This beautiful and unique turkey platter with meat drainer insert is in the Palmyra pattern by Sampson Hancock. The registration diamond dates the piece to 1883.
The cream-colored stoneware is background for a brown transferware pattern with heavy gold overlay on both pieces. The gold leaps out of the design. It features a floral arrangement in a vase in its center on a contrasting background, half a flower pattern and half the natural stoneware. Bands of flowers surround the central design, with a pebble-like patterned band in brown between the two floral bands. The rim of outside platter has another elaborate brown transferware patterned band which leaves voids in the patterns. creating larger flowers on uniformly spaced vines or ribbons, separated by leaves and pebbles. The drainer's pattern is the exact image of the center of the larger platter.
Condition issues: No chips, cracks or firing flaws in the larger platter. The transferware pattern is a little blurry on one side of the larger platter. The meat drainer/insert had a traumatic incident and was unprofessionally repaired (see the backside closeups, where it shows up better). It's usable as is, but a professional repair will make it even nicer. There is also minor crazing throughout the glaze finish. Light rubbing marks on a couple of spots of the back edges of the larger platter.
Age: Registration diamond dates the piece to 1883.
Size: 18" x 14" for the larger platter and 13" x 9" on the drainer/insert.
The larger serving platter could be used as a turkey platter on its own. The soft browns and sumptuous gold of this set would make it a nice centerpiece for your holiday table.
Item ID: 914
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