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Authentic 1911 President William H. Taft Dinner Plate
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Manufacturer: Onondaga Pottery Co. (O.P.Co.) / Syracuse China
Year of Manufacture: 1911
Dimensions: 10 1/4" diameter

For your consideration is an authentic porcelain plate used at the "Breakfast for the President" on "Sept. 16, 1911". The president at this time was President William H. Taft and the breakfast was held at the Onondaga Hotel in Upstate New York. At the time, the Onondaga had only been open for just less than a year and was quite luxurious, even by New York City standards. The breakfast was one of the first stops on his 1911 cross-country tour.

The plate depicts a hand-painted and gilt pre-1912 version of the Army Presidential color (flag) in its center with a red background. The all rims and raised portions of the plates are gilded. The bottom of the plate carries the commemoration statement reading "Syracuse Chamber Of Commerce Breakfast To The President of the United States Sept. 16, 1911 "The Onondaga".

In 1912, President Taft appointed a Flag Board to discuss aspects of the upcoming 48-star flag. As part of their recommendations, they noted that there were two official flags used for the president, though incorrectly stating the designs were identical except for the background color (red for the Army flag and blue for the Navy), and recommended that a single presidential flag be adopted. Taft subsequently issued Executive Order 1556 on June 24, 1912, and an updated Executive Order 1637 on October 29, which defined the precise dimensions of the 48-star flag. Both orders additionally state that "the color of the field of the President's Flag shall be blue". This left the Navy flag unchanged, but did force a change in the Army version, and so on February 20, 1913 an order was duly issued which switched the background of the Army presidential color to blue and the color of the star in the middle to scarlet. A 46th star had previously been added to the Army color in 1908, and the blue version was also updated to have 48 stars.

The Onondaga Hotel in Syracuse, NY, was demolished in 1970.

Provenance: From the private collection of retired Army Lieutenant Colonel in San Antonio, Texas, who was born in Syracuse, New York.

Resources:

https://restaurantwarecollectors.com/RWCN-IDwiki/www.restaurantwarecollectors.com/abkforum/showwiki4e27.html?title=Presidential-Breakfast-Plate

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Condition
Item is in excellent condition with no breaks, chips, cracks, hairlines discoloration or repair. Some light wear to gilding and hand-painted decoration noted, but none that is distracting. Please see all pictures for more information on condition.
Dimensions
10.25 x 10.25 x 1 in
Weight
23 oz
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Authentic 1911 President William H. Taft Dinner Plate

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Jun 19, 2021
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0047: Authentic 1911 President William H. Taft Dinner Plate

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Lot 0047 Details

Description
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Manufacturer: Onondaga Pottery Co. (O.P.Co.) / Syracuse China
Year of Manufacture: 1911
Dimensions: 10 1/4" diameter

For your consideration is an authentic porcelain plate used at the "Breakfast for the President" on "Sept. 16, 1911". The president at this time was President William H. Taft and the breakfast was held at the Onondaga Hotel in Upstate New York. At the time, the Onondaga had only been open for just less than a year and was quite luxurious, even by New York City standards. The breakfast was one of the first stops on his 1911 cross-country tour.

The plate depicts a hand-painted and gilt pre-1912 version of the Army Presidential color (flag) in its center with a red background. The all rims and raised portions of the plates are gilded. The bottom of the plate carries the commemoration statement reading "Syracuse Chamber Of Commerce Breakfast To The President of the United States Sept. 16, 1911 "The Onondaga".

In 1912, President Taft appointed a Flag Board to discuss aspects of the upcoming 48-star flag. As part of their recommendations, they noted that there were two official flags used for the president, though incorrectly stating the designs were identical except for the background color (red for the Army flag and blue for the Navy), and recommended that a single presidential flag be adopted. Taft subsequently issued Executive Order 1556 on June 24, 1912, and an updated Executive Order 1637 on October 29, which defined the precise dimensions of the 48-star flag. Both orders additionally state that "the color of the field of the President's Flag shall be blue". This left the Navy flag unchanged, but did force a change in the Army version, and so on February 20, 1913 an order was duly issued which switched the background of the Army presidential color to blue and the color of the star in the middle to scarlet. A 46th star had previously been added to the Army color in 1908, and the blue version was also updated to have 48 stars.

The Onondaga Hotel in Syracuse, NY, was demolished in 1970.

Provenance: From the private collection of retired Army Lieutenant Colonel in San Antonio, Texas, who was born in Syracuse, New York.

Resources:

https://restaurantwarecollectors.com/RWCN-IDwiki/www.restaurantwarecollectors.com/abkforum/showwiki4e27.html?title=Presidential-Breakfast-Plate

Keywords: historical presidential government federal howard souvenir dinner dining historian restaurant ware early 20th Century US political figures politics export porcelain cabinet plate charger kitchen elegant service decor
Condition
...
Item is in excellent condition with no breaks, chips, cracks, hairlines discoloration or repair. Some light wear to gilding and hand-painted decoration noted, but none that is distracting. Please see all pictures for more information on condition.
Dimensions
10.25 x 10.25 x 1 in
Weight23 oz

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