Both oyster plates are in super condition and all original. The floral is a transfer pattern of beautiful shaded pink roses and green leaves running around the plates border. It is hard to tell but I believe it is a repetition of the transfer six times. As a finishing touch there is a group of roses in the center and a lovely irregular brushed like effect gold border. Photos 1-5 are the first plate. Photos 6-10 are the second plate. You may buy one or both plates.
The porcelain is in excellent condition on both plates with no cracks, chips, nicks, scratches or repairs with both the edge and foot rims outstanding. The only thing I could find was some surface abrasion on the raised divisional arches at the sides of the oyster cups (for want of better word). The first plate has abrasion on all five arches ranging from a small minute on and off skipping line to the 1 1/4" long x 1/16" at widest point shown in photo # 5 left insert. The second plate also has all five arches effected with two having skipping lines and the heaviest one 1" long x 3/32" at widest point shown in the over exposed insert photo # 10. In my light I get a lot of reflection off the glaze and I did not see the abrasions until I did my close inspection.
The transfers are also in excellent condition with bright coloration and no nasty scratches. Both plate's transfer work appears to be all there except where an abrasion goes thru a flower (plate one-right insert photo #5/plate two-left insert photo # 10). Plate two also has a dark spot (1/4" x 1/16") of a thicker layer of color. You do see some incomplete flowers/leaves due to the plate's curves or the placement of a transfer strip as is commonly found in transfer decoration.
The plates both measure approx. 8 1/2" in dia. The marks are identical on both plates. Bawo & Dotter, of New York, opened a factory in the Limoges region of France under the name Elite Works. Pieces were marked either Elite France (our plates) or Elite Works France. Our green mark is a whiteware mark used after 1900 per on line research quoting "Collector's Encyclopedia of Limoges Porcelain", Third Edition, by Gaston, page 32. So I dated them using this quote and the McKinley Tariff Act which required country of origin to be on the item (1891-1921).
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