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Franciscan Apple (American Backstamp)

All About Franciscan Apple China

Brand: Franciscan Pattern: Apple 

Manufacturer Status: Active In Production: 1940-1984

Description: Earthenware, Sand background, Red, green and brown apple motif, Multiple Backstamps Theme: Fruit

Dishwashing Method: Dishwasher Safe Secondary Market Value: Very Good  Best Uses: Formal and Informal

This Apple pattern has been manufactured since 1940 by the Franciscan China company, based in US and later acquired by the WWRD Group. Franciscan Apple is one of the most popular patterns of a long time china stalwart, Franciscan. There are three backstamps. The first is the American backstamp featured from 1940 through 1983, followed by the England backstamp from 1984 through 2003 and finally from 2004 to the present, the "apple" backstamp, made in china. This sturdy pattern is dishwasher, freezer and microwave safe which has led to it's well deserved reputation of ease of use and flexibility. While made in America, Franciscan was headquartered in California and has made two patterns continuously, Apple and Desert Rose. The name "Franciscan was chosen to honor Claifornia's founding priests.

The apple pattern was the first china pattern by Gladding McBean to have hand-painted decoration on an embossed body. They have been beloved the world over by collectors and enthusiasts, due in part to it's warm colors and feel of perpetual fall as well as their lightness relative to most contemporary patterns.


Our favorite Franciscan Apple pieces are the salt and papper set as well as the fruit dessert bowl.


Excellent/Flawless

T3-QSSO-CVS-Z

Excellent/Flawless

T3-QSSO-VS-X

Excellent/Flawless

T3-QSSO-VS-7

Excellent/Flawless

T3-QSSO-VY9-Z

Size: 8 in, Excellent/Flawless

T3-QSSO-9S

Size: 3 1/4 in, Excellent/Flawless

T3-QSSO-09A

Size: 2 3/4 in (7 OZ), Excellent/Flawless

T3-QSSO-04U3

Size: 10 3/4 in, Excellent/Flawless

T3-QSSO-AEHZ6

Size: 8 3/8 in, Excellent/Flawless

T3-QSSO-4HN

Size: 12 5/8 in, Excellent/Flawless

T3-QSSO-SOZX

Size: 12 3/8 in, Excellent/Flawless

T3-QSSO-0YZX

Size: 10 3/8 in (BROWNTRIM), Excellent/Flawless

T3-QSSO-4ROPX

Size: 8 3/4 in, Excellent/Flawless

T3-QSSO-0AA

Size: 4 1/2", Excellent/Flawless

8012015100

Size: 6" Square, 2 Apples, Excellent/Flawless

8012015102

Size: 10 1/4 in, Good (Tiny Chip)

T3-QSSO-9WZ6IMP

Size: 7 3/4 in (6 CUP), Good (Tiny Chip)

T3-QSSO-0SIMP

Size: 8 3/8 in, Good (Small Chip)

8012015101

Size: 2 3/4 in, Excellent/Flawless

T3-QSSO-09TO

Size: 5 7/8 in, Excellent/Flawless

T3-QSSO-9QG