Many of the items that are showcased in the Replacements museum are pieces that are of personal interest to our owner, Bob Page. One such collection is the “Wildflower” dinner service by Franciscan. Originally, Franciscan was called Gladding and McBean. The Gladding McBean Co. produced industrial tiles. Later, the company began producing causal dinner services and marketed their pieces under the Franciscan name. Generally, Franciscan patterns were produced to resemble Mexican folk pottery and featured hand painted floral designs.
There are several qualities of the “Wildflower” pattern that set it apart. Each hand painted flower is representative of the various florae of the southwestern United States. “Wildflower” was only produced for a short period of time, 1942-1945, and was marketed through Sears and Roebuck. Franciscan employed the Imperial Glass Co. to produce the accompanying crystal. All of the pieces in the china and crystal services were hand painted. Unlike other hand painted Franciscan patterns, this one has a great deal more detail to it. The “Wildflower” pattern is somewhat more colorful than other patterns produced by Franciscan and the brushstrokes are slightly larger.
To learn more about the history of the Franciscan company, then click here. If you would like to see all of the pieces carried by Replacements in this beautiful pattern, then click here. Other patterns that resemble Franciscan’s “Wildflower” are Franciscan’s “ Desert Rose” and “ Apple.”