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A marvelous hard to find 11" wide antique Chelsea Bird dinner plate. Judging from the ping and look of the back rim, I would say these are soft paste and, if not 18th century, then early 19th century for sure. Each is marked with the gold anchor with "snake" that was used by Bow in the mid to late 1700's (until they closed in 1776). The mark is painted on a sanded away spot on each plate, and I have read that the gold paint did not easily adhere to the finished soft paste, so that may explain why the marks are on sanded areas. These wonderful antiques came from a home that was chock full of fabulous antiques. All this makes me think that these plates are period, although it is remotely possible that they are 19th century reproductions. They are absolutely English, and they are absolutely stunning, that much is certain. The paint is clear, and the birds and insects are exquisitely rendered. Condition: very good....each plate looks as though it was rarely if ever used. There are tiny flakes of paint loss, but these are museum worthy. Thanks so much for looking!
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