Authentic 1887 Royal Worcester Queen Victoria Plate NR

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  • Item Category: Ceramics
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Sep 15, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House

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This plate is Stunning and Extremely Rare! This Authentic Queen Victoria Plate was manufactured in 1887 to commemorate the 50 Years, 1837-1887 that she reigned over the British Empire with 1887 commonly referred to as the "Jubilee Year". The fact that this plate was commissioned by a prestigious 19th Century silversmith and retailer to advertise and show customer appreciation adds to the scarceness of this plate. How amazing to find an authentic commemorative plate manufactured in the year 1887 ! The quality of the china and richness of the deep blue color of the portrait, wording and floral garland surrounding the circumference of the plate are absolutely magnificent! Please take the time to look at this plate and seize the opportunity to acquire a true piece of art !

****Please Note that the first series of pictures were taken with a flash & last three photos without a flash***

Royal Worcester Mark & Manufacturing Date

Collectors of Royal Worcester will recognize that this is a very early Royal Worcester mark; one of the first used after Kerr & Binns dissolved with Kerr retiring . As you can see, the mark consists of a circle encompassing 4 Ws surrounding a half cresent and the number 51 (i.e., commemorating 1751, the year the original pottery company was founded in England). Just above is the crown mark representing the Royal Charter and just below is the letter Y. Below the mark t is a rectangular box with the Registry Numbers 69919 or 69910 (i.e., it is difficult to make out the last two digits). This plate was easy date since the mark was clear. Research revealed that beginning in 1891, the wording "Royal Worcester, England" was added to the mark. As a result, I looked for date codes between 1887 (i.e., the date on the front of the plate) and 1891. I quickly learned that the capital " Y " just below the mark along with the impressed Y10 indicates that this plate was indeed manufactured in the year 1887 during the actual Jubilee Year!!

Design Details

At the very top center, t is a banner that reads " Jubilee Year ". As you can see, the outer circumference of the plate is a finely detailed floral and foliage garland that leads to a lower cartouche featuring ivy and berries. Encircling the plate just below the garland is the wording " Compliments of A. Stowell & Co " suggesting that this company gifted these plates to their patrons. The three inner banners created by the folds of a flowing ribbon over a wreath of laurel leaves read, " Victoria ", " Dei Gratia (i.e., Latin for By The Grace of God) , and " Reg. et Imp. 1837.1887 ". In the center of the plate is a profile portrait or bust of a young Victoria wearing her regal Crown.

Advertising Collectible

This fine china plate can also be considered a desirable advertising collectible for A. Stowell & Co., a fine silversmith and dealer of fine, high-end sterling during the 1800s in Boston Massachusetts. As stated above, the words "Compliments of A. Stowell & Co." suggest that they commissioned this porcelain plate by Royal Worcester to give as a token of their appreciaton to their best patrons.


The plate has a diameter of 10 1/2".


The commemorative plate is in amazing condition for its age with no evidence of chips, cracks, fleabites or crazing. Moreover, the transfer design is vibrant and t are no mentionable areas of loss. T are some very minor surface scratches that are not readily visible until you turn the plate under the light. The underside of the plate also look great with the except...