I am always fascinated by the history behind the items that show up in the vintage/antique world and how they blend or echo the modern world.
The 1800 original molds, the Frankoma name, and the real estate were not included in the sale. In 2012 the factory was sold to a non-pottery manufacturer, and then the molds and trademark went to an LLC called FPC. There is limited production of artware...like these mugs...
At least we have to give the owners credit for trying to stay in the USA! But, when companies go out of business or change style, prices do change, and this anonymous quote fits well in the antique/vintage world:
"Each time history repeats itself, the price goes up."