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Rarest UPW Oyster Plate

This is the rarest of the oyster plate made by the Union Porcelain Works around 1881. It is nicely shaped and modeled with seaweed and shells in relief as well as a gold trim. Nice colors on this one! This size and shape is the hardest to find and the most valuable. These are highly collectible and really quite nice. American porcelain after all is much less common than its European counterparts. The plate has six wells for oysters as well as one shell for the sauce. The plate is in perfect condition with a tiny bit of wear and a small firing crack on one side harder to spot from the top and from the making! It is about 1.375 inches tall, 10 inches wide and 7.75 inches deep. It is marked as shown on the underside with the U.P.W. over the eagle's head in black with PAT. JAN. 4-1881 under it. There is also a blind stamp type mark you can only see when holding it at the right angle to the light which is rectangular in shape and states Union Porcelain Works Greenpoint N.Y. I have never seen this mark before but I know it does exist in yellow as well. Please email me for more information or other pictures.

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