Oyster plate

MAKER:
Manufacturer

Union Porcelain Works ( American, 1863 - 1922 )


Retailer

Richard Briggs

DATE:
patented 1881
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General Description

This plate is exceptional because its shape and decoration depict the seafood that was served on it. Although oysters were eaten by coastal residents from the earliest days of settlement, their consumption was not widespread until the late 19th century when improvements in transportation and refrigeration made it possible to ship such a perishable food.