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1899 Cervus Alces Ceramic Plate with Elk Lodge design, Wheeling W. Virginia

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    Posted 6 years ago

    sunnynatur…
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    I found this plate today. It is faded but dated "1899, Wheeling, W. Va ", on bottom. In the center, a large moose or elk. On top is "Cerves Alvis" over a clock design indicating 11 oclock. The backstamped "Perfect" as the potters mark. I can't find a thing about the "Perfect" ceramic / pottery maker but this plate refers to the Elks lodge. Any guesses?

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    1. maryh1956 maryh1956, 6 years ago
      cervus alces =elk. Still working on the maker
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      The elk image is certainly based on the 1851 "Monarch of the Glen" by Sir Edwin Landseer , the favourite artist of Queen Victoria.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwin_Henry_Landseer
    3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      It is not a "cervus alces", it is a "cervus elaphus".

      But that plate looks German or Czech.
    4. maryh1956 maryh1956, 6 years ago
      It may have something to do with the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks.
      The Elks Lodge in West Virginia is the oldest in the state, and this may have been a gift to a member upon admission

      Still haven’t found anything on the maker, but Wheeling was once a major pottery and glass manufacturing town with biggies like Homer Laughlin established there.
    5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      There's a spoon here:
      http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nashville-sterling-souvenir-spoon-CERVUS-ALCES-ELK-BPOE-29g-/180813757241


      And a glass here:
      http://www.pre-pro.com/midacore/view_glass.php?sid=RRP1712
      "Cervus alces is the Latin name for the European elk. The addition of the clockface to creates the emblem of the BPOE (Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks), a fraternal order established in February, 1868. The 11 o'clock hour is the time at which Lodge meetings end and toasts are offered to absent brothers."
    6. sunnynature22 sunnynature22, 6 years ago
      Thanks to all of your help, I'm now certain that this plate was made for a member of the BPOE Elks in Wheeling, W. Va. It was probably given as a gift or special commemorative. I'm still curious about the maker mark but maybe it was a one-of-a-kind art piece by a local potter.

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