Some very fine vintage 1930's Lenox dinner plates from the Lenox historical China line. The pieces in this pattern feature images of famous (and sometimes not-so-famous) Americans scenes and landmarks.
They are printed with images designed by Minga Pope Patchin, who was a moderately famous illustrator in her day who did several sets of designs for Lenox (she was also architect John Russel Pope's sister). Her illustrations here are described as being from "old prints and drawings of the period".
The plates themselves must have been designed to take printing of this time: they have a wide, plain border and a very deep well with a flat center. They are marked on the back with the green wreath mark and dated 1933.
We have eleven different plates. I suspect there would have originally been 12 in the pattern line. The 11 images are:
-The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas -Old Caste Garden (New York City's Castle Clinton) -St Philip's Church Charleston - 1837 South Carolina -New Orleans Picayune Ferry 1833 -Homewood Baltimore - 1801 (Charles Carroll mansion) -Governor's House St. Augustine - Florida 1764 -San Luis Rey de Francia - California 1802 -State Street - Boston - 1849 -Commissioners Hall - Philadelphia - 1860 (I believe this is the Commissioner's Hall of Northern Liberties) Post Office, San Fransisco - 1849 South Water Street -Chicago - 1832
The fascinating thing about these view is not just the window they give us to look back into the past of the early 19th century, but to see how that past was perceived in the 1930's. The images presented here were obviously chosen because they represented very early or very unusual views.
The plates are 10.5" in diameter.
Condition: no wear from use, no utensil marks, no chips cracks, etc. There is wear to the inner gold band on all the plates, due to the way they stack: the plates have a very wide foot rim, which rubs against the inner edge of the well of the plates.
Price is for the set.
Item ID: 1966