When is Frankoma not Frankoma?
When is Frankoma McCoy? Or Haagar?
In 1972 the Frankoma Pottery
Company was awarded the contract to produce the Easter Plates
shown below for the Oral Roberts Ministry. The order was
for 100,000 plates to be made. At the time that was more
than Frankoma could manage so they sub-contracted with the
McCoy and Haagar to help with production. Frankoma made 50,000
with McCoy and Haagar each making 25,000.
At the very first quick glance, they would appear the same.
Upon lingering you will notice the differences that distinguish
each manufacturer of the plates.
#1 is the Easter Plate made by McCoy. This plate measures
7 1/4” in diameter and is marked “ORAL ROBERTS
ASSOCIATION, TULSA, FRANKOMA”.
“©ORA. 1972” . The glaze is matte white
and is a white clay.
#2 is the Easter Plate made by Haagar. Slightly smaller,
it measures 7” in diameter and is marked the
same as the McCoy plate. It is a gloss white glaze
and has just a slight tint to the color…not
as white as the McCoy plate.
#3 is the Easter Plate made by Frankoma. The diameter
of this plate is 7 3/8”. Markings on this plate
are ”ORAL ROBERTS ASSOCIATION, TULSA, FRANKOMA” “©ORA
J.F. 1972”. The details of this plate show
up differently because of the red clay. The glossy
glaze is light enough allow the outline of the design
to be highlighted.
Here it is…this
is when Frankoma is not Frankoma. I asked Nelson McCoy if
there were other items sub-contracted to them by Frankoma
and he replied this was the only one. This information offers
you something else to look for when you’re pottery