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Oct 15, 2014 • By Places Real Estate • 0 Comments
Oyster plates were originally manufactured in the Victorian era as an elevated way of serving, the then, new fad of shelled oysters. Today they are highly collectible for their beauty and character and serve as a fitting tribute to the area’s bounty.
Plates manufactured in the early to mid-1800’s are considered the most collectible and the hand-painted and intricately designed variety are the most valuable. A good quality authentic Victorian era oyster plate will run between $200 to $3,000 depending on rarity and desirability.
Colors and shapes vary greatly from geometrical and gold-painted, to kidney-shaped and technicolor, to pure white and circular. Whether you are interested in a single plate or amassing a vast collection, these briny beauties are always intriguing and harken to the eccentricities and ornate formalities of a bygone era.
The plates can fit nicely with a wide variety of design styles. Use your space to inform your display, geometrical, monochromatic, or colorful and organic. When displaying your collection, use plate hangers carefully as not to scratch delicate finishes. Also, minimize use, as oyster shells and utensils can easily damage surfaces.
These pearls of plates can be found in antique stores, online, and through detailers and make for a fitting and lovely tribute to the celebrated bivalves of the Lowcountry.
If you are searching for your own Lowcountry abode to hang your new oyster plate collection, have a closer look at 816 Fiddlers Point in Mount Pleasant’s Harbour Watch. Click here for more details and to schedule a private showing.