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Chestico Museum

Plate, Commemorative


Accession number: CMA 81-73
Object type: China
Date: 1850 – 1950
Materials: Porcelain
Measurements: 18 cm Diameter
Marks/Label: Coat of arms of Nova Scotia; Munit haec et altera vincit; Cleverdon & CO. Halifax NS
Narrative: This is a souvenir dinner plate, produced by the Cleverdon and Co. of Halifax. The coat of arms appears to have been screen printed, and the flower details on the boarder look hand painted. Considering the relative crudity of the flower painting it is safe to assume this item was sold at a department store and at a price the general public would be able to afford. The Coat of Arms of the Province of Nova Scotia is the oldest provincial achievement of arms in Canada, and the oldest British coat of arms outside Great Britain. It was granted in 1625 by King Charles I for the first Scottish colony on the Canadian mainland. The arms were also borne by the Baronets of Nova Scotia, a chivalric order. The shield, a blue saltire on a white field, is a simple reversal of the Scottish flag (a white saltire, Saint Andrew's cross, on a blue field). The crest is two hands, one naked and the other clad in armor, holding a thistle, the emblem of Scotland, and laurel. The crest is referred to in the motto, placed above the shield in a Scottish tradition, which reads Munit haec et altera vincit (One [hand] defends and the other conquers). The supporters are the unicorn from the royal arms of Scotland which is now borne by the British monarchy, and a member of the Mi'kmaq First Nation indigenous to Nova Scotia.
Description: White decorative porcelain dinner plate. It has imagery, in blue, of the Nova Scotia coat of arms on the face of the plate. Around the face, on the boarder of the plate, are flower reliefs broken into six sections; the sections are partially painted with red, blue and green paint.
Manufacturer: Cleverdon & Co.