This Victorian bread plate in the Chain With Star pattern was originally made by Bryce Brothers in 1882 and was called Pattern #79; then it was made by U.S. Glass in the early 1890's.
The plate has so much character to it! The scallops are unusual in that there are extra little pieces of glass between each of the scallops and the handles are quite fancy. The large star in the center is quite lovely; you can even see a little bubble in the glass in this area.
The weight on this piece is quite substantial. You will appreciate it so much more in person! It weighs over 2-1/4 pounds.
OMN: Bryce No. 79
AKA: Chain; Frosted Chain
Maker: Bryce Brothers; U.S. Glass Company
Plate turns deep yellow when placed under a black light, attesting to its antique age.
Measurements: Plate measures 11-1/4" wide not including the handles or 13-3/4" including the handles and 1-3/4" tall (handles are just slightly taller than 2"); it is not a flat plate as we have today but has the depth more like a large rim soup bowl. This is typical of the Victorian bread plates.
As for any antique piece of glass, there are usually going to be some minor issues to mention but for all appearances sake, this piece is just beautiful! I didn't notice at first then one of the little scrolls next to one handle has a chip on the top of it. It isn't even noticed because the shape of the scroll is still intact. Besides this, there are a handful of tiny nips around the inside edge just inside the scalloped rim and some mild scratching, mostly on the area where the 'bowl' section joins with the chain rim. None of this is noticed unless held up to the light. The glass is clean and clear with no cloudiness. The scallops are all perfect. This piece is a beauty!
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