Antique English Plates Flow Blue N.Y. Views of Albany & Peekskill – Primping Your Home

Antique English Plates Flow Blue N.Y. Views of Albany & Peekskill



Antique English Plates Flow Blue N.Y. Views of Albany & Peekskill
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These 9 inch flow blue plates with views of Albany and Peekskill, New York, are simply stamped "England" in blue on the reverse of each plate. This indicates a manufacture date between 1890, when the McKinley Tariff Act mandated that foreign imports to the U.S. had to be marked with the country of origin and 1914, when an amendment to the act required the mark to read "Made in...". Logically, however, the plate cannot have been produced before the date that any of the buildings pictured were built. Here are those dates:

Views of Albany:
The central picture is the State Capitol, opened in 1899
The Post office was built from 1879 to 1883
The City Hall was opened in 1883
The Governor's Mansion was built in 1860
and there is a panel with 2 scenes that are artist's drawings of Fort Frederick {demolished in 1789} and State Street in 1715
So this plate dates from 1899 to 1914 {all of the buildings are still standing and still in use}

Views of Peekskill:
The central picture is the Guardian Building, started in 1904, completed 1909
The Elks Club House was completed in 1903--still used as the Elks Lodge
The New High School {formally named Drum Hill High School} was built 1909-1911 and used as a school until 1929 {it's now a senior living center}
St. Mary's Convent--This was a multi-building complex; pictured is the school, which opened in 1911 {currently abandoned}
There's also a panel with a "View of Hudson River."
This plate then dates from 1911 to 1914.

The flow blue on these plates is controlled, to keep the views intact, but the backs are spattered with dots of the cobalt. The back of the Albany plate has a few fine hairlines, which do not show on the front. The back of the Peekskill plate has no hairlines. The blue color on both plates is very vibrant and the clear top glaze still glossy. There are no chips or cracks--in fact, the plates look wonderful, ready to display on a plate rail or in your china cabinet.

NOTE: Price is for both plates.

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