Vintage Sterling China Plate - Gatun Dam Under Construction

Item PAN25    

This Item was Sold on 16 August 2017 for $32

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This beautiful commemorative china plate was made by the Sterling China company to commemorate the construction of the Panama Canal. There is a gold trim over the dark blue edge. The center of the plate has beautiful art depicting the famous Gatun Dam under construction as taken from the South end of Gatun locks, also under construction. The art was probably painted using a real photo because the terracing of the dam and the hills in the background are accurate. In the 1960s, I was a teen living in Gatun and I used to swim along the edge of the dam between the South end of Gatun Locks and the Gatun Spillway with my spear gun. I would dive down to the terraced surfaces and shoot very large snook and tarpon with my spear gun. The back of the plate has " Sterling China " stamped on the back. On top of the manufacturer's logo the words " Souvenir From Whalom Park, Fitchburg, Mass. " stamped in gold lettering. This plate is very beautiful and in very nice condition. There is crazing as expected and multiple small manufacturing flaws and light scratches, but there are no chips or dings.

Diameter = 21 cm (8 inches) ; Weight = 368 gm (12- ounces)

Most of the plates that I sell are vintage. It should be expected that these items will have some sort of wear or patina unless listed as "mint". Flaws created during the manufacturing may not be mentioned as these are part of the character of vintage or antique items. These flaws may, however, be mentioned if they cause a structural defect affecting the items integrity. I do provide large photos of each item so that you can see the condition. Thank you for your interest in this item.

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