Bold strips of mauve and blue-green sponged with gold alternate around a central hand colored view on this unusual porcelain souvenir china plate. The view is of a ca 1910 Wheeling, Illinois general store, with ladies, a gentleman and children standing by the door on the raised porch in front of the store. The building has a false front to seem more impressive from the street, while large display windows advertise "J.A. Schminke Notions" and "J.A. Schminke Grocers." Posts and what appears to be a watering trough by the sidewalk at the dirt street suggest some customers would arrive by horse-drawn conveyance.
An inclusion of some kind inside the clay body caused a 3/4 inch long firing crack on the outside edge of the rim when this plate was made. It has remained stable down through the years since manufacture and is not easily noticed from the front due to the exuberant decoration, but this imperfection is visible from the rear (see pictures). Otherwise in very nice condition with light wear to the gold trim. Of all the souvenir china I have on display the loud coloration on this big plate really shouts 'look at me!'
Round 'Made in Germany' mark in red on reverse. Diameter 7 3/4 inches.
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