This 7” plate is in Mt. Washington’s Arbitus pattern. The pattern is so rare, that this is only the second example I’ve ever seen in this pattern. It shows all the fine qualities for which Mt. Washington is well known – precise cutting, quality blanks, and the most precious wood-wheel polishing.
The amount of relief in the depth of cutting of this piece is astounding. Some portions are cut right up to the surface while other miters appear deep enough to break through to the other side. A tremendous amount of accuracy was acheived by the cutter. The central portion of the plate contains a hobstar. Surrounding that hobstar is a myriad of cutting including tiny, flat hobstars, crosshatching, and fully fanned fields. Large hobstars and funs finish off the remaining portion of the pattern.
This piece is quite heavy and thick for its size. The blank is water-white in color and the cutting is wood-wheel polished to mirror-like perfection. The plate measures 7 1/8″ wide and 7/8″ tall and is in perfect condition with the exception of a couple of very tiny nicks to the teeth.
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