I believe this is the oldest piece of Copeland Pottery I have ever acquired. It is earthenware and measures 15 1/4" x 12". There is an impressed Copeland B mark ( the B stands for Burslem) and a diamond shape registry mark. A diamond impressed mark indicates Victorian ceramics from 1842 - 1883. The impressed diamond mark on this platter dates it Jan. 3, 1883 made by English manufacturer Copeland, Staffordshire Pottery. There is also a back stamp mark with the pattern name "Silvester" inside a rectangular box.
The design is a lovely black on ivory . The scalloped border is filled with leaves and berries. The center repeats the design in a circular garland surrounded by a raised fish scale type design.
I am amazed that this platter is in such wonderful condition. It is very clean. There are no chips, crack, or crazing. It does have very light utensil marks. There is a light ink line in the center probably done when firing. This is a very nice Victorian Platter.
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