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The Maderia-shaped Floral pattern by Franciscan was produced from 1971 to 1977, and is adorned with a bold, richly hued floral center design and thin green bands around the border. When California-based Franciscan tableware premiered in 1934, it was practically an overnight success. The glamour of the emerging film industry and the state's climate seemed exotic to Midwesterners and those living on the East Coast. The "Golden State" became a very popular tourist destination. And Franciscan's bright-colored, less expensive "earthenware" grew in popularity as American consumers began to recover from the Great Depression. Apple was one of four patterns in the company's now legendary line of hand-painted, raised-pattern designs that included Desert Rose, Fresh Fruit, and Ivy . Ivy was even featured on the sets of the "I Love Lucy" show with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, and the "Donna Reed Show," which ran on broadcast TV 1958-1966.

The handcrafted design of Franciscan Crystal Madeira-Cornsilk showcases an approximately square, textured bowl that flares at the top, a multi-sided stem, a textured foot, and a sunny yellow color. The Madeira crystal pattern was produced from 1970 to 1978 as a way to capitalize on Franciscan’s success in the casual tableware market. The heavy lead crystal of Madeira was hand pressed and textured to emphasize its handcrafted, almost rustic design. In addition to cornsilk, Madeira was produced in a variety of colors: blue, citron, clover, ice, olive, pearl, plum, pumpkin, rancho ruby, rose (pink), and smoke, and in piece types that included goblets, sherbets, juice/wine glasses, iced tea glasses, highballs/tumblers, double old fashioneds, carafes, mugs, and ice tubs. Madeira became a popular crystal pattern – enough so that in 1974, Franciscan promoted Madeira as “America’s favorite casual crystal.”

Oneida Omni is a stylish, satin finish stainless steel flatware pattern featuring a sleek, modern design. Produced by Oneida from 1980 to 1988, the formal elegance of Omni is the ideal complement to the more casual designs of Floral china and Madeira-Cornsilk crystal. The Oneida company grew out of the original Oneida Community founded in upstate New York by John Humphrey Noyes more than 150 years ago. This Christian communal society was based upon the principles of individual self-perfection and shared property. Women bore the same duties as men, and individual responsibilities varied from day to day. Many inventions were developed at Oneida – including some of the world's most recognizable, high-quality, and beautifully designed flatware.

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