Featured IMPOSSIBLE TASK #3 A Diner Plate for Royal Service?

Discussion in 'Pottery, Glass, and Porcelain' started by vitry-le-francois, Nov 11, 2022.

  1. vitry-le-francois

    vitry-le-francois Well-Known Member

    Found this plate at the bottom of a box lot of unwanted porcelain items at a local auction. It was a daunting task, but I had to bid all the up to $3 to get it. I know, I know... rough life ;)

    Anyway, the back is embossed "MINTONS" with another mark I can't read. The front features a crown with the initials "VR" or "RV" in the center.

    Ya think this could have been used at some stately castle by a king/queen and their court?

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  2. ola402

    ola402 Well-Known Member

    Now that's a pretty plate! I don't know who might have owned it, but I think it's noteworthy that the florals are shamrocks, Thistle and roses. Makes me think of Ireland, Scotland and something else. Might be a hint.
  3. janetpjohn

    janetpjohn Well-Known Member

  4. pearlsnblume

    pearlsnblume Well-Known Member

    Now that is stunning.
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  5. ola402

    ola402 Well-Known Member

    So the VR or RV is for Queen Victoria?
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  6. Joe in PA

    Joe in PA Well-Known Member

  7. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Tudor Rose, symbol of England. But no leek for Wales.

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  8. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    BTW, The title should read "dinner" not diner. I was not expecting something totally inappropriate for the "blue plate special" in a "greasy spoon." ;)
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  9. vitry-le-francois

    vitry-le-francois Well-Known Member

    lol @Bakersgma, it was a typee, er, tipo...TYPO!
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  10. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    :hilarious: Yeah, I know. ;)
  11. vitry-le-francois

    vitry-le-francois Well-Known Member

    So are ya all saying the QUEEN herself may have licked this plate after dining on Beef Wellington??
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  12. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    Don't we wish. But unlikely.
  13. kyratango

    kyratango Bug jewellery addiction!

    Why not! It doesn't bear the inscriptions the repro from the shop has!
    Some indelicate host stole it???:playful:
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  14. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    According to the V&A, 1887 which was the year of the Queen's Jubilee.

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  15. vitry-le-francois

    vitry-le-francois Well-Known Member

    I'm with @kryratango on this (not me being selfish or anything!).
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  16. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    For comparison.


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  17. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    Same design all right. Her Majesty was known for giving away oddments of clothing etc once she'd used them, in the interests of promoting British industry etc. (she knew they'd be souvenirs) Maybe the same was done with the plates? Or a guest swiped one.(LOL)
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  18. vitry-le-francois

    vitry-le-francois Well-Known Member

  19. gauntlettgems

    gauntlettgems Well-Known Member

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  20. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    Blimey. Nice find.
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