Wow your guest with a whole set of these beauties! Can't you just see the oysters fitting nicely in each of their wells swimming in butter!! Back in the late 1800's almost every formal meal, which could consist of 15 courses, began with raw oysters. These were considered to be the closest thing to a classless food because of their abundance and popularity. There are plates designed for three to six oysters with a place in the center for sauce. Haviland again has produced a wonderful blank that has 5 wells for the oysters to sit and a center well for the dipping sauce. The wells form a star shape in the center of the plate. The plates have a slightly beaded scalloped rim with indented sections interspersed around it. On the wonderful bright white background pink floral swags transfers have been placed around the rim. The flowers gracefully flow down into the oyster wells. This pattern is what we believe to be Schleiger #145. Gold has been applied to the rim and around the center well accenting the pieces very nicely and adding richness to the decoration. These plates are in excellent condition with no chips or cracks. Manufacturing anomalies may exist, the occasional tiny iron speck, dust 'bump' in the glaze, etc.
Belon Oysters have a world famous name and reputation. They are the European Flat species (Ostrea edulis). The true Belon Oyster is cultivated in the Belon River, France and has the AOC protected name. Technically, only oysters from this region in France can be called Belon Oysters.
European Flat Oysters are cultivated in Washington State and in Maine and marketed as 'Belon" Oysters because they are the same species as the French Belon. The Maine "Belon" Oyster was transplanted from France in the 1950's and grows wild in the chilly waters of the Damariscotta River. They grow on hard, rocky areas on the bottom of the river and are hand harvested by divers. The river freezes over in December and harvesting is impossible until after the spring thaw. Only about 5000 are harvested each year so availability is very limited. They have a large, round, relatively shallow cup, with a beautiful scallop shaped shell tinged vibrant green from the area's algae.
European Flat Oysters have a distinctly different taste than what Americans are used to from our Pacific and Atlantic Oyster species. The Belon Oysters will be either loved or hated and are not for beginners. Belon Oyster's flavor is powerful, shocking even. They have a mild brininess, a potent coppery taste with a tannic accent and a crisp bite to the plump meats.
Backstamp: Theodore (underlined) Haviland Limoges France Patent Applied For Mark P
Measures: 8 ½" W x 1" H
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Item ID: DSH139
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