This incredible big plate is a full 10 inches across. It was made for the September 16, 1911 Breakfast with U. S. President William Howard Taft held at The Onondaga Hotel in Syracuse, New York.
This event was sponsored by the Syracuse NY Chamber of Commerce, after which the President toured the New York State Fair (outside Syracuse) later the same day -- documented on Wikipedia and Syracuse historical websites.
This plate is wonderful fine china, decorated with a brilliant and highly detailed flag in the center. The flag is not the formal Presidential Flag, but the artist/decorator depicted the American Eagle from the presidential seal, complete with olive branch, arrows and banner in its beak.
We were unable to find enough information about the breakfast to know how many people attended. All we can say is this that a very limited number of these plates must have been produced, and it has to be rare. Probably the attendees were allowed to take their plates home as commemorative souvenirs of the event. It may have been a political gathering or even a fund raiser but that it happened is well documented.
CONDITION: Unbelievable -- we have to say Not-Quite-Near-Mint**. The gold is exquisite, with virtually no worn or scuffed spots. Even the tiny tips on the arrows in the Eagle's left claw, and the banner in its beak, are brilliantly gold !
** IMPORTANT: If you tilt the plate in bright light and look hard, you will be able to see very light marks on the surface from use. Apparently these plates were actually used, and were not for simply decoration.
SIZE -- A full 10.25 inches across.
BOTTOM MARKINGS: Include the OPCO/SYRACUSE mark near an impressed number 86 inside a circle. This impressed mark is correct date-wise. Onondaga Pottery would make "blanks" from time to time, stored until an order would come in. Also, there would have been significant lead time ordering table service for a breakfast at which the President of the United States would be attending.
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