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Item/Description: Vintage “U.S.A. 1967" Sheffield bone white calendar & zodiac plate.
The front side of this stunning shell twist border porcelain plate, which commemorates the year 1967, is elaborately and lavishly gold-decorated with gilded embellishments enhancing not only the gilt-rimmed scalloped edging but the surface of the plate as well.
The gold surface ornamentation design imagery of this exquisitely elegant commemorative plate consists of the following:
*At the center-most point of this lovely “swirling ruffles”-design decorative plate appears one of the most iconic national symbols of the United States - an American Eagle bird - inside a circle, with the wording “U.S.A. 1967" appearing both above and below him.
*Surrounding this majestic bird are the names and symbols for all twelve (12) astrological signs of the zodiac: Capricorn “The Goat”; Aquarius “The Water Bearer”; Pisces “The Two Fishes”; Aries “The Ram”; Taurus “The Bull”; Gemini “The Twins”; Cancer “The Crab”; Leo “The Lion”; Virgo “The Virgin”; Libra “The Scales”; Scorpio “The Scorpion”; and Sagittarius “The Centaur”.
*Next, surrounding each of these astrology horoscope captions & symbols are all twelve (12) calendar months - January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, and December - which are represented both with wording as well as the symbolic graphic imagery of miniature “calendar pages”, thus paying tribute to and commemorating the year 1967.
***What a marvelous gift this “Year of 1967" plate would make for commemorating such special occasions as anniversaries and birthdays!
Excerpted Online Research Information About Calendar Plates (attributed to Kovels): “Calendar plates were very popular in the United States from 1906 to 1929. Since then, a few plates have been made every year...Calendar plates were commonly used as gifts or promotions, sometimes featuring advertising by merchants...”.
Age/Period: Vintage - 1967 (1960s)
Manufacturer/Identification/Markings/Country of Origin: Underside of this beautiful ruffled plate is backstamped/marked “Sheffield Bone White U.S.A.”.
Material(s)/Format: Porcelain china
Size/Measurements: 10 1/4" in diameter