SPODE THE CHRISTMAS TREE YEAR PLATE ANNUAL COLLECTOR PLATE 2009 + Orig. Box
Spode Christmas Tree 2009 Annual Collector Plate in its original box. The plate has the central Christmas Tree motif. The rim is decorated with a border with red ribbon strung through gold rings, hanging bunches of holly and mistletoe, a pale green with white snowflakes edge, and a red line as the outside border. The year 2009 appears immediately below the Christmas tree inside the rim.
The back of the plate has a sprig of mistletoe then: Christmas Tree - 2009 Annual Collection - Edition limited to year of issue. This collection has been created using the original 'Christmas Tree' central motif first introduced in 1938. - Spode - S3324-A9 - (c) 1938. There is a white label that reads: 2009 Annual Collector Plate - Q2/09 - bar code 092764056270 - Made in China C43 - MSRP $43.00.
The plate measures about 7 3/4 inches across, and weighs 11 7/8 ounces in its box.
The box is marked on the front: NEW - Since 1938 Christmas Tree - Celebrating Traditions - Spode. The back of the box reads: The Story of Spode Christmas Tree - In 1938, Harold Holdway, a young designer in Spode's England office, was asked to design a Christmas pattern for the American market. He was faced with a dilemma...he had never seen a decorated Christmas tree! In his first sketch the presents were suspended from the branches. "Wouldn't that cause them to droop?" he wondered. He amended his sketches when told the American tradition was to place gifts under the tree. Holdway used another Christmas icon in a most delightful way, adorning the top of the tree with jolly St. Nick. We find his design both unique and charming, as do Spode Christmas Tree lovers the world over. Then - the name SPODE appears. There is also a white label with the same information on it as the label on the back of the plate. Finally, there is some product information about Spode and Portmeirion.
The plate is in excellent, like-new condition, with no chips, cracks, or crazing. There are no signs of wear or use. Never used. Asking $25.00.
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