Dating vintage fiestaware
• The “F” in Fiesta: The oldest Fiestas has a lowercase “F” that is connected to the rest of the letters. Here are a few of the essential Fiestaware books that I recommend: • Homer Laughlin China: Guide to Shapes and Patterns by Jo Cunningham and Darlene Nossaman • Homer Laughlin: Decades of Dinnerware by Bob Page, Dean Frederiksen and Dean Six • Warman”s Fiesta: Identification and Price Guide by Glen Victorey These resources should be enough to get you started.
by Steve Labinski Many people inherit or find colorful dishes, and need to know whether or not it is actual Fiesta.
Here are a couple features to look for: • Imprinted or ink? These are a series of letters that represent years and months. There are other clues on the backstamp, such as the presence of absence of words such as “Made in USA,” “Genuine” and “HLCO.” But the above markings are the easiest clues to spot.
Ink stamps are always newer (late 90s and on) and imprinted backstamps are sometimes older (some post-1986 Fiesta has imprints). The years begin at 1992 with GG and the months are marked A through L, starting with January. Recommended Reading While these pointers will help you eliminate obviously newer pieces, you may want to have some reference books handy for the truly tough-to-crack cases.
Homer Laughlin has been steadily introducing, retiring and reintroducing Fiesta colors throughout the decades so being able to spot the colors is an easy way to tell if you”re looking at a new piece of Fiesta or a discontinued Fiestaware piece.
Therefore date coding should only be used as an approximation.
In many instances, that red or blue plate might resemble Fiesta, but it isn't.
Over the years, many companies have designed inexpensive knock-offs that confuse the consumer.
Furthermore, since the line has been in production since 1936, and taking into account the production hiatus, many people want to date the production of the item based on its marks.
The short answer to all of this is it depends on the piece.