DESCRIPTION: Waiting for your purchase is a historical milk glass plate made by the FENTON GLASS COMPANY of Williamstown, West Virginia in 1976. The plate features the famous "PROCLAIM LIBERTY THROUGHOUT ALL THE LAND" and a portrait of the Liberty Bell being rung by the Patriots. The back of the plate says "ISSUED JANUARY 1, 1976 NUMBER FOUR IN A SERIES OF FOUR" "OFFICIAL UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BICENTENNIAL COMMEMORATIVE PROJECT OF THE GENERAL FEDERATION OF WOMEN'S CLUBS."
The back of the plate also says "PROCLAIM LIBERTY THROUGHOUT ALL THE LAND UNTO ALL THE INHABITANTS THEREOF...TWO CENTURIES LATER THIS SAME PROCLAMATION STILL RINGS. THE LIBERTY BELL WITH ITS SIMPLE INSCRIPTION HAS BECOME ONE OF THE MOST CHERISHED AND REVERED SYMBOLS OF AMERICAN FREEDOM." The raised Fenton round mark is also here.
*I have all four in the series for sale*
The bicentennial plate is in the original box, but the top lid is missing.
A small background about the plates is found in the booklet (in the box of Plate #1) ~ "In an effort to instill pride of country and a rekindling of the wondrous 'SPIRIT OF 76', the General Federation of Women's Clubs has commissioned the hands of Master American Craftsman to sculpture in glass...a series of four exquisite collectors plates, which will in their entirety depict a complete and moving "Portrait of Liberty."" "These beautiful handmade commemorative plates will be designed and produced by the prestigious Fenton Art Glass Company of Williamstown, West Virginia, who will arrange for the release of one new plate each year for four consecutive years (1973,74, 75, 76). Then on July 4th, 1976, a final ceremony will take place at Independence Hall, presided over by the Presidents of the General Federation of Women's Clubs for the years 1973-1976. At this ceremony all the moulds for these plates will be publicly destroyed, thereby creating a limited edition. This means that not only will these plates become treasured heirlooms with great personal value, but also their real value is sure to increase."
MEASUREMENT: plate measures approx. 8 inches in diameter; box measures approx. 9 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches
CONDITION: Plate is in excellent unused condition; box has some minor scuffing and wear
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