Between the 1920's and the 1960's Wedgwood maintained a niche market it had created for itself designing and manufacturing suites of plates (and occasionally full dinnerware services) for the great colleges and universities of the United States. They were (apparently) sold as fund-raisers by alumni groups and students unions, and were generally manufactured in groups of twelve individual images (service for 12 being the standard for a dinnerware service in that era, though in some cases, with smaller schools, fewer views were made. I believe that this is the case with these plates, as we have never been able to find more than these four views.
they were manufactured for Trinity College (now Trinity University) in Washington, DC. The school, founded in 1897, is a private Catholic women's college, run by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. Unlike so many all-female schools found in the late 19th century, Trinity remains women's-only to this day and has dealt with the problem of decreased enrollment by opening its doors to the urban poor of Washington.
The four plates in this series are: "The Red Roof", featuring the distinctive Mansard roof of the central section of Main Hall, which was designed by Philadelphia architect Edwin Forrest Durang; "Main Entrance", the portico of the same; "Alumnae Hall", the school's Beaux Arts dining hall; and Notre Dame Chapel, the school's own house of worship, built in 1924.
The plates are Wedgwood Queensware (creamware) in the Edme blank, which was Wedgewood's most popular dinnerware pattern throughout the 20th century. They're transfer-printed in red from hand-engraved copper printing plates.
Condition: all have a few scattered knife marks from use which can only be seen under close inspection in raking light (yes, people did actually serve food on their Wedgwood school plates!); The Red Roof and Alumnae Hall also have glaze crazing a minor manufacturing issue common to Wedgwood creamware of this era.
They're 10.5" in diameter.
Mark: Impressed Wedgwood marks, dated 1950. Red printed marks with the Wedgwood and Jones, McDuffee and Stratton importer's marked and captions.
Price is per plate. We are also offering the set of four at $150.