Here is a great vintage Edwin Knowles Yorktown Shape Chop Plate featuring Pastel Sailboats! A pattern of six sailboats, each with a single sail, of different sizes, shapes, and angles, are clustered together in the lower left quadrant of the plate. Each simple brown boat has a sail of pastel pink, blue, or yellow, and the largest boat has a pink, black, and white striped cover or cushion. The boats float on water reflecting the colors of the sails. The Yorktown shape is characterized by the wonderful Art Deco-style angled handles, here in yellow and black.
A chop plate is a circular platter meant for serving meat, and at 10-3/4 inches in diameter, 11-3/4 inches across the handles, it serves as a wonderful tray for everything from meat and cheese to dinner rolls or drinks!
Made by Edwin Knowles circa 1937, the back stamp is the green underglaze Edwin Knowles Ship Mark. The words "Edwin M. Knowles China Co." arch over the ship, followed by “Union Made in U.S.A. 37-9“ indicating the year of manufacture, then finished with “Yorktown Shape.”
There is a 1-1/2 inch long rough area on the back of the plate as though it touched something in the kiln. There are expected surface scratches from normal use, and a 1-inch wiggly scratch on the backside. There are no major chips, but there are about 6 tiny dark spots around the edge where the plate may have been knocked against something.
What a fun plate for your lake house or summer cottage!
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Vintage Edwin Knowles Yorktown Shape Chop Plate Pastel Sailboats circa 1937