A timeless classic, Franciscan’s Desert Rose dinnerware pattern presented table top. How to breathe new life into this time-honored tableware.
It’s the third Thursday of the month, so it’s time for “Thrifting with the Gals“. The occasion when the gals and I all get together to share our favorite monthly thrifted finds along with a few tips and tricks in vintage home decorating.
Our guest host this month is Renae from Peacock Ridge Farm. And if you are joining me here for the first time from Renae’s site, welcome! Isn’t Renae’s office fabulous all decorated with vintage treasures? And be sure to Join the other gals presented at the bottom of this post to see what they are all sharing today too!
What is Desert Rose?
This month for “Thrifting with the Gals,” I’m eager to share one of my biggest thrift store scores: this dinnerware set, Franciscan Desert Rose.
Franciscan Desert Rose is one of the best-selling patterns in the history of American dinnerware.
It was first introduced in 1941 by the Franciscan company and was by far one of the most successful patterns ever designed.
The embossed and raised five-petal desert roses are in an elegant shade of pink with green leaves and olive-green stems that beautifully finesse the edges.
In 1964 the sixty millionth piece of Desert Rose was produced and did you know that the Desert Rose is now on display in the Smithsonian Museum?
And that the First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy chose Franciscan Desert Rose for use in the White House?
Desert Rose was also a favorite of Lucy and Desi.
How Much is Franciscan Desert Rose China Worth?
You may learn all about what your Desert Rose china is worth HERE.
It’s really quite fascinating!
The worth of your Desert Rose china is all based on the stamp on the bottom of the china. Check out the Tutuhut diagram to the right to see what your Desert Rose collection is worth.
The two stamps representing my thrifted Desert Rose dinnerware tell me that all of the pieces are vintage, hand painted, and were made in California between 1953-1976 respectively. Making them a valuable collection of vintage dinnerware.
Any guesses about what I paid for this entire set?
I absolutely got lucky.
I had stopped in at our local Community Service Thrift Shop early one morning and there they were unpacking not only the Desert Rose pattern but also another popular Franciscan pattern, Apple.
Unfortunately, I passed on the Franciscan Apple pattern, as it only had 4 dinner dishes and quite a few chips. But it was still a prize for the right person.
I have heard and read that the Desert Rose dinnerware may contain lead. I am not an expert in this field and have heard both sides of this controversy. Therefore, please do your own research when it comes to dining on vintage dinnerware and the possibility of lead in your dishes.
Where to Shop for Franciscan Desert Rose
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Today you can find Desert Rose place settings available on Amazon. Be advised, though, that this is not the same Desert Rose dinnerware made in California and England in the 1900s. The dinnerware is still the Franciscan Desert Rose pattern, however, they are not vintage, not hand painted, not a raised pattern and are today made in China.
You may also shop for the authentic vintage Franciscan Desert Rose pattern on sites like Replacements, LTD, Etsy, and eBay. And if you get lucky, you may find a set at your local thrift, antique, or consignment shop.
A Timeless Classic | Franciscan Desert Rose Table Setting
You may also enjoy Rachel’s Saint Patrick’s Day Table Setting with Desert Rose. And my friend Sara’s Desert Rose tablescape from Simply Southern Cottage on Instagram. Sara even hosted a Desert Rose Hashtag Challenge!
My friend Kim, of Shiplap and Shells shares her Desert Rose on a beautiful table setting with fresh blooms overlooking the Puget Sound.
Now let’s set the table with this timeless and classic dinnerware. It’s summer after all, perfect for this vintage Desert Rose set to make its debut in our new breakfast nook at our home here in Vermont.
I decided that I first wanted to remove this layered blue and white tablecloth and showcase the Desert Rose dishes against a simple white tablecloth for the backdrop. I felt the white would really allow the pinks and greens in these vintage dishes to pop.
I found these pink linen placemats on Amazon, which are so sweet, highlighting Desert Rose’s classic timeless elegance.
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And a classic timeless table setting wouldn’t be complete without my mother’s sterling silverware.
Which really needs a good polishing…
I used an old breadboard in the center of this round breakfast nook table, added a couple of thrifted vintage pink McCoy flower vases, and filled them with simple wildflowers left over from a girl’s weekend.
You may also enjoy the post, 15+ Simple Ways to Display Rustic Breadboards.
The center breadboard is also home to three vintage brass candlesticks and the Desert Rose tea set that I went back to the thrift shop a few days later to collect.
And it was still there!
I sensed that a Desert Rose table setting wouldn’t be complete knowing that this tea set was sitting down at my local thrift shop for just $25…
You may also enjoy the post, how to Store, Stack & Display Vintage Dishes in an Antique Cobblers Rack and this Blue and White Asymmetrical Vintage Platter Wall | Design Yours Today, both of which reside in this same breakfast nook.
While I was back at the thrift shop I also picked up these $2 vintage glasses.
Then I found these vintage etched pink glasses on Amazon.
Which do you like better, the pink or clear vintage glasses?
I think this Desert Rose dinnerware is going to be our new go-to breakfastware.
It’s cheery, charming, and inviting. Perfect for summer!
I’m also pining to see how this vintage dinnerware will look displayed in our vintage pine china hutch this winter.
But until that time, we are going to enjoy our morning breakfasts in this new breakfast nook, with the classic and timeless Desert Rose.
This breakfast table may feel a bit cluttered right now, but what the heck, we thrifters need to share what we found right?
You may also enjoy the post, Depression Glass Cherry Blossom Pink Table.
Do you have any Franciscan Desert Rose or Apple patterns on your table?
Oh, and what did I pay for these vintage dishes?
$100 for the 8-piece dinnerware set and $25 for the tea set:)
The Franciscan Desert Rose pattern now sits beautifully in our old pine hutch in the dining room for the winter season.
I’m so glad you dropped by, and if you are new to my blog, welcome! I hope you enjoyed your visit with us here today at our Home in Vermont.
Be sure to also check out our Home in Coastal Maine where we spend summers and weekends when we are craving a walk on the beach or a visit with old friends.
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Next up on today’s “Thrifting with the Gals” is Robyn from Robyn’s French Nest. Robyn is sharing Mantel Styling Ideas for Summer that you won’t want to miss!