Oxford China was manufactured by Lenox starting in the early 60's. According to Lenox's website, at least some decorations were still in production in 1993. There was only one pattern (one set of shapes for this line) but there were more than sixty decorations.
At least five of them were simply labeled "Special," including this one. Lenox still uses the "Special" designation on certain items, like their Christmas Holly pattern, so it is possible that these decorations were special or limited runs. (I'm sorry that this all seems so sketchy, but Lenox is famously un-forthcoming when it comes to historical information about their product.)
This particular line (labeled "O1" by a major china replacement service) is white glazed china with a simple gold "wedding band" at the rims of the pieces. This minimalist decoration emphasizes the classic lines of the china. It would work equally well in a traditional or modern setting.
For sale here is the medium of the three sizes of oval serving platter. It is 15.875" long by 11.125" wide.
Condition on this piece is a... well, it's a two sided issue: from the top, this platter appears to be in excellent to near mint condition, showing only the sort of light scratches from wear you would expect on a piece that saw only holiday use. The bottom is a different story; there is a large (1.5" long) chip to the interior of the dry foot (the rim the plate rests on) it does not affect the plate in any way, but it reduces the value greatly. The leading replacement china site is asking $240 for this size platter, although they don't have it in this decoration. I am asking much less!
Marked in gold on the bottom: "OXFORD / Bone China" followed by the Lenox "L" mark, then "SPECIAL / Made in the U.S.A."
We have a large partial set of this china that we have listed. Please search our site or email up if you are looking for particular pieces.
Item ID: 0884