T & V Limoges France 1900 Hand Painted "Great Seal of the United States" Scenic Cream Pitcher by the Washington DC National Remembrance Shop
National Remembrance Shop, Washington, DC
The National Remembrance Shop (Circa 1900--- 1924), was located at 1333 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C. and are long defunct as a company. To be more specific, they were located on the second block between the Washington Post and Times Buildings, one-half block below Willard’s Hotel, directly across from the Mt. Vernon Railway Station, and within five minutes’ walk of the White House, U.S. Treasury, State, War and Navy Departments, and their old location is now the site of the Marriott Hotel and National Shops Mall (from research). The N.R.S. proudly would state in their advertisements;
“EVERYONE visiting Washington desired to take away something as a remembrance of the visit to the nation's Capital, or as a gift for the friends at home. It was the aim of the National Remembrance Shop to supply such things that shall have also some artistic merit. Here are sold wares of gold, silver, wood, china, leather. Pictures. Books of Views and all sorts of things suitable as souvenirs or gifts. The prices were reasonable; the goods are well made and serviceable, and withal pleasing to the eye, even the most inexpensive articles (and there are many such) being of a character to appeal to persons of cultivated taste. The Remembrance Shop is unique in its furnishings and general character, and on its tables are shown many odd things not to be found elsewhere. Everyone was cordially invited to inspect the articles shown here. All visitors were equally welcome, whether purchasers or not. No one is ever urged to buy. (Quote from 1903 ad in: A Practical Guide to the Library of Congress Paintings, by Foster & Reynolds, Washington, 1903).
Tremendously popular in the early 1900's was China decorated with the "Great Seal of the United States" and made especially for the National Remembrance Shop in Washington DC. Tea Sets, Dinner Sets, and Luncheon Sets and their individual pieces were highly popular. No other shop in America sold this special China making pieces today scarce indeed.
This fine Cream Pitcher [3-1/2" tall & 4-1/4" long] example, decorated on a T & V Limoges France blank, displays the "Great Seal of the United States" against a white background. Fancy gilded gold stenciling surrounds the top of the Cream Pitcher on both sides. Additional gilded gold graces the top rim, base and large fancy handle.
The beautiful T & V Limoges France National Remembrance Shop Cream Pitcher is in excellent condition and is totally free of chips, cracks, or other damage with the extensive gilded gold near pristine. It appears that this 100 hundred + year old Cream Pitcher was used strictly for displays.
The attractive "Great Seal of the United States" Cream Pitcher displays an early "T & V Limoges France" mark and "The National Remembrance Shop, Washington, DC" mark with an additional emblem on the underside displaying a variation the US Great Seal.
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