Vintage Maryland Souvenir Plate - Baltimore Oriole Bird and Black Eyed Susan Flowers circa 1960s
From the land where crab is king, comes this gorgeous vintage souvenir plate of Maryland featuring the state's colorful birds and bright flowers.
Embellished with a lacy gold rim and colorful imagery of a Baltimore Oriole perched above a bouquet of black-eyed susans, this vintage 1960s souvenir plate is a beauty in both form and function. Although it is unmarked on the back it was made by American Ironstone in the mid-20th century as part of the tourism gift market. About 75% of Americans owned cars in the 1950s which made state-to-state road trips a super fun way to travel around our big country. To commemorate such jolly travels, souvenir plates of places visited became a popular display and conversation pieces once travelers returned back home. Today these charming plates hold equal appeal as a fun way to commemorate special experiences in your own life.
- Gorgeous bright color arrangement includes blue, grey, black, rust, yellow, spring green, brown, and gold against a creamy white background
- Beautiful gold lace pattern around rim
- Pretty bird and flower imagery
In lovely vintage condition. No chips or cracks. Some light fading in some spots around gold rim. Some light scratches in transferware near beak and in a cursive font, but overall barely noticeable. There is some gold paint around the edge on the underside of the plate, possibly from other plates with gold rims that were stacked and stored underneath this one.
Measures 9" inches in diameter.
Whether you call Maryland home or a friend or family member does, souvenir state plates make for fun wall displays and unique gift-giving. Hang it on a wall, wrap it up for your best bride's wedding gift, or incorporate it into your own serving pieces as a striking conversation starter during your next meal. Any way you look at it, this plate is definitely a pretty way to mark a memory!