This gorgeous, brightly colored, floral cake plate was made by Noritake of Japan. The backmark indicates production fell between 1918 and 1941, which was when this particular mark was in use. It is backmark MM-19 according to the Collector's Encyclopedia of Early Noritake Identification and Values by Aimee Neff Alden.
According to the backmark, the design is hand painted. The background of the plate is a pale yellowish ivory. The inner band is pale yellow. The brightly colored flowers are in shades of pink, blue, yellow, grey, red, gold, and white, with leaves of green, brown and grey. The band around the rim consists of plums, pears, and apples nestled among leaves on a black background. The rim and handles are most likely 22 or 24K gold. The plate measures about 10.75" in diameter from handle to handle.
The cake plate is in very good condition for its age. It has been used. There are light utensils marks in the center which can only be seen if tilted under bright light. Some of the gold on the handles has worn off. There is one tiny fleabite on the edge of the rim near one of the handles. It is the tiny white spot in the close-up photo. It can be felt but is otherwise hardly noticeable. All in all, it is a gorgeous plate which could still be used but absolutely would make a beautiful display piece.
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