Although antique oyster plates generally don't fall into categories, the phrase "Turkey Oyster Plate" is used to describe the arrangement of brown oyster shells we see in this plate.. The five wells in these oyster plates are arranged (no doubt accidentally) so that the head and tail of a turkey can be discerned when the plate is oriented in a certain way .(In our first photograph, head to the left, tail feathers to the right.) Haviland originated this design for a set of plates ordered by the Hayes White House, and the design was repeated in a variety of colors in later years. This lovely white, brown and gilt plate, with purple accents, falls into that category. Incidentally, the color purple is rare in oyster plates, even as an accent. Note the various ribbon decorations which complement the rest of the design. The plate has a 9 inch diameter and is in excellent condition. The mark on the back is hard to make out but shown in one of the pictures. Essentially the same plate appears on page 67 of the book "Collecting Oyster Plates" by Snyder.