USA somewhere...but a single "H" normally off to the side and not in the centered logo is newer (1998 or newer)

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  6. I think that might be a large lowercase "f". I thought it was a capital, too, but it really is a large lowercase "f".

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  7. OK...I have fiesta ware from a time earlier than the 1950's. I am actually interested in selling it! Anyone out there interested in buying? I have a number of accessory pieces; pitcher, bowls, plates, cups & saucers and salt & pepper shakers. Enough to fill four cupboards! I am trying to downsize and the room that these items are in is going to be remodeled. I am in San Diego County. My email is: kellydonivan@yahoo.com and thanks!!!

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  8. ummmm... I am moonrae27@aol.com

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  9. I have some vintage fiestaware... a turquoise gravy boat and the sugar and creamer with the platter. I can send pictures of the bottoms which all have the lower case. All my other pieces are new. We don't need them and would like to find a nice home for them....
    jcptodd@gmail.com

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  10. I have 83 multicolored vintage Fiesta Ware pieces, mostly from the 30's to the 50's, including a rere gray teapot with lid in mint condition. I am reorganizing an over crowded home and would love to sell all 83 pieces in a lot....
    rod.miller@momar.com

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  11. I have a very large collection of vintage Fiesta in all colors - 150 or so pieces I am interested in selling the lot to prepare for downsizing my home.
    Mblanscet@gmail.com

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    1. I just came into a 50 pc collection of both contemporary and vintage fiesta ware...I think you will get more money to sell in small lots or by the piece rather than a whole lot...I have listed mine on Ebay and aside from the pain of listing piece by piece and shipping piece by piece...there are thousands of collectors...but only a few out there with the kind of expendable income to purchase an entire collection for what it's worth...But many will splurge on 1 or 2 pieces for a few hundred bucks. Piece it out...that's the way to go.

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  12. I have about 35-40 highly collectible pieces all in original colors and in pristine condition. What is the best way to get these seen by the right buyer. I am looking to sell. buchette@comcast.net I am in Spokane Washington.

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    1. I just came into a 50 pc collection of both contemporary and vintage fiesta ware...I think you will get more money to sell in small lots or by the piece rather than a whole lot...I have listed mine on Ebay and aside from the pain of listing piece by piece and shipping piece by piece...there are thousands of collectors...but only a few out there with the kind of expendable income to purchase an entire collection for what it's worth...But many will splurge on 1 or 2 pieces for a few hundred bucks. Piece it out...that's the way to go.

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  13. I have several different vintage dinner plates. Some have 6
    raised rings and others have 7 raised rings. Do these indicated the year they were manufactured? duart@amigo.net

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  14. Could it be possible that some dishes are not marked at all? I have just taken in 3 boxes of old fiesta all in the old colors & some have marks missing.

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  15. I have an extensive collection of Fiesta in all original 6 colors in very good condition including at least 20 place settings, small and large tumblers, mugs, egg cups, 2 nested bowl sets and many of the other rare accessory pieces. I live in Fountain Valley in Orange County, CA and want a local buyer so I don't have to ship. My email address is ske1974@yahoo.com.

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  16. I'm selling my great aunt's collection of vintage Fiesta, which she started collecting in the 1930s. There are 112 pieces: fruit bowls of two sizes, Nappy bowls, cream soup bowl, dessert bowl, cobalt 11-inch serving bowl, deep (soup) bowls, red sugar bowl with lid, cobalt cream pitcher, teacups, saucers, water tumblers, bread and butter plates, salad plates, 9-inch luncheon plates, 12-inch yellow chop plate (charger), 12-inch turquoise oval platter, green ashtray, green utility/celery tray, red coffee pot with lid, green gravy/sauce boat, green marmalade jar with lid, green mustard jar with lid, ivory ice lip pitcher, salt shaker, pepper shaker, 8-inch yellow vase, red sweets comport, yellow teapot with lid, and relish/utility tray. The collection colors are cobalt, green, ivory, red, turquoise, and yellow. Most items are in excellent condition; about a handful have a chip. I'm interested in selling the collection in its entirety. Please contact me via email if you would like descriptions, photos, and price. My email address is celeste08@clearwire.net and I live in eastern Washington State.

