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1990 Martha Washington's States China

1990 Martha Washington's States China

Price: $18.95

    

One of the most interesting sets of china owned by the Washington family is the "States" china. Martha Washington's initials, set upon a starburst, serve as the central motif on the Chinese porcelain plate, and it is the inspiration for this 24-karat gold-finished brass ornament. The sunburst is encircled by a chain enclosing the names of the fifteen states, a design that Dutch American collector, Everardus van Braam Houckgeest adapted from the fractional dollars issued by the Continental Congress in 1776. The chain symbolizes strength and union, a sentiment echoed by the motto "Decus et Tutamen ab Illo," which is translated as "a glory and defense from it." Noticeable is the unusual spelling of some of the states.

Item # 31633
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