Weekend Finds: Black Glass Plates

This weekend I had a chance to hit up three of my favorite thrift stores on the way to see Tammy and Austin. My husband was along for the ride and I could poke around while he wrangled our two kids. Yes. Not a ton was found, but I did add to my black glass plate collection.


This plate shows a mural from Peoria, Illinois, originally housed in the Great Central Insurance Co. It depicts “crime punishment and prevention from ancient times to present day methods.” You can see cavemen, Hammurabi, Roman Law, Queen Elizabeth and so many other references. What a topic for a decorative plate.


Shortly nearby were two more. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would find so many other plates, let alone pirate-themed ones. The above plate is very thorough in giving details and amounts of sunken treasure.


Legend of buried pirate treasure? Sure, why not. All of these have a signature on them but so far I have come up empty handed. If I can figure it out I’ll let you know. I’m thinking of hanging them all together somewhere. This collection is getting a little out of hand but I’m going to roll with it.

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  1. Richard
    Posted April 8, 2015 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    I have the same plate plus one more with the same illigable signature. The second one has a crest with Audaces Fortuna Juvat. Did you ever figure out the signature?

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