Thomas Minton Vintage 1870's Hand Painted Lifelike "Red Roses" with Gold & Silver Overlay 9-1/2" Floral Plate Made Especially For Simmons Hardware Co., St. Louis
This beautiful vintage Thomas Minton hand painted Plate, circa 1870's, was especially made for the Simmons Hardware Co., St. Louis, Missouri.
Edward Campbell Simmons was born in Maryland in 1839 and moved with his merchant father to St. Louis, Missouri in 1846 At the age of seventeen he began his career in the wholesale hardware business on the bottom rung of the ladder as a cleaner/stocker for Child Pratt and Company. In 1859 he entered the firm Wilson Levering and Waters as a clerk. This hardware business eventually evolved into E.C. Simmons and Co. He successfully developed the Simmons Hardware Company into one of the most extensive corporations of its kind with divisions in Wichita, Sioux City, Ogden, Toledo, New York, Minneapolis, and St. Louis. By the turn of the century warehouse space occupied over 1,500,000 sq feet. The company's tool plants were in New Hampshire, and its pocket knife plant in New York was the largest in the U. S. They had their own saddlery factories as well. By 1909 Simmons Hardware Catalog had over 5000 pages and was one of the largest in the country.
The attractive vintage Minton hand painted "Red Roses" Floral Plate with the Gold & Silver overlay is in excellent condition and totally free of chips, cracks, or other damage with the gold and silver overlay excellent.
The outstanding Hand Painted Lifelike "Red Roses" with Gold & Silver Overlay 9-1/2" Floral Plate displays a circa 1873 Minton Mark with the added inscription: "Made Especially for Simmons Hardward Co., St. Louis"
The beautiful hand painted Roses Plate with the attractive Gold & Silver leafing overlay was made especially for decorative use and no doubt added great beauty to every room it was displayed in.
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NOTE: All Photos were shot outside in several settings in Natural Lighting. Also, I do have a matching Thomas Minton Plate with Pink Roses.
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