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Vintage Fiesta ware dishes by Homer Laughlin China

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Vintage and modern Fiesta ware solid color dinnerware dishes by Homer Laughlin China
Fiesta dinnerware was originally designed in 1936 by Frederick Hurten Rhead for the Homer-Laughlin China company. It was originally available in five colours, and the colour options continued expanded over the years. The line was discontinued in 1973 but was fortunately reissued in 1986 to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The distinctive concentric rings marking each item make it one of the most popular types of dinnerware collected today.



Identify your Fiesta

Most Fiesta pieces are marked. Vintage Fiesta backstamps use a lowercase "F" in "Fiesta". Newer pieces have a capital "F". Newer plates will include the words "lead free" in the stamp; watch for it. All post-86 Fiesta is Made in the USA.

There will also be a series of three letters in the stamp. This indicates the year it was made (from the 1960s on). "AA" is 1986, "BB" is 1987, etc. The third letter in the series indicates which quarter of the year the item was produced. "A" is first quarter, "B" is second, etc.

For the rare unmarked piece, look at the styling of the item. Fiesta was widely copied once it became popular in the 1930s, but a little practice makes it easy to tell the fake from the genuine article.

Fiesta colours

Vintage Fiesta colours

fiesta red
Red
(1936 to 1943)
(1959 to 1972)
 
fiesta cobalt
Cobalt
(1936 to 1951)
 
fiesta light green
Light Green
(1936 to 1951)
 
fiesta yellow
Yellow
(1936 to 1969)
 
fiesta old ivory
Old Ivory
(1936 to 1951)
fiesta turquoise
Turquoise
(1937 to 1969)
 
fiesta forest green
Forest Green
(1951 to 1959)
 
fiesta rose
Rose
(1951 to 1959)
 
fiesta charteruese
Chartreuse
(1951 to 1959)
 
fiesta gray
Gray
(1951 to 1959)
fiesta medium green
Medium Green
(1959 to 1969)
 
fiesta antique gold
Antique Gold
(1969 to 1972)
 
fiesta turf green
Turf Green
(1969 to 1972)

Post-86 Fiesta colours

fiesta cobalt
Cobalt
(1986 to current)
 
fiesta white
White
(1986 to current)
 
fiesta rose
Rose
(1986 to 2005)
 
fiesta apricot
Apricot
(1986 to 1998)
 
fiesta black
Black
(1986 to 2014)
fiesta yellow
Yellow
(1987 to 2002)
 
fiesta turquoise
Turquoise
(1988 to current)
 
fiesta periwinkle blue
Periwinkle Blue
(1989 to 2006)
 
fiesta sea mist green
Sea Mist Green
(1991 to 2005)
 
fiesta lilac
Lilac
(1993 to 1995)
fiesta persimmon
Persimmon
(1995 to 2008)
 
fiesta sapphire
Sapphire
(1996 to 1997)
 
fiesta chartreuse
Chartreuse
(1997 to 1999)
 
fiesta pearl gray
Pearl Gray
(1999 to 2001)
 
fiesta juniper
Juniper
(2000 to 2001)
fiesta cinnabar
Cinnabar
(2000 to 2010)
 
fiesta plum
Plum
(2001 to 2015)
 
fiesta sunflower
Sunflower
(2001 to current)
 
fiesta shamrock
Shamrock
(2002 to current)
 
fiesta tangerine
Tangerine
(2003 to current)
fiesta scarlet
Scarlet
(2004 to current)
 
fiesta peacock
Peacock
(2005 to 2014)
 
fiesta heather
Heather
(2006 to 2009)
 
fiesta evergreen
Evergreen
(2007 to 2009)
 
fiesta marigold
Marigold
(2008 to 2012)
fiesta chocolate
Chocolate
(2008 to 2012)
 
fiesta ivory
Ivory
(2008 to current)
 
fiesta lemongrass
Lemongrass
(2009 to current)
 
fiesta paprika
Paprika
(2010 to 2016)
 
fiesta flamingo
Flamingo
(2012 to 2013)
fiesta lapis
Lapis
(2013 to current)
 
fiesta poppy
Poppy
(2014 to current)
 
fiesta slate
Slate
(2015 to current)
 
fiesta sage
Sage
(2015 to current)
 
fiesta claret
Claret
(2016 to current)
fiesta daffodil
Daffodil
(2017 to current)
 
fiesta mulberry
Mulberry
(2018 to current)
     

Care of vintage and post-86 Fiesta dishes

Vintage Fiesta dishes are handwash-only. While vintage dishes may be able to handle the heat, they will suffer if you put them in the dishwasher. The microscopic particles in any dishwashing product including liquids will abrade the surface and dull the finish over time. For the many dishes which already have crazing, this will cause further damage.

Do not use any hard cleaners on vintage Fiesta. Soap and warm (not hot) water only.

For post-86, I would likewise not recommend the dishwasher. The dishes are technicaly dishwasher-safe, but it dulls the glaze to do so. Hand-wash if you can.

Where to find vintage Fiesta

When buying and selling vintage collectibles, bear in mind these two factors:

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