Many antique collectors items are easily recognized by their old fashioned look and feel. If you are interested in antiques but want more of a modern look, there are still collections out there for you. One of the most popular modern looking antique collections is Fiestaware. This article will introduce you to the history and collection of Fiestaware.
The history of Fiestaware began in 1936 with the Homer Laughlin Company of Newell, West Virginia. This company wanted to create an art deco type of piece for the dishware and china markets. The first lines produced had the original colors of yellow, ivory, red, blue, and light green. Over the years The glaze colors used were changed to signify new lines and special edition items. Fiestwares signature design is a concentric pair of rings on the outside of the dishes with the distance between rings being farther apart as they get close to the center.
When your identifying Fiestaware pieces there are several different ways to determine time period and authenticity. You may need a guide book to reference for this task. Fiestaware can be identified and valued by the color glaze used. Some glazes from the original line, and some with brief production are considered to be the most valuable for collections. Fiestaware also has logos stamped into the bottom of their pieces to identify time period and line. A small f marking or fiesta made in USA will signify very old vintage pieces. A large F or fiesta HCL USA marking will signify pieces created in the later 1900s. Make sure to inspect pieces for cracks or damages. They will reduce the value of your collection.
Where can you find and purchase Fiestaware pieces? You can try antique stores, auctions, and estate sales to obtain these pieces. It may be difficult to find a specific piece that you are looking for, or pay the price you want. Online auction sites and stores will increase the variety available for your purchases, and you may be able to get a deal when bidding. Two well loved sites for Fiestaware collectors are Rubylane.com and Replacements.com.