Plate Pittsburgh Commandery No. 1 K.T. 1903 German
The Knights Templar of Pittsburgh Commandery No.1 produced a series of portrait plates to commemorate the Fiftieth Annual Conclave in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1903. A number of these plates were produced annually by Knowles, Taylor, and Knowles. This particular plate is very much like those, but was made in Germany. The green backstamp is a crown sitting atop a double circle which has "Royal Bavarian China" in the outer ring and "P.M./B." in the center. Underneath the double circle is "Germany". The green and gold rim design is exactly like the KTK plate, but the scene in the center is different. The plate has signs of age but no cracks, chips, or damage on the front. Most notable is the wear on the foot (back) of the plate where it has either rested on a shelf or hung against a wall. There are two holes in the foot to accommodate a wire with which to hang the plate. There is a chip there that in no way affects the display or the functionality of a hanging plate. It's difficult to know whether more than one company produced plates such as this. I'd welcome further information. One note: The scene in the center of the plate is every bit as clear as the photos shown of the KTK plates on the internet--my photo is dim and blurred (not the plate).
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