Porcelain souvenir plate with gilt edge and a band of sponged gold just under the rim. Hand colored central view reveals the creepy imposing edifice that was "Asylum No. 3, Nevada, Mo.", also known as "Nevada State Hospital" and "Lunatic Asylum No. 3". Built in the Second Empire style according to the Kirkbride plan the building was a mile in circumference and the largest building in Missouri when completed in 1887. Wear to the gold around the plate's edge, a few very small, light scratches that are difficult to see with the unaided eye. No chips or cracks; 5 1/2 inches in diameter. Base is back stamped in black "Wheelock" and "Made in Germany for "SeaShultz" Palace of Econemy Nevada, Mo." in a rectangle, with "Dresden" below. Old souvenir china views are miniature time machines, tiny open windows on the past.
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COLLECTION: A time machine on a shelf; a museum in the kitchen. Reach out to touch the memory of sweet childhood laughter.