site stats
Adaptations from the chariots to the rose: Yenke Peddler antiques column |

Adaptations from the chariots to the rose: Yenke Peddler antiques column

The era of the American carriage ride can possibly be traced back to 1768, when the working minds and hands of two Irishmen arrived from Dublin and opened up shop in New York. They fashioned their carriage-building skills into a business of making vehicles. They became competitive with the imported models, making an American statement of “Wood, Tomlinson Co.”

Brenda Yenke

Their coaches were synonymous with the phrase, “How the West was won” — a la the Conestoga wagon. A team of horses was required to power this large vehicle.

Such vehicles were nothing new: Chariots came from the Romans, the curricle chair applied to royalty, and the French post chaise became the one-horse shay. Almost all of these hold some status within the social world for pleasure riding. 

On the other hand, carriages for business created a new way to interact with customers and carry goods. You could go as large or as small as needed. 

Today, we are fortunate to have Amish country nearby for a glimpse of the past, through their buggies! 

Dear Mrs. Yenke,

I enjoy your column with all the interesting items. I have a set of Franciscan dinnerware in the Desert Rose pattern. The service is for eight, with several serving pieces. They belonged to my aunt, who purchased them in the 1950s. I am interested in selling them and an avenue for marketing.  

R. McC.


Dear Rose,

Thank you for your readership! This pattern of casual dining dinnerware is one of the most popular and appreciated. Franciscan China was formed in 1934, by Claudine McBean and Co. in Glendale , Calif. 

Yours is from the early period, 1941-1958, with the black ink stamp of CA. Production went to England from 1985-2003, then to China in 2004. Your set is perfect and complete, worth about $1,000. Try, Mitchell Sotka Antiques in Rocky River or the Medina Antique Mall for possible interest. 

If you have an item for evaluation, send a clear picture with history to Yenke Peddler, Brenda Yenke, P.O. Box 361633, Strongsville, Ohio, 44136. You may also email photos and information requests for Brenda to evaluate at

Category: Dinnerware  Tags: ,  Comments off
You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed.