No other line of dinnerware has been as everlastingly popular as Fiesta, except perhaps Blue Willow.
Fiesta was originally sold as “The dinnerware that turns your table into a celebration,” and has done so for many generations. In fact, the Homer Laughlin China Company of West Virginia still makes genuine Fiesta in a wide variety of colors and styles. Most people, however, prefer to collect and enjoy the quality and authenticity of the original Fiesta line of dinnerware.
But there never was a butter dish.
According to a Homer Laughlin report:
“If you do find the butter dish in Fiesta, it will necessarily be a copy, because this certainly was one of the items that was never produced in this line…There is a covered butter dish in the Harlequin and Riviera patterns, but one labeled Fiesta cannot be authentic.”
-From the Collectors Encyclopedia of Fiesta with Current Values, 5th Edition, Sharon and Bobb Huxford
- Familiarize yourself with authentic vintage Fiesta. Soon, you’ll be able to spot a copy a mile away.
- Demand provenance. Most of the new pieces and fakes were made during the Fiesta boom of the late 1980s.
- Invest in an authoritative book, such as Sharon and Bob Huxford’s “Encyclopedia of Fiesta, with Current Values.”
- This blog also has a list of all colors and dates.
In the meantime, this “big picture” overview will help you evaluate what’s out there, as well as items you may already have. Keeping track of color changes can be tricky, but I’ve tried as best I can to simplify things.
Fiesta’s distinguishing features:
-The concentric circles get closer together, with the widest spacing near the rims.
-Some Fiesta pieces may be confused with Harlequin, which is collectible in its own right. Harlequin’s rings usually begin farther from the rim, and some angles are sharper.
The original Fiesta colors.
The original Fiesta marks:
Genuine vintage Fiesta has four distinctive marks, or “backstamps,” although some items (usually those with small bases) were not marked at all.
IN ALL CASES, the “F” is capitalized on Fiesta made in the 1980s.
The original pieces:
There are too many to include here, since Homer Laughlin introduced and discontinued items throughout production. They’re listed in the
UPDATE:I found three rose colored Fiesta bowls in the attic, and was getting ready to put them up for sale in my Etsy shop. The color was inconsistent with anything I’ve seen online, but it’s the logo that sealed it for me: It’s close, but something about it is “off.” I think they’re fakes. If anyone knows differently, I’d appreciate a comment!
Enjoy the hunt – and watch out for that butter dish!!