Martha Washington States China Plate
This plate is a historical recreation of a salad/dessert plate used by the Washington's, on Pickard’s ultra-white china which is formulated to be a French Limoges style. French Limoges china has a blue/grey undertone that is created by ingredients used and by the carbonaceous kiln atmosphere during manufacturing.On April 24, 1796, Dutch merchant Andreas Everardus van Braam Houckgeest (1739-1801) arrived in Philadelphia from Canton with "A Box of China for Lady Washington."
The center of the well features the interlocking black initials “MW” surrounded by a green laurel wreath at the center of a gilded sunburst. Below the sunburst is a ribbon, touched red at the tips, with the motto “DECUS ET TUTAMEN AB ILLO" (Honor and Defense come from it) written in black. A blue snake, biting its tail, with gilded scales and its top outlined in black, encircles the top of the rim exterior. Below it is a chain of fifteen wide green links outlined in black joined by smaller gilded links, outlined in red; each of the green links contains the name of a state: Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. Traces of gilt appear along the rim.
Our reproduction plate measures 8-1/2” in diameter. The back stamp states that the dessert plate has been authentically recreated and used during the administration of George Washington 1789-1797. Made in the USA by Pickard.
Also see our Martha Washington States Chamberstick