Vintage vs. Contemporary Fiesta® : Vases, Teapots, Pitchers, Carafes, and Coffee Pots


Bud Vases
Vintage (Green) vs. P86 (Marigold)
Thin vs Thick walls
No Embossed "H" vs. Embossed "H"

Vintage:                                                  P86:                            
     -6 5/16" Tall                                         -6 1/16" Tall
     -Thinner Walls                                       -Thicker Walls
     -Incised mark on bottom                        -Incised mark with Embossed "H" on bottom 
     -Dry Foot                                              -Colors made before Pearl Gray do not have
                                                                   the "H"
                                                                 -Dry Foot

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Small and Medium Fluted Vases
Vintage (Yellow) vs. P86 (Poppy)
Thin vs. Thick walls
No Embossed "H" vs. Embossed "H"

Vintage 8" Vase:                                            P86 Small "8-inch" Vase:
     -7 15/16" Tall                                                -7 5/8" Tall
     -Fluted design is more defined                        -Fluted design is less defined
     -Thinner walls                                                -Thicker walls
     -Dry Foot                                                       -Dry Foot
     -Incised mark                                                 -Incised mark
     -No Embossed "H" on bottom                           -Has Embossed "H" on bottom
                                                                         -Colors made before Pearl Gray do not 
                                                                          have the "H".

Vintage 10" Vase:                                       P86 Medium "10-inch" Vase:        
     -10" Tall                                                        -9 5/8" Tall
     -Fluted design is more defined                        -Fluted design is less defined
     -Thinner walls                                                -Thicker walls
     -Dry Foot                                                        -Dry Foot
     -Incised mark                                                  -Incised mark
     -No Embossed "H" on bottom                            -Has Embossed "H" on bottom
                                                                           -Colors made before Pearl Gray do not 
                                                                            have the "H".

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Large Covered Teapots
Vintage (Yellow) vs. P86 (Pale Yellow)
Flat Style  vs. Dome Style

Vintage:                                                                 P86:
     -6 11/16" Tall w/ Lid                                             -7 1/4" Tall w/ Lid
     -Flat style lid                                                         -Dome style lid
     -Found with or without vent hole in lid                    -No vent hole
     -Dry Foot                                                               -Dry Foot
     -Incised mark                                                         -Incised mark 


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Disk Water Pitchers    
Vintage (Medium Green) vs. P86 (Chartreuse)
No Dimple vs. Dimple
(See Arrow)

Vintage:                                                       P86:
     -7 1/2" Tall                                                  -7 1/4" Tall
     -No "Dimple" inside where the                       -Distinctive "Dimple" inside where the
      handle meets the body(see example)             handle meets the body(see example)
     -Dry Foot                                                     -Dry Foot
     -Incised mark                                               -Incised mark
                                                                        -Has Embossed "H" on bottom. Colors made 
                                                                         before Chartreuse do not have the "H".

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Juice Disk Pitchers
Vintage (Red) vs. P86 (Flamingo)
No Dimple vs. Dimple
(See Arrow)
No Embossed "H" vs. Embossed "H"
Vintage:                                                                      P86:
     -5 15/16" Tall                                                            -5 1/2" Tall
     -Part of a Promotional campaign                                 -Part of the regular Fiesta lineup
     -Only made in 5 colors: Red, Yellow,                           -Made in a variety of colors
      Celedon Green, Gray, and Harlequin Yellow.              -Has the distinctive "Dimple"
     -No "Dimple" where the handle meets the body.           -Dry Foot
     -Dry Foot                                                                   -Incised mark
     -Incised mark                                                             -Has Embossed "H" on bottom.
                                                                                      - Colors made Pearl Gray do not 
                                                                                        have the "H"            
                                                                                  
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Carafes
Vintage (Turquoise) vs. P86 (Flamingo)


No Dimple vs. Dimple

Vintage:                                                 P86:
     -9 1/4" Tall                                          -7 1/2" Tall
     -Lid w/cork stopper                              -No Lid
     -No "Dimple" where                               -Has "Dimple" where
      the handle meets the body.                   the handle meets the body.
     -Pedestal Foot                                      -No Pedestal Foot
     -Dry Foot                                              -Dry Foot
     -Incised mark                                       -Incised mark

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Coffee Pots
Vintage (Chartreuse) vs. P86 (Lilac)


Vintage:                                         P86:
     -10 3/8" Tall w/ Lid                                  -9" Tall w/ Lid
      -Large Lid                                                 -Small Lid
      -Pedestal Foot                                           -Foot not as distinct
      -Dry Foot                                                   -Dry Foot
      -Incised mark                                            - Incised mark

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Glossary of Terms

Dry Foot:  The foot (bottom) of the piece is wiped clean of glaze, having no sagger pin marks.

Embossed Mark:  Molded designs or letters that are raised above the surface of the pottery (i.e. Embossed "H").

Incised Mark:  Designs or letters carved or engraved by hand or impressed by machine into the surface of the pottery. (i.e. "Fiesta®" mark)

Vintage Fiesta® dinnerware was made with semi-vitrified clay. 
This means the clay is more porous making the product lighter and more fragile.

Contemporary (P86) Fiesta® dinnerware is made with vitrified clay. Vitrified clay is less porous, leading to a more durable product that won't absorb odors or moisture. Due to the firing process, the finished product is slightly smaller than Vintage Fiesta® items. 





3 comments:

TravelbugMD said...

I don't see a Pale Yellow on the Post 1986 Dishography Graphic...????

Unknown said...

It's there. 1987, Yellow. There's no "pale" yellow. It is very pale, but it's just called yellow. The graphic chart has a very vivid color on it - not at all the pale of P86 yellow.

Unknown said...

I meant to reply to your comment, but accidentally added it as a new comment rather than a reply!

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