Today I have up for consideration a Norman Rockwell - "Reflections" Collectors plate made by The Edwin M Knowles China Co. This plate is 8-1/8" in diameter. This Plate comes with the Certificate of Authenticity & in it's original box! The back of the plate reads:
Official Rockwell Society of American
The oldest name in American Fine China - 1854 Knowles - Newell W Virginia USA
Plate Number 09982F
of the First limited edition of "Reflections" By Norman Rockwell, fourth in a annual Series for Mother's Day. Certified By the Rockwell society of America. Made in a Limited Edition Permanently Closed in May 11, 1979 By Knowles, America's Oldest Name in Fine China.
Brader Number: 84-R70-2.4
Not for food because of rare metal pigments used for color fidelity.
The History of Norman Rockwell
Norman Percevel Rockwell was a 20th-century American painter & illustrator who passed away on November 8, 1978. Rockwell's works enjoy a broad popular appeal in the United States for their reflection of the American culture. Rockwell is most famous for the cover illustrations of everyday life scenarios he created for The Saturday Evening Post magazine for more than four decades.
The History of the Edwin M Knowles China Co.
Edwin M Knowles (1869-1943) was the son of Isaac Watt Knowles (1819-1902), a founder & partner of the firm Knowles, Taylor & Knowles Co., which by the turn of the century had become the largest pottery in the world. Isaac Knowles had helped pioneer many inventions that revolutionized American dinnerware manufacturer. Edwin entered the pottery business after receiving his education at Allegheny College & Harvard University. He took control of the Potters Supply Company of East Liverpool, Ohio in 1890. by 1900, he became founder & president of the Knowles China Company, which soon changed its name to Edwin M Knowles China Co.. The Knowles facility, located in Chester, West Virginia, was described as a "model plant of the highest order". Edwin Knowles was determined that his firm would manufacture only the finest semi-vitreous ware. One year later, product from the plant was lauded by the Crockery & Glass Journal as the highest grade ware: "weight is light, its finish the finest, its shapes graceful, its decorations artistic, & its body & quality most durable." Knowles reputation for creating quality product became known throughout the industry. Demand for Knowles product grew. It wasn't long thereafter that plant No. 2 was erected, just two miles south of plant no. 1 along Ohio River in Chester West Virginia in Newell, West Virginia. Edwin M Knowles remained president of the company until his death, February 1943. Succeeding Edwin as president was Frederick Blackmore Lawrence, who would continue in this office until his death in March 1948. William A Harris Jr. would later serve as president.
This piece is free of any chips, cracks or repairs. This plate comes from a private collector & has been on display in a smoke free home. Please look at the pictures - They ARE part of the description!
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