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  • Item Category: Toys, Dolls, Games & Puzzles
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jul 17, 2008
  • Channel: Auction House


Up for auction is an antique calendar plate depicting Betsy Ross sewing the first American flag. The back of the plate is hallmarked by The D.E.McNicol Pottery Company East Liverpool, Ohio. D.E. McNicol was located in the city once known as the "Pottery Capital of the World", East Liverpool, Ohio from 1892 through the1920's. At its peak, East Liverpool produced more than half of the United States's annual ceramics output.

This lovely example of an "advertising giveaway" illustrates a patriotic historical event decal affixed to the plate underneath a glaze. The image shows Ross sewing the infamous five-pointed star on America's first flag. She was commissioned to do so by members of the Continental Congress which included George Washington. During the Christmas season, local businesses gave away plates such as this as promotional gifts to their customers. This 1914 Ross plate came compliments of T.P Yager, Inc. Cross Keys and Penn Laird. We were able to find out that in 1897, T.P. Yager was a secretary at the Cross Keys Home Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Virginia. Yager must have subsequently incorporated by 1914.

Measuring 8 1/4" in diameter with a scalloped edge, this well used plate has most of its gold trim worn off, but the months of the year are still very clear. The Betsy Ross center decal has vivid color even with the discoloration on 3/4's of the plate. The glaze is highly crazed and t is a slight 1 1/2" crack located at about 11 o'clock on the front of the plate. The crack is very faint on the front with it being more noticable on the back. The photo we took is of the back. Calendar plate lovers will surely want to add this inexpensive means of advertising to their beautiful and lasting collections!

Bid with confidence! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own this item at an unbeatable price. We have over 29 years of experience in the retail business. Please feel free to ask us questions prior to bidding!

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