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  17. kinda sad you guys all have these amazing dishes but don't want them. I'd love to have them but can't afford them.

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  18. I have a large complete set of Vintage Fiestaware. I would like for someone to come look at it and shoot me a price. Email dieselpup00@yahoo.com Subject Fiestaware

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    1. Hi, my name is Bryce Shurden. I have 56 pieces of Vintage ORIGINAL Fiesta from my Wifes Aunts Estate that we'd like to Sell. E-mail me (mississippisplattergames at yahoo dot com), or contact me on Facebook (have a Pic posted there).

      Thanks!!!!

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  19. I have collected and sold vintage Fiesta for about 20 years. I just found out the Antique Mall where I sell has lost it's lease and I have decided to sell-off all of my inventory...at deeply discounted prices! I am located in Dallas at the City View Antique Mall. I can be reached at emurchison@virginiacook.com. Make me an offer per piece or the whole lot.

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  20. The lowercase f rule only applies to stamped Fiestware. If it is indented, it could be old and carry an uppercase F.

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  21. Unmarked Fiestaware is very old. Some of the original pieces are not marked at all.

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  22. I have about 60 pieces of vintage Fiesta ware including 1 green serving bowl, salt & Pepper shakers, dark green serving bowl with handles, a couple of egg cups and a gravy boat. email me at: mkwilliams16@verizon.net if interested. Subject line: Fiesta ware I am located in the Washington DC area.

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  23. I have about 70 pieces of fiestaware that I am trying to sale. I have plates, nappy bowls, small bowls, slat 7 pepper shakers, 1 oval plate, small water pitcher, 1 RED Juice pitcher, sugar bowl w/lid, cups, saucers, and more. I have looked up prices and have between $2,000 to $2,500 worth here and looking to get $1,500 OBO. I am located in East Texas. 1 hour east of Dallas. E-mail me at gary.nancy.cook@gmail.com my name is Gary.

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  24. I know this is an old thread but people still read it. I'd like to save some of you time & money with the misinformation.
    Fiestaware has no unmarked pieces. Backstamps on vintage Fiestaware (before 1969) was typically stamped on 1-2 pieces in a set. Backstamps are the marks in black. The other pieces were cast indented.
    If it was capitalized it is a newer piece. If it is all lowercase & has an H below "made in USA" it is newer. If its all lowercase and no "H" it may or may not be old, you must refer to the 6 original colors to identify.

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  25. I have quite a collection of the "old" fiestaware...and am interested in selling. Please shoot me an email and I can send photos. rmw1120@aol.com

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  26. HI, I just found your blog. I have authentic, original stamped fiestaware. Some very sweet pieces and several rare that have been safeguarded in my family for years. If you are or anyone you know is looking to complete their set or for a signature piece, please write to me. Thank you, Deb coolchange58@gmail.com

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  27. Dr Gold Jewelry and DiamondsOctober 26, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Dear bloggers and China ware fans, I have a huge collection of about 270 items of all kind of the Homerlaughlin Fiesta ware in almost all the factory colors. They include Round plates, Oval plates, Kettles, Pitcher bowls, Small Bowls and Cups and Saucers, Salad Plates for every day use. They are all brand new imprinted with the factory logo!! For more information interested buyers can email us at info@drgoldjewelry.com

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  28. Fiestaware Friends,
    In addition to a large collection of vintage fiestaware, we have a complete set of ten 50th Anniversary Commemorative Limited Edition Mugs we would like to sell. Each has the silver decal. There were fewer than 600 sets of these made. This is a complete set in mint condition. If interested please contact me at agog23@hotmail.com. Thanks

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  30. Have several vintage fiesta pieces for sale.....including a forest green dinner plate...I would gladly send pics if anyone is interested....dlb1965@sbcglobal.net

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  32. I have fiesta ironstone in turf green. I have paperwork from schroeders antiques price guide stating this. It was purchased between 1969-1973...I have 5 teacups, a creamer dish, a sugar dish, 5 cereal bowls, a serving bowl, 7 dinner plates, 6 large saucers, and 8 small saucers. I would love to sell these to a true collector! Email me for me details, pictures or with an offer! Kelmhouse92@msn.com

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