This beautifully detailed old metal plate is a fine example of the Vienna Art Plates that were popular in the early 1900’s. This particular plate is noted as a Knights of Columbus Souvenir. In the center is a nice representation of Christopher Columbus. The outer ring of the plate has a heavily gilded and dark green design with three emblems representing the fraternal organization that was established in 1882. Being marked as a souvenir it could have been for one of the annual conventions, perhaps the convention marking 25 years which would have been in 1907. On the back is the Vienna Art Plates logo - Pat. Feb. 21st 1905.
It measures about 10” in diameter and is in very nice condition with minimal wear. It has good color and gloss. There is a small area in Columbus’ hair which I have poited out in the photo, where there is some scratch/rub wear. There are small nicks on the front and edge. I have pointed out the largest and most obvious. The entire plate has very fine pitting which can only be seen when held at a certain angle. It is a beautiful presentation piece.
The pictures are not shown at actual size. Please refer to the description for actual measurements.
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