Charles Gladding, along with Peter McGill McBean and George Chambers, established Gladding-McBean in 1875. Its original product was clay sewer pipe. By 1883 the company had evolved into a major manufacturer of architectural terra-cotta. In 1940, the company introduced the hand-painted embossed pattern Franciscan Apple, and in 1941 Desert Rose. Both patterns became the company's most popular patterns. By 1950, it was considered one of the "world's largest ceramics manufacturers". Because of the importation of inexpensive Japanese ceramics, Gladding McBean's tableware sales declined in the post World War II period and production in the U.S.A. ceased in 1984.
This wonderful 4-piece Grouping of circa 1950's Franciscan-ware is hand decorated with embossed lush red apples, emerald green leaves and rich brown stems. The group consists of a 9 1/2" luncheon plate, 8" crescent-shaped salad plate, 3 5/8" coaster and individual ashtray in the form of an apple. Items are stamped with circa 1950 marks. There are no cracks, chips or repairs. More items in this pattern can be found in my store.